MAW

Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity

Event Date: 
Tue, 20/11/2012 - 11:00 to Thu, 22/11/2012 - 17:00
Venue: 
Museum of Ethnology
Location: 
Vienna

 ‘Disturbing Pasts’ brings together artists, photographers, curators, policy makers and academics from around the world, with the aim of networking with one another and exploring creative engagements with controversial and traumatic pasts in art practice, curating and museums.

Traumatic pasts have complex and often dramatic influences on the present. In many countries, legacies of war, colonialism, genocide and oppression return again and again to dominate contemporary politics, culture and society. The controversies surrounding traumatic pasts can shape policy, make or break governments, trigger mass demonstrations, and even spark violent confrontation. These pasts also inspire rich visual and creative responses, through which the past is remembered, remade and challenged, and the public space of the modern museum is the primary venue for these responses.

Confirmed speakers include artists, curators, policy-makers and academics:

Peju Layiwola, Dierk Schmidt, T. Shanaathanan, Christopher Cozier, Rita Duffy, Paul Lowe, Rafał Betlejewski, Joanna Rajkowska, Heather Shearer, John Timberlake, Shan McAnena, Sofia Dyak, Wayne Modest, Liv Ramskjær, Maria Six-Hohenbalken, Margit Berner, Clara Himmelheber, Maruska Svasek, Fiona Magowan, Alexander Etkind, Uilleam Blacker, Andrij Portnow, Elizabeth Edwards, Sigrid Lien, Susan Legêne, Anette Hoffmann, Erica Lehrer, Simon Faulkner, Carol Tulloch

‘Disturbing Pasts’ marks a collaboration between three HERA-sponsored research consortia drawn from universities throughout Europe, in partnership with the Museum of Ethnology, Vienna. They are:

o   ‘Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement’ (CIM) http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/CreativityandInnovationinaWorldofMovement/

o   ‘Photographs, Colonial Legacy and Museums in Contemporary European Culture’ (PhotoCLEC) http://www.heranet.info/photoclec/index

o   ‘Memory at War’ (MAW) http://www.memoryatwar.org/

 

The project will generate audio-visual material to be made available through the Open Arts Archive (www.openartsarchive.org) and published as a special issue of the Open Arts Journal (www.openartsjournal.org).

 

Old Conflicts and New Media: Commemorating the Socialist Experience Online

Event Date: 
Wed, 31/08/2011 - 10:00 to Fri, 02/09/2011 - 20:00
Location: 
Os, Norway
External Website Address: 

http://www.web- wars.org/conference/call-for-papers

Postgraduate Conference in East European Memory Studies

Event Date: 
Fri, 11/03/2011 - 10:00 to Sat, 12/03/2011 - 20:00
Venue: 
University of Cambridge
Location: 
Cambridge, UK
External Website Address: 

Memory at War: Cultural Dynamics in Poland, Russia and Ukraine (MAW)

In post-communist Eastern Europe, disruptions of politics, trade, and security collide with paroxysms of suspicion that take the unusual shape of heated debates about the traumatic moments of the twentieth century. A Memory War is raging in Eastern Europe, a cultural conflict that is increasingly leading states in the region to act against their own economic and political interests. Understanding this conflict is the subject of a HERA Collaborative Research Project led by the University of Cambridge, ‘Memory at War: Cultural Dynamics in Poland, Russia, and Ukraine’ (MAW).

To understand the causes and consequences of this Memory War, the expertise of an interdisciplinary, transnational team of scholars in the humanities and social sciences needs to be brought to bear on complex cultural questions that elude the hard calculus of geopolitics. MAW mobilises the resources of five leading European universities from the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, Estonia, and The Netherlands in order to develop a new, coherent framework for the study of memory in Eastern Europe. The working hypothesis of MAW is that the public memory of twentieth-century traumas mediates the variety of ways in which nations develop in post-socialist space. Indeed, while they all share tortured memories of World War II and Soviet socialism, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine are actualising their post-traumatic energies in remarkably different ways. By testing this hypothesis within the chronological frame of 1989-2013, the project seeks to understand the increasingly divisive relationship between Poland and Russia and between Ukraine and Russia; the renewed bonds of solidarity between Poland and Ukraine; and the internal conflicts in Ukraine.

To untangle the warring memories in the region, MAW first makes a critical contribution by developing a conceptual framework in which to study them. At the moment such a framework does not exist. The research methodologies of Memory Studies and Cultural Studies to the east of Berlin and Ljubljana are underdeveloped, and a growing division between Russianists and scholars of East/Central Europe does little to facilitate the comparative, transnational study needed today. Here the proposed MAW framework, involving a mapping of ‘memory events’, advances the boundaries of an emerging field. MAW proceeds to put this framework to use by tracing the movement of memory in and across Poland, Russia and Ukraine and by exploring its many trajectories in the spheres of new media, ‘history politics,’ international relations, and literature and film.

MAW

Dr. Alexander Etkind

Title: 
Reader in Russian Literature and Cultural History
Institution: 
University of Cambridge
Address: 
Kings College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST
E-mail: 
ae264@cam.ac.uk
Telephone: 
+44 (0)1223-331242
Fax: 
+44 (0)1223335062

Alexander Etkind has two PhDs, in Psychology from Bekhterev Institute, Leningrad, and in Slavonic Literatures from the University of Helsinki. Before coming to Cambridge, he taught at the European University at St.Petersburg and, as a visiting professor, at New York University and Georgetown University. He was also a resident fellow at Harvard, Princeton, and Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. Current research interests are internal colonization in the Russian Empire; narratology from Pushkin to Nabokov; and comparative studies of cultural memory.

