Call for papers / invitation to participate in the international conference:
"The Communist Security Apparatus in East Central Europe, 1944-45 to 1989".
To be held in Warsaw, Poland on June 16-18, 2005.
The communist security apparatus played an enormous role in the history of East Central Europe. It was both a tool used to control society as well as being the main means of political repression. Millions of individuals became its victims, and its effects are still being felt today.
The conference’s theme is the communist security apparatus in the countries occupied by the Soviet Union (Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia) and the Soviet bloc states in Europe (Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, the German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania).
The conference has three main aims:
to summarize the current state of research on the history of the communist security apparatus and to indicate the basic areas for future academic projects;
to facilitate cooperation between institutions and individuals involved in the documentation of the communist security apparatus;
to raise public awareness in Europe about the activities of the security apparatus.
The conference is being co-organized by the Institute of National Remembrance (Poland), Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the Former German Democratic Republic; Foundation for the Research on the SED Dictatorship (Germany); Center for Research on Contemporary History (Germany); Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; the Office for the Documentation and the Investigation of the Crimes of Communism (Czech Republic); Institute of National Memory (Slovakia).
We would like to invite all who are interested in the history of the communist security apparatus to take part in the conference, whether as presenters or as members of the audience and discussions that follow.
The official languages of the conference will be English, German and Polish, with simultaneous translation provided.
The deadline to register for participation in the conference and/or submit paper proposals is October 31, 2004.
Please use the registration form available at the conference web site: http://www.ipn.gov.pl/conference2005
Please also consult the above web site for the detailed information on the conference's themes and accompanying events (exhitibions, film presentations, panel discussions, book launch etc.).
Institute of National Remembrance
Public Education Office
ul. Towarowa 28
Phone: (+4822) 5818900, 5818901
Fax (+4822) 5818926
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