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The Ukraine crisis has revealed that national outlooks on recent European history differ significantly among countries. Lines of conflict are apparent not only between Western Europe and Central and Eastern European countries. Historical narratives also play an important role in the context of current political tensions between Russia and its neighbours. The international conference "Mapping Memories" and follow-on workshop, which took place in Vienna from 29 November to 3 December 2015 and were organised by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb, focused on different historical narratives and discussed ways of dealing with these.

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Introduction "Mapping Memories of Post 1989-Europe"

The opening session sketched out a number of questions, tasks and theses the conference "Mapping Memories of Post-1989 Europe" would deal with. In their conversation, Heidemarie Uhl, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Thomas Krüger, President of the Federal Agency for Civic Education, encouraged a European discourse on the historical narratives of societies.

Keynote: Alexei Miller

Memory politics and memory wars in postcommunist Europe and their impact on European memory culture

Alexei Miller’s introductory keynote titled "Memory politics and memory wars in post-communist Europe and their impact on European memory culture" contained provocative elements. His main focus was on the former socialist countries and their attempts at shifting the emphasis of their cultures of remembrance. He also referred to the current "anti-Russian hysteria" in the European media.

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Panel discussion: Glue or solvent? Memory politics and the future of Europe

How are historical narratives instrumentalized in the post-Soviet region?

The panel discussion following on Alexis Miller’s presentation was titled "Glue or solvent? Memory politics and the future of Europe". Facilitated by Jochen Hellbeck, Rutgers University, it opened up a geographically differentiated perspective, not only implicitly questioning Miller’s East-West categorisation.

The century of the refugee

Remembering Forced Migration In, Out of and To Europe

In numerous European societies, the landscape of remembrance is shaped by causes of flight, ethnic cleansing, expulsion, forced resettlement, deportation and forms of forced migration. This workshop gave insights into different perspectives.

Input: Steven Stegers

In his opening presentation Steven Stegers set out the activities of the European Association of History Educators that relate to Eastern Europe. Stegers emphasised the inherent connectedness of interpretation of history and politics – in every society.

Concluding discussion: Perspectives

Marry Theory and Practice

The concluding panel referred to various topics highlighted by the conference and linked theory to everyday practice. Florian Kührer-Wielach put forward a provocative introductory thesis: Western Europe is in a process of questioning and deconstructing the history of the 20th century whilst Eastern Europe is attempting to re-write it.

Documentation (July 2016)

Mapping Memories Summer School 2016

The international summer school "Mapping Memories" which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia from 13 July to 17 July was a follow-up to the conference in Vienna of 2015 and focused on different historical narratives and discussed ways of dealing with these. Find the event documentation here.

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