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The Twentieth Century in European Memory

The Twentieth Century in European Memory

Themes and Approaches in Contemporary European Memory Studies

4EU+ partner course, co-taught by researchers at the Universities of Prague, Warzaw, Sorbonne, Milan, Heidelberg, Copenhagen and CA20105 Slow Memory.

Contested memories and painful pasts regularly re-appear in the Europan public sphere on transnational, national, and regional levels. Most recently, the war in Ukraine has instigated a new wave of memory themes and disputes, as various memory narratives are activated for numerous purposes, including explaining warfare, justifying various politics, attempting to explain ongoing events, bolstering identities, or mobilizing for political positioning or activism.

This collaborative course asks why we need memory and memory studies. What kinds of roles does memory play in contemporary Europe? The course introduces the main concept and approaches within memory studies. Drawing on case studies from different European countries and regions, the course explores different ways of remembering Europe’s complicated past and investigates how these forms of remembering influence life, politics, and culture across contemporary Europe.

The course will take place in a virtual format with online lectures and seminars taught on Zoom by top academic experts in the field of Memory Studies from 4EU+ partner universities and the COST Action Slow Memory. Each session, except the Introduction and Wrap-up which are solely for students enrolled in the class, consists of an expert talk and Q&A and is a live stream. The recordings serve exclusively as an internal project archive.

For more information about this events series, please reach out to this facebook page.

Introductory part

  • 1. 3. 2023 Why do we need memory studies?
    Overview of course (Joint lecture)
  • 8. 3. 2023 What do we mean by Slow Memory?
    Round table with members of the EU network COST Action Slow Memory Joanna Wawrzyniak, Tea Sindbæk Andersen, TBC moderated by K. Králová
    Registration

Case studies

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Editors: Gruia Badescu, University of KonstanzMaija Spurina, Latvian Academy of CultureChristian Wicke, Utrecht University Cities have been studied as arenas of diverse memory politics, as well as palimpsests where long-term political and social changes can be uncovered through the purposeful illumination of multiple layers of memory (Huyssen 2003). Urban life has been long associated with...

On April 25th-26th, the WG1 “Transformation of Work” met in Warsaw for a workshop titled “European Trade Unionists’ Industrial Memories.” Nicolas Arendt, Stefan Berger, Natalie Braber, Irene Diaz, Paweł Downarowicz, Zoe Konsbruck, Ruben Vega, and Joanna Wawrzyniak discussed their interviews with unionists from Germany, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Poland, and Spain. The workshop was followed...

The second episode of our Slow Memory podcast is now available on all major streaming platforms! In this episode, we introduce the work and ambitions of the Slow Memory COST Action. Memory Studies has been very much shaped by how societies remember extreme violence and sudden conflicts. However, Slow Memory researchers believe that the key social...

Dear members of the Slow Memory Community, We hope that you are enjoying spring time at the moment. This is the 5th instalment of the Slow Memory Bulletin, the newsletter to keep you in the loop regarding events, projects, publications, and more. The Action now has 295 individual members, so we do need this medium of...

Today – on the 81st anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – the Antisemitism and Holocaust Education Team (University of Birmingham) launches a competition for students and teachers to learn about the history of the Holocaust and the Second World War in Europe’s East. Part of a project exploring the slow impact of these histories on...

Call for Contributions: Virtual Exhibition — Image(in)ing Slow Transformation Organized by Vjollca Krasniqi, Vicky Karaiskou, Isabel Machado Alexandre and Alice Semedo Transformation lies at the core of the Slow Memory COST Action. It is a keyword when solutions to challenges in politics, welfare, conflict, work, environment, and knowledge methodologies are required. It carries an immense...

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