The Presence of the Past. Transformation and Dealing with the Past in Eastern and Central Europe.
Call for Papers Date:
The Institute for History and Biography at the Open University in Hagen, as the German representative of the "International Oral History Association", supported by the "Stiftung Aufarbeitung der SED Diktatur" in Berlin, will hold a conference on the transformation process in Central and Eastern Europe. Subjects of the conference will be: individual and collective remembrances of the time before, during and after the transformation process, subjective dealing with the "new time", the investigation and archival and judicial treatment of the past.
The conference aims to compare several countries in this region. Two scholars of each country are invited to present papers. One of them should give an overview of the historical, political and judicial developments in his or her country, and the other paper should focus on a concrete example of the experience of this process, and of dealing with the past, within different social groups - elites, parties, public service, churches, intellectuals etc. The main theme of the conference is thus the "Ungleichzeitigkeit" (non-simultaneity) of political structures and mental orientations at times of system transformation.
Beside a keynote speech and the mentioned overviews to historical and political developments the preliminary program includes the following sections: life story and personal continuities, problems of new orientations, changes in family and every-day-life, oppression and opposition. The conference will be closed by a panel discussion. The conference also offers some cultural events in its program.
Please circulate this announcement among interested historians, sociologists and anthropologists. If you are interested, please send us a single-page proposal including an outline of your paper, also mentioning the empirical or theoretical basis and the following details: name, affiliation, postal address, e-mail address, phone and fax numbers. Proposals must be received by mail, fax or email by September 30, 2001.
For those participants whose papers will be accepted, travel and accommodation expenses will be paid by the organisers. The conference will take place in Berlin, May 23 - 25, 2002.
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