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International Symposium-Contested Past, Contested Present: Social Memories and Human Rights in Post-Communist Europe

International Symposium-Contested Past, Contested Present: Social Memories and Human Rights in Post-Communist Europe

symp.pngThis international symposium will examine the dynamics of public remembrance in post-communist Europe as it reaches beyond the role of legal tribunals, truth commissions, official apologies, lustration and reparations and into less formal forms of memory, including museums, film and television series, and visual art. The highlight of the symposium is the keynote address by John-Paul Himka, Professor of History and Classics, University of Alberta. Professor Himka will discuss recent political, social and cultural developments that have facilitated a more nuanced understanding of the complexities and discontinuities in representations of the Holocaust and the role that memory plays in contemporary discussions of national identity in Eastern Europe.



The full schedule of the symposium is pasted below:
March 4, Wednesday
7:30 PM
Keynote Lecture
John-Paul Himka (University of Alberta): "Bringing the Past Back to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe"
Location: Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor of Northrop, 84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis
Welcome: Barbara Frey (Co-Chair of IAS Collaborative)
Introduction: Evelyn Davidheiser (University of Minnesota)
March 5, Thursday
Location: 1210 Heller Hall,271 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis
9:00 - 9:30 AM
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
CLA Dean John Coleman
Alejandro Baer (Co-Chair of IAS Collaborative)
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Session 1: Competing Images of the Past: Stalinism vs. Nazism
Lars Breuer (Free University of Berlin): "Victimhood in Vernacular Memory in Germany and Poland"
Matti Jutila (University of Minnesota): "Constructing Genocidal Marxism in Post-Communist Europe"
Respondent: Alejandro Baer (University of Minnesota)
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Session 2: Accounting for the Past: Truth and Justice in the former Yugoslavia
Sarah Wagner (George Washington University): "Recognizing Srebrenica's Missing: The Sociopolitics of Forensic Intervention"
Jelena Subotic (Georgia State University): "The Mythologizing of Communist Violence"
Thomas C. Wolfe, (University of Minnesota): "History, Truth, and Method: Comments on Forensics and Justice"
Respondent: Barbara Frey (University of Minnesota)
4:00 - 5:45 PM
Session 3: The Ukraine Conflict: Contested Past, Contested Present
An IAS "Thursdays at Four" event
John-Paul Himka (University of Alberta): "The History behind the Regional Conflict in Ukraine"
George O. Liber (University of Alabama - Birmingham): "The Ukrainian Revolution of 2013-2015 and the Russian Response."
J. Brian Atwood (University of Minnesota): "The US perspective on the Regional Conflict."
Respondent: Mary Curtin (University of Minnesota)
March 6, Friday
Location: 1210 Heller Hall, 271 19th Avenue S, Minneapolis
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Session 4: Law and Memory in Transition
Ryan Moltz (University of Minnesota): "Lustration in the Former Yugoslavia"
Adam Czarnota (IISL, Spain): "Collective Memories and Post-Communist Legal Institutions"
Nadya Nedelsky (Macalester College): "The Struggle for the Memory of the Nation: Slovakia's Confrontation with its Competing Pasts"
Respondent: Joachim Savelsberg (Co-Chair of IAS Collaborative)
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Session 5: The Arts and the Politics of Representation
Michal Kobialka (University of Minnesota): "Of Contested Pasts and Contested Presents: Tadeusz Kantor's Theatre and the Politics of Representation"
Margarita Kompelmakher (University of Minnesota): "Universality from the Margin? Performing the Explicit Body in the Belarus Free Theater's Trash Cuisine"
Respondent: James Dawes (Macalester College)
Sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Cosponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study, the Institute for Global Studies, Center for Austrian Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of History, Center for Jewish Studies, European Studies Consortium and the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.
February 20th, 2015