The Dynamics of Memory in the New Europe

The Dynamics of Memory in the New Europe

Nottingham Trent University University of Durham University of Karlsruhe
United Kingdom
Vom - Bis
13.09.2007 - 15.09.2007
Bill Niven

This year, the European Union has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. The inaptness of the logo marking the occasion, 'Together since 1957' highlights what can be seen as one of the key obstacles to the emergence of a European identity: the lack of a common history. Whereas collective memories of war and destruction provided post-war western Europe with an important impetus to push forward the European project, collective memories in the EU of 27 countries are arguably characterised more by diversity and fragmentation.

The forthcoming international and interdisciplinary conference “The Dynamics of Memory in the New Europe” will examine the dynamics and landscapes of memory in contemporary Europe.


Conference programme

Thursday 13 September 2007

10:30 - 11:15 Registration and coffee

11:30 - 13:00 Parallel sessions I

Panel I: The Study of Memory

Claudia Lenz (Oslo), Collective Memories in Germany
Nina Leonhard (Strausberg) – Between ‘Realms of Memory’ and ‘Memory Culture’: A Study of Memory Studies in France and Germany au deuxième degree

Panel II: Collective Memories in Germany

Liza Candidi (Udine/Berlin) – Building and Erasing Memory in Post-socialist Berlin’s Urban Space
Alexandra Kaiser (Tübingen) – Performing the New German Past: Commemoration Days and Commemorative Rituals in United Germany
Ingrid Manka (Vienna) – The Former Nazi Party Rally Grounds in Nuremberg as a Collective Heritage

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Parallel sessions II

Panel I: The Quest for a European Identity

Katerina Serafeim (Thessaloniki) – A Common European Identity: Seeking Unity in Diversity
Stuart Burch (Nottingham) – The Swedish Lion Memorial in Narva, Estonia
Mark Wagstaff (London) – Critiquing the Stranger, Inventing Europe: Integration and the Fascist Legacy

Panel II: Collective Memory of Victims and Perpetrators

Madelon de Keizer (Amsterdam) – The Europeanisation of Memory1945: Lidice, Oradour, and Putten (Netherlands)“
Laura Jockusch (New York) – A European Jewish Community of Victims? Documenting and Commemorating the Destruction of European Jews in Postwar Europe, 1945-1950
Judith Meddick (London) – Memories of Victimhood and Perpetration in "El lápiz del carpintero" ["The Carpenter’s Pencil"] by Manuel Rivas (1998)

15.30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Plenary

Stephen Welch (Durham): Political Culture and Collective Memory in the new Europe

19.30 Dinner

Friday 14 September 2007

09:30 – 11:00 Parallel Sessions III

Panel I: Identities and Conflicting Memories in Europe

James Koranyi (Exeter) -- The ‘West Europeanisation’ of Memory: The Case of Romanian German Émigrés
Gabriel Koureas (Birkbeck) -- Constructing National and Ethnic Identities through Conflicting Memories: The Case of Cyprus
Colette Lawson (Nottingham) - TBA

Panel II: The Spanish Civil War in Memory

Clare Wydell (Lancaster) – (Per)Forming a Collective Memory: Spanish Civil War Fascicles as Cultural Identity Capital
Mercedes Maroto Camino (Lancaster) — War, Wounds and Women: Collective Memory of the Spanish Civil War from Victor Erice’s "Spirit of the Beehive" (1973) to Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s "Labyrinth" (2006)
Lorraine Ryan (Limerick, IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholar) – The Intergenerational Effect:: the Reconceptualisation of the Spanish Civil War in Alfons Cervera’s "La Noche Inmóvil"

11:00 – 11:30 Tea/Coffee

11:30 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions IV

Panel I: Contemporary Holocaust Memory in European Societies I

Slawomir Kapralski (Warsaw) -- Holocaust Memory and the Politics of Identity in Contemporary Poland
Anton Legerer (Vienna/Florence) – Remembrance and Processing Memory within German Protestantism
Lynne Fallwell (Lubbock, Texas) – Barracks to Beerhalls: Holocaust Memorialization and the Casual Tourist

Panel II: Collective Memories of German Suffering and Perpetration

Jörg Arnold (Southampton) – Kassel, Magdeburg and the Memory of Mass Death in Aerial Warfare from the 1940s to the Present
Jens Nagel (Zeithain) – Remembrance of Prisoners of War as Victims of National Socialist Persecution and Destruction in Post-war Germany
Eric Langenbacher (Washington) – The Memory of German Suffering and the Question of Europe

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Parallel Sessions V

Panel I: Contemporary Holocaust Memory in European Societies II

Martina Staats (Celle) – How former prisoners and their relatives recollect their memories of Bergen-Belsen
Robert Knight (Loughborough) Austrian Collective Memory from Holocaust to Jubilee
Annette Seidel-Arpaci (Leeds) - Unaccessible Pasts? On the Construction of Divided Memories in the Context of Migration and Holocaust Memory

Panel II: National, Transnational and Global Memories and Europe

Armin Owzar (Münster) –Thinking of Europe – Thinking of World War: Topoi of the European Memory
Henning Meyer (Paris) -- Other Places, Other Times, Other Memories: The Changing of French Memory Culture of the Second World War and the Idea of ‘Global Memory’
Hans Joachim Hahn (Oxford) – Ach(tung) Europa

15.30 – 16:00 Tea/Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Plenary II (TBA)

19.30 Dinner

Friday 15 September 2007

09:30 – 11:00 Parallel Sessions VI

Panel I: Collective Memories in eastern Europe, Past and Present

Anna Di Lellio-Crawford (New York) – The Battle for Europe on the Field of the Blackbirds
Monika Stromberger (Graz) – European Integration and Yugoslavian Memories: Discourses in Postwar Slovenia
Bill Niven (Nottingham) - TBA

Panel II: Expressing Memory and Identity in Europe

Alec Badenoch (Eindhoven) -- Re-constructing the Big Machine: Transnational Networks and European Memory
Daniela Kneissl (Paris) – Photographing Europe? Visual Memories and Constructions of a European History
Davide M. Artico (Wroclaw) – Why ‘Reconquered Lands’? Definitions of western Poland after WWII

11:00 – 11:30 Tea/Coffee

11:30 – 13:00 Parallel Sessions VII

Panel I: Post-Communism and National Memory

Lene Otto (Copenhagen) – The Politics of Post-Socialist Memory
Anselma Gallinat (Newcastle) – Producing Collective Memory of the East German Past
Snezhana Dimitrova (Blagoevgrad) – Imagined Europe in Post-communist Textbooks: Traumatic Places of Collective Memory

Panel II: Constructions/Perceptions of Europe and the Past

Tamara Ehs (Vienna) – How to Fill the Identity Gap: Memory or Action?
Christian Gudehus (Essen) – A European Memory? How Austrians, Germans and Poles Discuss the Past and its Remembrance.
Ruth Wittlinger (Durham): British-German Relations and Collective Memory

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and Departure


Julie Stravino

Nottingham Trent University