East European Memory Studies [2009-2013]

From 2009 to 2013

CRASSH


About

East European Memory Studies Research Group

In collaboration with the Research Project, Memory at War: Cultural Dynamics in Poland, Russia and Ukraine
Supported by the HERA Joint Research Programme


The Research Group in East European Memory Studies is a transdisciplinary forum concerned with the dynamic interplay between memory, culture, and politics in today’s Eastern Europe. We seek to understand the peculiar regimes of memory and forgetting established by the socialist states of the former Soviet block and the secularist state in Turkey.  We also want to situate these intertwined pasts and presents in the new European order.
We aim to employ an array of approaches, partially borrowed and partially invented, in a series of dialogues between scholars and practitioners in history, literature, political science, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.  We plan to address such questions as:

- How has the state used various practices of memory – recalling not only past glory and achievement but also deportations, political repression, and genocide – to promote independent nationhood?
- How do the memories of Nazi rule and Communist rule shape international relations in Europe?
- How do museums, monuments, literature, film, digital media, and the unsignified ghosts of the past bear witness to the historical trauma?
- What is the contribution of East European memories to identity formation in a united and uniting Europe? 

In the past  years our series of discussions were organised according to five broad thematic areas:
Memory and Identity (Michaelmas 2009)
Memory and Theory (Lent and Easter 2010)
Memory and Guilt (Michaelmas 2010)
Memory and Resistance (Lent 2011)
Memory and Liberation (Easter 2011)
 

Conveners

Conveners

2012-13
Tom Rowley  (Department of Slavonic Studies, MML)
Simon Lewis (Department of Slavonic Studies, MML)
Dr Alexander Etkind (Department of Slavonic Studies, MML)
Dr Rory Finnin (Department of Slavonic Studies, MML)
Dr Harald Wydra  (POLIS, FPPSIS)

2011-12
Dr Uilleam Blacker (Department of Slavonic Studies, MML)
Tanya Zaharchenko  (Department of Slavonic Studies, MML)
Camil Roman (POLIS, FPPSIS)

2010-11
Dr Julie Fedor  (Dept of Slavonic Studies, MML)
Judith Ashley Brown  (Dept of Slavonic Studies, MML)

2009-10
Ziya Meral (PhD Student, Politics and International Studies)
Morag McIvor (PhD Student, Slavonic Studies)
Boran Shin (PhD Student, Slavonic Studies)
Dr Sergei Tyulenev (Slavonic Studies)


Faculty Advisers

Dr Alexander Etkind (Slavonic Studies)
Rory Finnin (Slavonic Studies)
Dr Harald Wydra (Politics and International Studies)
Dr Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (Department of Social Anthropology)

Past events

 

