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Invitation to a conference The (Non)Commemoration of Heritage of Eastern Europe, 4-5 December 2023

Invitation to a conference The (Non)Commemoration of Heritage of Eastern Europe, 4-5 December 2023

We invite you to an international conference entitled The (Non)Commemoration of Heritage of Eastern Europe. The conference will take place on 4-5 December 2023, at Reymonta 4, room 333. The conference is organised by the Institute of European Studies.


4 December (Monday)

14:00-14:15 Opening the conference

1st panel: 14:15-15:15 The Post-Soviet Heritage

  • Vita Zelče, Discourse of the dismantling of the monument to the victory of the USSR in the Great Patriotic War in Riga
  • Christoph Meissner, The Withdrawal of Soviet Troops from Eastern Central Europe - Reflections on comparative and entangled History
  • Michał Kuryłowicz, Between canon and archive. Memory of communism in the recollections of Polish mountaineers

2nd panel: 15:15-15:55 The Heritage of The Czech Republic And Czechoslovakia

  • Ladislav Cabada, Symbolic displacement of Austrian symbols and Austria in the Czech Republic
  • Jan Květina, Instrumentalization of liberty and democracy in the Central European interwar authoritarian discourse: the case of Czechoslovakia

15:55-16:10 coffee break

3rd panel: 16:10-16:50 The Hungarian Heritage

  • Andrea Schmidt, The past living with us, the politicisation of national holidays in Hungary
  • Petr Körfer, Wallenstein Pageantry in Cheb (Eger)

4th panel: 16:50-17:30 The Difficult Heritage Of Cities

  • Piotr Michałowski, Times of change. The (non)commemorating of heritage in the former German cities like Wrocław, within the context of Poland after 1945 and two case studies of contemporary German museums, dedicated to the memory of the expulsion
  • Kamil Glinka, Does urban governance really matter? Cultural development of the biggest Polish cities

5th panel: 17:30-18:10 The Heritage Unremembered And Marginalized

  • Marcin Galent, Some reflections on the people's turn in humanities and its potential influence on national heritages in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Francesco Trupia, Commemorate or Not Commemorate? The Heroes of the Interwar Period and the Post-socialist Memory Dilemma in Bulgaria and Ukraine

19:00 dinner

5 December 2023 (Tuesday)

6th panel: 9:00-10:00 Memory and Commemoration

  • Kinga Anna Gajda, Unearthing the Past: The Nexus of Communism, Socialism, and Nuclear Catastrophes and the Art of Commemoration
  • Krzysztof Koźbiał, The memory of the 'Czechoslovakianeights'. Between myth and important historical event
  • Mirosław Natanek, Are values could be a permanent heritage? How Central European states perceive European values after 30 year of the membership in the Council of Europe - selected aspects

10:00 – 10:15 Closing 

Funding source: Strategic Excellence Initiative Program at the Faculty of International and Political Studies of the Jagiellonian University

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