Memory Work and Civil Society-NGO

5 December 2011, 09:30 - 18:30

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge

Workshop on NGOs and Politics of Memory in Eastern Europe and Spain.


The Memory at War project, in co-operation with CRIC, will hold a day-long workshop on the role of NGOs in shaping cultural memory. The workshop brings together representatives of various NGOs from Poland, Russia, Spain, the UK and Ukraine, who will present the work of their various organisations, and offer reflections and discussion on their own specific problems, and the general problems of the interrelations between civil society movements and cultural memory. Participants will address questions such as how to represent difficult or contested pasts, how to negotiate political appropriation of their activities and the pasts with which they deal, and what are the best strategies for educating the public about the past. Organisations represented are the following: KARTA (Poland), Memorial Society (Russia), Kyiv Vasyl Stus Memorial Society (Ukraine), Lviv Centre for Urban History (Ukraine), Gernika Gogoratuz (Spain), London Jewish Museum (UK – to be confirmed).


Further information, please contact Dr Uilleam Blacker

Open to all.

Lunch is not provided, only tea and coffee during the breaks



Part of the East European Memory Studies Research Group

Memory at War Project, in conjunction with CRIC

9.30 -9.45


9.45 - 10.00

Opening remarks: Alexander Etkind (University of Cambridge)

10.00 - 11.00

Nikita Petrov  (Memorial’ Society, Moscow, Russia)
Introduced by Julie Fedor  (MAW, Cambridge)

11.00 - 11.15

Break, Tea/coffee provided

11.15 - 12.15

Lea Misan (Act for Change, London)
Introduced by Uilleam Blacker  (MAW, Cambridge)   

12.15 - 13.00

Piotr Filipkowski  (KARTA, Warsaw, Poland)

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch is not provided 


14.00 - 15.00

Oleksandr Svyetlov (Vasyl Stus ‘Memorial’ Society, Kyiv, Ukraine)
Introduced by Rory Finnin  (MAW, Cambridge)

15.00 - 15.45

Sofia Dyak (L’viv Centre for the Urban History of Central Europe, L’viv, Ukraine)

15.45 - 16.00

Break, Tea/Coffee provided

16.00 - 17.00

Fiachra McDonagh (Gernika Gogaratuz, Gernika, Basque Country, Spain)
Dacia Viejo Rose (CRIC, Cambridge)

17.00 - 17.45

Concluding discussion.

Wine Reception