East European Memory Studies
East European Memory Studies Research Group
21 October 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
East European Memory Studies Research Group
04 November 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
East European Memory Studies Research Group
18 November 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
East European Memory Studies Research Group
02 December 2009, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
'Post-memory and Stalinism in the post-thaw period' & 'Russia's Rehabilitation of the Stalinist Past'
27 January 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
East European Memory Research Group
10 February 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Black and Yellow Memories: The Legacy of Lamas and Feudals in Post-Socialist Mongolia
24 February 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Memory and Theory in Poland since 1989
10 March 2010, CRASSH 17 Mill Lane
Professor Caroline Humphrey: 'Sailors' Memories and the Maritime Geography of the Cold War
21 April 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Resonance and Impact: Towards a Theory of Memory and Emotions
05 May 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
The Banalization and the Contestation of Memory in Post-Communist Poland
19 May 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
'Petro-Trauma' and 'Constructing "Official" Memory in Russia'
02 June 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
'Counting Coup: Evolving Memories of August 1991' and 'Memory Theatres: Collective Recall and the Uses of Contemporary Cinema'
06 October 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Harley Balzer (Georgetown University) and Nancy Condee (University of Pittsburgh)
Medicine in Gulag Memory: "Dramatological" Contests over the Bodies of Malingerers in Stalin's Forced Labour Camps
20 October 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dan Healey (Swansea/Cambridge)
'Divided Memory: Poland’s Double Postcoloniality' and 'The Material of Culture: Russian Imperial Artifacts Playing Soviet and Post-Soviet Roles'
03 November 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Dirk Uffelmann (University of Passau) and Julie Buckler (Harvard University, USA)
The Role of the Media in (Re)Shaping Historical Memory in Ukraine (tbc)
17 November 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Volodymyr Kulyk (Ukrainian Academy of Sciences)
'The great Famine of 1932-33 and the Holodomor' and 'Changing Memory Regimes in Eastern Europe'
01 December 2010, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Georgiy Kasianov (Ukrainian Academy of Sciences) and Meike Wulf (University of Maastricht)
A Theory of the Role of Memory in the Construction of History
19 January 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Gabriel Motzkin (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute)
'Excavating Experience: Photographs and Difficult Histories' and 'Hannah Arendt and Jewish Memory: The Case of Jewish Cultural Reconstruction'
02 February 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Elizabeth Edwards (University of the Arts London) and Natan Sznaider (Academic College of Tel-Aviv)
Politics of Memory: Reshaping Cultural and “Physical” Landscapes in Contemporary Ukraine
16 February 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Svitlana Shlipchenko (Kyiv Mohyla Academy)
Premediation and the Interdisciplinary Study of Memory
02 March 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Astrid Erll (Universitaet Wuppertal) and Andrew Hoskins (University of Nottingham)
Spacings of Memory: 'Benjamin’s Moscow' and 'The History of Destruction and the Possibility of Comedy in the Work of W G Sebald'
16 March 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
David Ferris (University of Colorado) and Stephanie Bird (UCL)
'The Heart of Poland' and 'Victory Day in History Politics’
27 April 2011, CRASSH, 14 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Jacek Purchla (The Research Institute of European Heritage, Krakow) and Markku Kangaspuro (University of Helsinki)
‘Primal Scenes. Translating Experiences of “Algeria” into “French Theory”’ and 'The Virtual Museum of the Gulag–Integrating Material M'
11 May 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Birgit Kaiser (Utrecht University) and Josephine von Zitzewitz (University of Oxford)
‘Battles for Historical Memory on Ru.net/Ukr.net: Users’ Choices of Disputable Events’ and 'Making Sense of War in City Museums'
25 May 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Vera Zvereva (University of Bergen) and Joanna Wawrzyniak (University of Warsaw)
‘A Painful Memory’ and ‘Roma and Genocide: From Muted Memories to Politics of Identity’
08 June 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Aleksander Fiut (Jagiellonain University, Krakow) and Slawomir Kapralski (Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities)
The Eternal Return of National Mystifications: the Voynich Manuscript, the Book of Vles and the Igor Tale
12 October 2011, Sidney Sussex College, William Mong Hall
Professor George Grabowicz (Harvard University) NB: Different date and venue (Sidney Sussex College)
Memory, Forgetting and Silence
19 October 2011, CRASSH
Tim Beasley-Murray (SSEES, UCL)
'Romania, Serbia, and Contemporary Memories of German Victims' and 'Negotiating the Holocaust'
