The Dynamics of Memory in the New Europe
Call for Papers: Deadline for Abstracts 28th February 2007
National Memories and the European Project
On 25 March 2007, the European Union will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome. The inaptness of the logo marking the occasion, ‘Together since 1957' (after all, this is only true for the six founding members!) highlights what can be seen as one of the key obstacles to the emergence of a European identity: the lack of a common hi/story.
Whereas collective memories of war and destruction, although from different perspectives, provided post-war western Europe with an important impetus to push forward the European project, collective memories in the EU of 27 are arguably characterised more by diversity and fragmentation.
We would like to invite contributions which examine the dynamics and landscapes of memory in the new Europe, addressing issues such as
- the role of collective memory in bilateral, trilateral and multilateral relationships in the new Europe (east and west);
- the development of national memory strands and their impact on attitudes towards European integration and European policy;
- the formation and influence of transnational collective memories, e.g. Holocaust memory and memory of eastern and central Europe's communist past;
- the interrelationship between and interaction of contrasting or conflicting memory strands within the nations of the new Europe, or within Europe as a whole (e.g. memories of victimhood, perpetration and collaboration);
- the impact of migration within the boundaries of the new Europe, and from outside Europe to inside Europe on the formation and evolution of collective memory;
- the question of a possible "Europeanisation" of memory, and the relationship of any such memory to concepts of "global memory".
We are planning to organise a conference on this theme in autumn 2007 (date to be confirmed), and to follow this with publication of an edited collection.
We are currently also exploring the possibility of applying for a research grant to establish an international and multidisciplinary network of scholars working on memory issues in Europe.
If you are interested in participating in the conference, please send a 250-word abstract and a short CV (including a list of relevant publications) to
Ruth Wittlinger and/or Dorothee Hermanni and/or Bill Niven
Durham University University of Karlsruhe Nottingham Trent University
Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2007