Conference Programme // European Commemoration 2015

Tuesday, December 15th


On Tuesday, December 15th, the programme will start off with a closed expert conference (register here) at 2 pm. In the evening, starting at 7 pm, there will be a public discussion (register here).

See the full programme, including both the closed expert conference as well as the public discussion, below:


CLOSED EXPERT CONFERENCE

Commemoration without borders – European Commemoration II

1.00 pm  | Registration and snacks

2.00 pm  | Welcoming remarks

Ronald Grätz, Secretary General, ifa

2.15 pm  | Keynote

Ekaterina Makhotina, Research Fellow at the Dept. of East and Southeast European History, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich; Project Manager for the special project “Victory — Liberation — Occupation: War Memorials and Commemoration marking the 70th Anniversary of WWII Ending in post-Socialist Europe”


2.45 pm  | Commemoration: Discourses of heroes and victims

  • What are the established discourses of heroes and victims today? What has been the reason for their historical establishment in different countries?
  • What is believed to be the start of WWII? Is the Hitler-Stalin pact memorized? What are the consequences?
  • What are the key shaping and key competing narratives and/or events (e.g., Holodomor, Great Terror, etc.)?
  • Who are the victims of WWII and what was/is the attitude towards them in the former Soviet Union and the successor states today?
  • What is the importance of entrenched narratives as Holocaust, the Siege of Leningrad, Nazi-forced labourers, and prisoners of war as well as their post-war life in the Soviet Union and in contrast glorified narratives as narratives of heroes and partisans, defenders of Leningrad, etc.?

Panellists:

  • Stsiapan Stureika, Historian and Cultural Anthropologist, Lecturer at the European Humanities University Lithuania
  • Violeta Davoliute, Associate Research Fellow at Yale University, European Studies Council, Baltic Studies Program

Rapporteur:

  • Igor Casu, Associate Professor at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, Moldova State University, Chisinau; Director of the Center for the Study of Totalitarianism, Moldova State University; Deputy Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study and Evaluation of Communist Totalitarian Regime in Moldova

Chair:

  • Magdalena Waligorska-Huhle, Professor of History and East European Culture at the Dept. of History, University of Bremen

4.15 pm  | Coffee break


4.45 pm  | Actors Who Shape Remembrance: Governmental History Policy and Opposed Discourses of Civil-Society Actors

  • What is the role of the state/of the government?
  • What is the role of civil-society actors, e.g., Memorial in Russia?
  • What are the (political) means shaping the discourse?
  • What are the (political) means shaping commemoration, e.g., holidays, military parades, etc.?

Panellists:

  • Irina Anatolevna Fliege, Director of Research and Information Centre “Memorial” (St Petersburg)
  • Evgeniy Zakharov, Executive Director of Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group; Member of the Board of International “Memorial” Society
  • Harutyun Marutyan, Leading Researcher at Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia

Rapporteur:

  • Badri Kochoradze, Professor at New Vision University Tbilisi; Director Institute of European Studies of Tbilisi State University

Chair:

  • Gabriele Freitag, CEO German Association for East European Studies (DGO) in Berlin


PUBLIC EVENING-EVENT

Commemoration without Borders – the Diversity of Memory Cultures in Eastern States after 1991

7.00 pm  |  registration

7.30 pm  | Welcome address

  • Claus-Peter Clostermeyer, Representative Office of Baden-Wuerttemberg
  • Odila Triebel, Head of Dialogue and Research “Culture and Foreign Policy”, ifa

7.45 pm  | History as Guidepost to West or East

  • What are the influences of different narratives of WWII on foreign, security, and/or alliance policy?
  • What claims have been derived from history towards international partners?
  • What expectations do particular states have towards NATO and EU based on history? What alliance policy is currently derived from history?
  • Which friend and enemy images are present today?
  • What are the opportunities of transnational remembrance?
  • Is it fruitful to accept different narratives of WWII and a historical non-commonness?

Panellists:

  • Igor Casu, Associate Professor at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, Moldova State University, Chisinau; Director of the Center for the Study of Totalitarianism, Moldova State University; Deputy Chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study and Evaluation of Communist Totalitarian Regime in Moldova
  • Badri Kochoradze, Professor at New Vision University Tbilisi; Director at the Institute of European Studies of Tbilisi State University
  • Andrey Makarychev, Visiting Professor of International Relations at University of Tartu

Chair:

  • Sarah Hofmann, Deutsche Welle

9.30 pm  | Cocktail reception

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