The workshop will analyze the use of audio-visual material – including archival footage, documentary and feature films, exhibition catalogues, memorials, and other traces of historical remembrance – in the process of 'reshaping' the memory of the socialist past in Eastern Europe. The aim of the workshop is to contribute to the understanding of the ways in which historical revisionism uses both familiar and recently discovered audio-visual material – from popular cinematographic imagery to previously classified information. The principles of exhibiting these materials and other ways of making them available to the broad public will be in the focus of the workshop discussions.
The conveners invite you to contribute a presentation to one of the following panels:
I. Museums: Between Terror and 'Normalization'
The presenters at the panel will analyze different cases of recent historical exhibitions which addressed the socialist past, introduced new archival documents, drew attention to the sites of political repression, and challenged the established socialist historiographies.
II. Archives: the source of the unique and unknown
The presenters at the panel will analyze the use of archival (especially audio-visual) footage in recent historical research as well as in works intended for the wider public, such as documentary and fiction films. The panel will discuss the consequences in terms of expanded access to the footage as well as methodological issues of its presentation to audiences with different degrees of historical and audio-visual expertise.
III. Cinema: shaping the public
The panel will analyze recent works of fiction and non-fiction addressing the image of the socialist past, discussing whether inter-country comparisons are meaningful when speaking about the socialist past in the region.
May 25-27, 2006
Location: OSA Archivum, Budapest
Please send a short presentation abstract (ca. 300 words) and your CV by March 31, 2006 to Oksana Sarkisova at email@example.com
Open Society Archives
at Central European University
Arany Janos utca 32 Budapest 1051
tel ++ 36-1-327-3250
fax ++ 36-1-327-3260 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://osa.ceu.hu
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