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The Conference "Contested Memories of the Difficult Past - Eastern Europe and Its History of the 20th Century" addresses questions related to victimisation and responsibility, how art and culture are dealing with competing historical narratives, and the influence of the diaspora on practices of remembrance in post-socialist countries. The event took place from the 30 September – 2 October 2016 in Kyiv.

Introduction "Contested Memories of the Difficult Past - Eastern Europe and Its History of the 20th Century" (©Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung)



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Interview Timothy Snyder

An interview to his Keynote “A Garden of Forgetfulness: European Memory Policies Today”

In the interview Timothy Snyder talks about his main thesis of his Keynote "A Garden of Forgetfulness: European Memory Policies Today", the linkages of Babyn Jar for a conference about Memory Politics in Eastern Europe and how the current European politics shape and will shape memory transnational as well as national.

Panel 3 - Memory in the Digital Age

Panel 3 "Memory in the Digital Age" looked at the different forms of digital memory cultur. It asked for the impact of digital media on the rememberance culture of a younger generations but also for the dangers of creating spaces of remembrance that could support propaganda.

Panel 5 - Memory in Film and Literature

How memory is manifesting itself in cultural practices such as film and literature was discussed in Panel 5. The different forms of films and literature were looked at as well as their role and impact in Eastern Europe.

Panel 6 - Memory and Forced Migration

Forced migration in the form of ethnic cleansing, expulsion, flight, resettlement or population exchange has influenced Eastern Europe throughout the 20th century. How these memories of migration manifest in different media and who they are represented by was discussed in Panel 6.

Panel 7 - Spaces and Protagonists of Memory

In Panel 7 it was discussed who the actors of memory in Central and Eastern Europe are and which institutions manifest memory in public space.

Concluding Discussion: Transcultural Memory in Europe – Challenges for the Future

In the Concluding Panel it was discussed if a transboundary culture of remembrance is possible in Europe and how also diverging national interpretations can be included.

 

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