Public and applied history on the battlefield of europe. Dealing with painful pasts in the 20th century

Public and applied history on the battlefield of europe. Dealing with painful pasts in the 20th century

Jean-Monnet-Network for Applied European Contemporary History, Dennis Dierks, Juliane Tomann
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Rosensäle
Vom - Bis
07.11.2017 - 09.11.2017
Juliane Tomann

History and representations of the past have become an increasingly public issue, especially over the past decades. Public and Applied History aim at responding to this challenge. They provide an innovative approach to historical sciences that deals with the intersections between academic research and society’s methods of producing historical knowledge. This approach is the underlying idea of the Jean Monnet Network “Applied European Contemporary History”. As part of the broad field of Public History, the network aims to explore how methods of dealing with the past can be informed by a deeper understanding of the historical cultures of the neighbouring European countries. Comprising members from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Poland, and Serbia, the network strives to explain national historical cultures in their specific constructions and further create relationships between them, thus making potential conflicts both appreciated and understood.

During our first conference, we will discuss the network’s approach with interested scholars and practitioners from European countries in order to map the European landscape of Public and Applied History.


Tuesday, November 7th

17.00 – 18.00

Welcome Remarks
Dennis Dierks, Juliane Tomann

Stefan Berger (Bochum): Is There a European Memory of Painful Pasts, Can There Be One and Should There Be One? Some Reflections with Regard to Museum Landscapes in Europe.

Wednesday, November 8th

Part I: Concepts and Approaches

9.00 – 10.30
Approaches to Public and Applied History across Europe I
Chair: Gita Deneckere (Ghent)
Cord Arendes (Heidelberg): Germany
Mirco Carrattieri (Montefiorino): Italy
Elli Lemonidou (Patras): Greece

10.30 – 10.45
Coffee Break

10.45 – 12.15
Approaches to Public and Applied History across Europe II
Chair: Cord Arendes (Heidelberg)
Joanna Wojdon (Wrocław): Poland
Julia Lajus (St. Petersburg): Russia
Jelena Đorđević (Belgrade): History in a Post-truth Society: Serbia

12.15 – 13.15

13.15 – 14.15
Conceptual Influences of Public / Applied History
Chair: Juliane Tomann (Jena)
Miloš Ničić (Belgrade): Tourism, Heritage and Public/Applied History: Convergence Points.
Daniel Münch (Jena): How to Call the Use of History in Society? The Three Terms Memorial Culture, Public History and Historical Culture in Comparison.

Part II: Case Studies

Focus I: Narratives, Media and Institutions

14.15- 15.45
Reinterpretations of World War II
Chair: Annette Weinke (Jena)
Chantal Kesteloot (Brussels): 1994-1995. Towards a New World War II Paradigm?
Soňa Mikulová (Berlin): The Cephalonia Massacre in German Memorial Culture: An Elusive Triumph of the Recent Initiatives from Below?
Agata Beata Domachowska (Toruń): Draža Mihailović and Public History in Serbia – Traitor or Hero?

15.45 – 16.15
Coffee break

16.15 – 17.15
How to Reflect and Enlighten Histories of Conflict with Film and TV?
Chair Axel Doßmann (Jena)
Maciej Czerwiński (Kraków): Documentary Movies and New Visions of WWII in the Croatian and Serbian Narratives.
Ana Dević (Novi Sad/Bologna): Film as a Method of Counter Hegemony: Yugoslav Cinema Against Historical and Memory Revisionisms.

17.15 – 18.15
Museums I
Recontextualizations of Afro-European Entanglements
Chair: Dennis Dierks (Jena)
Georgi Verbeeck (Leuven/Maastricht): The Haunting Past of Colonialism in Belgium: From the Lumumba Enquiry to a Refurnished Museum of Central Africa.
Olga Majnolović Pintar (Belgrade): A Time Capsule or the Alternative Discourse: The Museum of African Art in Belgrade.


Thursday, November 9th

9.00 – 10.00
Museums II
Chair: Nataša Jagdhuhn (Jena)
Museums and the Task of Reconciliation
Simone Benazzo (Warsaw): Everything is Not Illuminated Yet: The Quest for Transnational Memory.
Zofia Wóycicka (Berlin): Museums as a Tool of Historical Reconciliation: Negotiating the Past at the German-Russian Museum in Berlin Karlshorst.

Focus II: The Dimension of Space

10.00 – 11.15
Urban Landscapes of Memory: The Example of Sarajevo and Banja Luka
Chair: Damir Arsenijević (Tuzla)
Vera Katz (Sarajevo): The Museum ''Sarajevo 1878-1918'' as a Memorial Site for the Sarajevo Assassination.
Dennis Dierks (Jena): Rethinking the Great War after an Age of Extremes: Two Exhibitions on the Centennial of World War I in Sarajevo and Banja Luka.
Ljubinka Petrović-Ziemer (Cologne): Sarajevo’s Approach to its Pasts in the Context of Elicitive Conflict Transformation.

11.15 – 11.30
Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30
Making History at the Border
Chair: Jelena Đorđević (Belgrade)
Melinda Harlov-Csortán (Budapest): Representations of Academic Research and Memorization of the Iron Curtain Experience: Diverse Approaches of History-Making in Western Hungary.
Marin Pekica (Zagreb) / Mira Artuković (Pula): Is History Written by the Victors? The Influence of Politics on Massmedia in Istria.

12.30 – 13.30

Focus III: Producing History from the Bottom-up

13.30 – 14.45
Roundtable: Alternative Approaches to History Education
Chair: Ljubinka Petrović –Ziemer (Cologne), Judith Brandt (Sarajevo)
Mišo Dokmanović (Skopje): Can ‘Outsiders’ Teach History? Civil Society’s New Emerging Educational Role – Lessons from the Balkans.
Larisa Kasumagić-Kafedžić / Lejla Mulalić (Sarajevo): How Can Initiatives from the Classrooms Challenge the Politics and Pedagogies of History and Teacher Education in the Divided Post-war Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina?
Eva Schöck-Quinteros (Bremen) / Nils Steffen (Heidelberg): Fled, Unwanted, Deported – Weimar Republic’s 'Undesirable Aliens' on Stage.

14.45 – 15.45
Discourses and Practices of Popular History: Case Studies from Poland
Chair: Juliane Tomann (Jena)
Piotr Tadeusz Kwiatkowski (Warsaw): Popular History: Between Critical Thinking and Nationalistic Myth.
Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska (Warsaw): Representing the Other and Democratization of History: Polish Reenactors in Nazi Uniforms.

15.45 – 16.15
Coffee Break

16.15 – 17.15 Roundtable: Knowledge Production from the Bottom-up: Oral history, Alternative Archives and Open Museums
Chair: Dennis Dierks (Jena)
Milena Rubleva (Moscow): Personal Memories Projects in the Russian Internet: Digital Archives and Culture of Participation.
Erëmirë Krasniqi (Prishtina): Oral History Kosovo.
Miles Tubb, Heather Robertson (Edinburgh): The Living Memory Association.

17.15 – 17.45
Closing Remarks


Juliane Tomann

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Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
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