10.00 am – 11.30 am

Workshop “The State of Remembrance in Europe”

How Do Societies Remember?

Chair: Ivan Krastev | Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria

This session will examine the roles of (European) societies in constructing and forming cultures of memory as well as dealing with them. Pim den Boer will give an overview of how Europe and European societies have achieved collective remembrance so far. Are there transnational places of remembrance in Europe? When and why is a certain “lieu de memoire” European? Which societal forces construct them? Krsto Lazarevic will talk about generational differences in experiencing national and/or a unified European culture of memory. How important are national narratives for a ‘European’ generation after 1989? Overarching questions are: How do societies remember? What is the societal function of remembering? What opportunities and obstacles are presented by anniversaries such as this year’s Centennial? How can we deal with historical memory in an increasingly heterogeneous society?

Prof. Dr Pim den Boer (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
From National to European Lieux de mémoire

Krsto Lazarević (Freelance Journalist for South Eastern Europe)
Hero or Foe? Gavrilo Princip and Memory Politics in Bosnia-Hercegovina

12.00 am – 1.30 pm

Workshop “Challenges and ‘Blind Spots’ of Remembrance”

Legacies of the War: Democratic Movements in Post-War Europe

Chair: Ivan Krastev | Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria

The First World War has often been described as the “seminal catastrophe” of this century (Kennan). But how have we interpreted the war and the time after the war? Is the First World War just the progenitor of all 20th-century warfare? How have different conflictive memories within societies influenced the way the First World War is remembered? Some of the first democratic elections for men and for women fell in the period between the two world wars. Therefore, Michael Dreyer will shed light on the Weimar Republic, Germany’s first steps towards democracy, whereas Ingrid Sharp will contest the principle of nationality by presenting a truly European women’s movement in the aftermath of the war. Overarching questions are: Which collective and conflictive memories exist in societies? How are they being articulated in and communicated into society?

Prof. Dr Michael Dreyer (University of Jena, Germany)
The Revolution of 1918/1919. The Weimar Republic: First Steps to Democracy (tbc)

Dr Ingrid Sharp (University of Leeds, UK)
Legacies of War: International Women’s Movements in the Aftermath of the First World War

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Workshop “Looking Ahead: European Perspectives and Strategies”

European Societal Projects of Remembrance

Chair: Ivan Krastev | Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria

Digitalisation allows us to present and visualise multiple stories. Our three speakers will report from two projects that work with a European approach and try to emphasize on a collective European memory. Frank Drauschke and Breda Karun will present Europeana, a digital database for European memories on the First World War. Andrea Mork curates the House of European History in Brussels, which will open in 2015. She will focus on concrete methodological examples and outputs of the project. Which societal stakeholders contribute to a common European remembrance? How is it possible to remember collectively and which institutions should encourage common remembrance? What organisational and practical challenges do these projects face?

Frank Drauschke (Facts & Files, Germany)

Breda Karun (Jara, Grosuplje/Slovenia)
Europeana 1914-1918 – Creating a Pan-European Personal Archive of WWI with a Special Focus on the West Balkan States

Dr Andrea Mork (House of European History, Belgium)
Building a House of European History