On 18 December 2008 the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (SOMA-CEGES) will host the symposium "Writing the History of the Second World War in Europe: a State of Affairs".
The Second World War has not ceased to be a source of inspiration for many historians in Europe. New generations, institutions and angles of analysis nurture a continuously evolving historiography. The changes and expansion of the post-Cold War European frame have left their marks on Second World War historiography during the last decades. This symposium intends to draw up a state of affairs by providing a forum for dialogue.
Through a selection of familiar and lesser known cases ) (Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Sweden, former Yugoslavia), the symposium takes a closer look at WWII historiography in Europe. Five main questions will be at the centre of its quest:
1. Who writes history?
2. Which shifts in perspective can be noticed?
3. What evolution is there to be seen with regard to the sources used?
4. What has been the influence of public debate on historiography?
5. What was the role of public authorities?
For the SOMA-CEGES, which was preceded by the Centre for Research and Studies on the History of the Second World War, founded in 1969, this symposium is not only an opportunity for introspection, self-analysis and comparison. It will also be the starting point of its 40th anniversary year.
Participants are requested to register in advance and to transfer the amount of 15 euro (or 10 euro for students) into the SOMA-CEGES bank account 679-2004500-92 (IBAN: BE12 6792 0045 0092, BIC PCHQBEBB)with mention of "Historiography" + participant's surname BEFORE 10 DECEMBER. No lunch included.
This project has been co-financed by the European Union with the programme "Europe for Citizens" 2007-2013.
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