Memory policy in theoretical and practical dimensions


The planned workshop within the CENTRAL project entitled “Memory policy in theoretical and practical dimensions. Mass violence in the collective memory of the peoples of Eastern Europe and the Balkans (1045-2020)” will take place at ELTE Faculty of Social Sciences.

The event organized by dr. Ildikó Barna (ELTE) in cooperation with dr. Katherina Tyran (Uni Wien), doc. Kateřina Králova (CUNI), and dr. Marija Vulesica (HU) will give the opportunity to present research to both senior and junior academics, incl. PhD students. The workshop is dedicated to the still conflicting potential collective memory has in many countries of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. This is due to the fact that different participants of mass violence de facto consciously or unconsciously form different memories that depend on their roles in conflicts (heroes, victims, bystanders, and criminals). The immediate participants of those events over time transfer the memories of the experiences, thus forming a communicative memory. Although it is subjective, communicative memory plays a significant role in forming memories of certain events. It happens so because of the peculiarities of its functioning (first of all, in the family environment and among those who had the same experience during national or ethno-confessional conflicts). Opposite memories are in conflict, which determines the relevance and urgency of reconciliation. It is an important step when addressing the consequences of mass violence.

The report for this workshop can be found here: Report

Contact person: Associate Professor Ildikó Barna, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

CENTRAL partners:

Associate Professor Kateřina Králová, Charles University, Prague

Uni.-Ass Post-Doc. Katharina Tyran, University of Vienna

Dr. Marija Vulesica, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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