02 November 2011, CRASSH
James Koranyi (University of St Andrews) and Bill Niven (Nottingham Trent)
'Polish Martial Law of 1981 on Screen' and 'The Unfinished Revolution:The Contested Meaning of 1989 in Central-Eastern Europe'
16 November 2011, CRASSH
Ewa Mazierska (University of Central Lancaster) and James Mark (University of Exeter)
Nationalizing the "Common Victory" in the Ukrainian-Russian Borderlands
30 November 2011, CRASSH
Tatiana Zhurzhenko (University of Vienna) and Georges Mink (Institute for Political and Social Studies, CNRS)
Memory Work and Civil Society-NGO
05 December 2011, CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge
Workshop on NGO
How Many Ukraines? Understanding Regionalism and the Politics of National Identity in Post-Soviet Ukraine
18 January 2012, CRASSH
Dr Peter Rodgers (University of Sheffield)
‘The Tandem’s Anti-Soviet Turn: New Memory Projects’ and 'Nationalising the “Common Victory” in the Ukrainian-Russian Borderlands: WWII'
01 February 2012, CRASSH
Dr Julie Fedor (University of Cambridge) and Dr Tatiana Zhurzhenko (University of Vienna)
‘Re-Playing the Stalinist Past’ and ‘The Manezhka Affair and the First Steps of Russian Mnemonics’
15 February 2012, CRASSH
Gernot Howanitz (University of Salzburg) and Dr Galina Nikiporets-Takigawa (University of Cambridge)
‘Memory and Forgetting in Minsk and Astana’ and 'Academic Metaphors and Interpretive Challenges of Soviet Post-War Literature and Memoirs’
29 February 2012, CRASSH
Dr Nelly Bekus (University of Warsaw) and Dr Anna Krylova (Duke University)
'Memory and Postmemory in Polish Jewish Fiction' and 'Lydia Ginsburg on the Leningrad Blockade: Mechanisms of Forgetting and Repression’
14 March 2012, CRASSH
Dr Katarzyna Zechenter (SSEES, UCL) and Prof Andrei Zorin (University of Oxford)
'Buttons from Kharkiv' and 'Putin Wins, the System Decays'
25 April 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground Floor
Oleksandr Zinchenko (Kharkiv) and Andrew Wilson (UCL)
CANCELLED -Small Acts of Repair: The Unclaimed Legacy of Transnistria
09 May 2012, Faculty of English, GR06/07
CANCELLED- Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer (Columbia University). NB Venue: Fac of English
The “Name Russia” Project as an Exercise in Contemporary Myth- and History Making
23 May 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground Floor
Galina Rylkova (University of Florida)
'Historiomor' or the Attractions of Amnesia: WWII through the Prism of Soviet Ideology
06 June 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground Floor
Pavel Polin (University of Freiburg)
The Picaro and the Nomad: Shklovskii and Khlebnikov Respond to their Military Engagements in Persia (1917, 1921)
03 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Katerina Clark (Yale University)
What Can We Learn from Eyewitness Accounts? Case Studies of the Narratives of Gulag Survivors
17 October 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Nanci Adler (Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam)
Total War: The Soviet Union and the Eastern Front in a Comparative Framework - On the Road to Hell: Sovereignty Reconfigured
31 October 2012, * Mill Lane Lecture Room
Amir Weiner (Stanford University). In conjunction with the Lees Knowles Lecture Series, Trinity College, Cambridge. NB Venue: *Mill Lane Lecture Room, 5.15pm
Total War: The Soviet Union and the Eastern Front in a Comparative Framework - Fighting Total War: A View from the Ground
14 November 2012, * Mill Lane Lecture Room
Amir Weiner (Stanford University). In conjunction with the Lees Knowles Lecture Series, Trinity College, Cambridge. NB Venue: *Mill Lane Lecture room, 5.15pm
Miraculous Icons in Stalin's Russia
28 November 2012, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
Stephen Anthony Smith (Oxford)
East European (no session today)
16 January 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground floor
The Stigmatization of Dedicated Polish Women Rescuers During the Second World War and its Aftermath: History and Memory
30 January 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground Floor
Joanna Michlic (Brandies University)
Writing as Translation: Finding Jewish Voices in the Polish Language
13 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground Floor
Piotr Pazinski (writer, editor)
Reality of Madness: Russian Memory and Russian Life
27 February 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground Floor
Vladimir Sharov (Russian Poet and Novelist)
'World Literature' in the Soviet Union: History and Stories
13 March 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG2, Ground Floor
Galin Tihanov (University of London).
Reconceptualizing 'Memorial Landscape'
24 April 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor
Zuzanna Dziuban (University of Konstanz):
Socialist Women on the Gallows. Gender and Capital Punishment in Late Socialism
08 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor
Pavel Kolar (European University Institute).
Unorthodox Memories: Baptist Accounts of the Soviet Past
22 May 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor
Miriam Dobson (Sheffield University)
Holocaust Anxiety in Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint
05 June 2013, CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground Floor
Brett Ashley Kaplan (University of Illinois)