Documentation (September 2016)

Contested Memories of the Difficult Past


Eastern Europe and Its History of the 20th Century

The Conference "Contested Memories of the Difficult Past - Eastern Europe and Its History of the 20th Century" addresses questions related to victimisation and responsibility, how art and culture are dealing with competing historical narratives, and the influence of the diaspora on practices of remembrance in post-socialist countries. The event took place from the 30 September – 2 October 2016 in Kyiv.

Introductory video of the conference "Contested Memories of the Difficult Past - Eastern Europe and Its History of the 20th Century", 2016 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (© 2016 Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung)



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Interview Timothy Snyder

An interview to his Keynote “A Garden of Forgetfulness: European Memory Policies Today”


30.09.16: Opening by the moderators Demian von Osten and Olesia Ostrovska-Liuta together with the first speakers Thomas Krüger, Anatoly Podolsky and Josef Zissels at the President Hotel Kyiv, Ukraine.30.09.16: Opening Dialoge - Michael Reiffenstuel in discussion with Olesia Ostrovska-Liuta.30.09.16: Timothy Snyder, Yale University, USA, speaks in his Keynote about “A Garden of Forgetfulness: European Memory Policies Today”.30.09.16: Caroline Hornstein-Tomić in discussion with Timothy Snyder about memory and false memory in history.30.09.16: Mariana Sadovska and Christian Thomé presented their Duo-Program “Vesna – An Acoustic East-Western Road Movie”, in which they combine ancient Ukrainian folk songs and contemporary electro-acoustic sounds.01.10.16: In Panel 1 “Concepts of Remembrance” the scientific discourse on remembrance as well as the actors and recipients in memory politics where discussed by Kornelia Kończal, Maria Mälksoo, Tatiana Zhurzhenko and Barbara Törnquist-Plewa.01.10.16: Kornelia Kończal argues in Panel 1, that while nation-centred approaches still dominate historical memory studies, first attempts have already been made to combine the history of memory with regional, comparative and transnational perspectives.01.10.16: Jochen Hellbeck introduces Panel 2 “Memory Wars” in Transition States.01.10.16: In Panel 2 Anna Colin-Lebedev, Olesya Khromeychuk, Wolfgang Templin and Serhy Yekelchyk discuss with Jochen Hellbeck about the providers and actors of memory in the post-socialist sphere.01.10.16: The Question if digital media and web-based instruments of visualisation can contribute to greater awareness of historical events among younger generations was discussed in Panel 3 “Memory in the Digital Age”.01.10.16: Igor Shchupak talked about the memory of the Holocaust in Ukraine in Panel 4 “The Topicality of the Holocaust”.01.10.16: In Panel 4 “The Topicality of the Holocaust” Natan Sznaider looked at a European comparative perspective to or through the Holocaust.02.10.16: With the Concluding Discussion to the topic “Transcultural Memory in Europe – Challenges for the Future” Georgiy Kasianov, Thomas Krüger, Irina Shcherbakova, Josef Zissels and Demian von Osten closed the conference with a look into the future of memory politics.02.10.16: Thomas Krüger speaking at the Concluding Panel.02.10.16: After two days of fruiteful comments and questions by the audience the conference was closed on Sunday.02.10.2016: During the Project Stand-up the participants got to know selected projects from all over Europe dealing with remembrance and history.02.10.2016: It offered space for fruitful discussions and networking.02.10.2016: The centre for Holocaust Studies presented their research which focuses on regional aspects of the Holocaust on Ukrainian lands.02.10.2016: The conference offered a look into practitioners work during the Project Stand-up as a counterpart to the numerous scientific talks.02.10.2016: The project Cities of Memory asks how social memory is reflected in the urban landscape of Post-soviet capitals.
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Panel 3 - Memory in the Digital Age


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Panel 5 - Memory in Film and Literature


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Panel 6 - Memory and Forced Migration


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Panel 7 - Spaces and Protagonists of Memory


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Concluding Discussion: Transcultural Memory in Europe – Challenges for the Future


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