Research Interests: 

Current research interests are internal colonization in the Russian Empire; narratology from Pushkin to Nabokov; and comparative studies of cultural memory.

Publications: 

Post-Soviet Hauntology: Cultural Memory of the Soviet Terror - Constellations. An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory 16 (1): 182-200 2009 Vozvraschenie tritona: Sovetskaia katastrofa i postsovetskii roman, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 94, 174-206 (with Mark Lipovetsky) 
2008 Bare Monuments to Bare Life: The Soon-to-Be-Dead in Arts and Memory, Gulag Studies, vol.1, 27-33. 2007 Non-fiction po-russki pravda. Kniga otzivov. Moskva. Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 336 pp. 
2005 'Soviet Subjectivity: Torture for the Sake of Salvation?', Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History 6, 1 (winter) 171-186. 2001

Project Title: 
MAW

Dr. Ellen Rutten

Title: 
Postdoctoral fellow
Institution: 
University of Bergen
Address: 
Dept. of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Humanities, UiB, Pb 7805, 5020 Bergen, Norway
E-mail: 
contact@ellenrutten.nl
Telephone: 
+47 55 58 23 40
Fax: 
+47 55 58 42 60
External Website Address: 

 Ellen Rutten studied Russian literature at the universities of Groningen, St Petersburg and Berlin (Humboldt), and lectured at the universities of Amsterdam, Leiden and Cambridge. From 2007-2009, she was affiliated to the University of Cambridge for the project 'Reclaiming the Reader: New Sincere Trends in Post-Soviet Literature' funded by the netherlands Scientific Organisation. At Cambridge's Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities she co-convened the Contemporary Russian Culture Studies group. Since 2008, she is an editor/blogger for the research project and journal Russian Cyberspace.

Research Interests: 

Having started her career by exploring political gender metaphors, Rutten's current interests include Russian postmodernism,new sincere trends, and Russian cyberculture. As a post-doctoral fellow of the Future of Russian project, Rutten focuses on linguistic imperfection in Russian literary weblogs - whose apparent laconism, rather than a result of authorial sloppiness, is often consciously and meticulously constructed.

Publications: 

Book: Unattainable Bride Russia. Gendering Nation, State, and Intelligentsia in Russian Intellectual Culture. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press (in press) Edited journal: 2009 (with Henrike Schmidt) Russian Literature and the Internet issue, Kultura, 1, available online on www.kultura-rus.de Articles 2009, Literary Blogs? Creative Writing in Russian Weblogs, Kultura, 1, available online on www.kultura-rus.de 2009, More Than a Poet? Why Russian Writers Didn't Blog on the 2008 Elections, Russian Cyberspace. Available online on www.russian-cyberspace.org 2008, Strategic Sentiments. Pleas for a New Sincerity in Contemporary Russian Literature, Dutch Contributions to the Fourteenth International Congress of Slavists, ed. Brouwer, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp. 201-217.

Project Title: 
MAW

Dr. Maria Mälksoo

Title: 
Senior Researcher
Institution: 
Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu
Address: 
Insitute of Government and Politics
Tiigi 78
50410 Tartu 
Estonia
E-mail: 
maria.malksoo@ut.ee
Telephone: 
+372 536 50 672
Fax: 
+3727375582
Research Interests: 

Culture and Society, Social Sciences, IR theory: constructivist and poststructuralist IR theory, critical security studies, political anthropology, European identity and memory politics, NATO's strategic developments.

Publications: 

The Memory Politics of Becoming European: The East European Subalterns and the Collective Memory of Europe, European
 Journal of International Relations, 15 (4), 653-80 (2009) The Politics of Becoming European: A Study of
 Polish and Baltic Post-Cold War Security Imaginaries. London & New York:
Routledge Taylor & Francis Ltd. (2009) "Liminality and Contested Europeanness:
Conflicting Memory Politics in the Baltic Space," in Berg, E.; Ehin, P.
(Eds.). Identity and Foreign Policy: Baltic-Russian Relations in the
Context of European Integration (65-83). Aldershot: Ashgate.

Project Title: 
MAW

Dr. Markku Kangaspuru

Title: 
Director of Research and Adjunct Professor
Institution: 
Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Address: 
Aleksanteri Institute 
P.O.Box 42 (Unioninkatu 33) 
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
E-mail: 
markku.kangaspuro@helsinki.fi
Telephone: 
+358-(0)9-191 23650
Fax: 
+358 9 191 23615
Research Interests: 

Markku Kangaspuro is specialized on Russian politics, political history, theories and discourse of Russia's development, identities and nationalism and in particular on relations between Europe and Soviet Union / Russia. His recent research interests are modernisation and transformation of Russia; the political use of history in identity politics; and European new identities within and outside of the European Union.

Publications: 

The Bolshevik Modernisation Project - Modernisation in Russia since 1900. Edited by Markku Kangaspuro and Jeremy Smith. Tampere: Studia Fennica Historica 12, Finnish Literary Society, 2006 Constructed Identities in Europe. Edited by Markku Kangaspuro. Kikimora Publications (Aleksanteri Series 7/2007) Saarijarvi, 2007. The Soviet Depression and Finnish Immigrants in Soviet Karelia. - Karelian Exodus: Finns in North America and Soviet Karelia during the Depression Era. Edited by Ron Harpelle,Varpu Lindstrom and Alexis Pogorelskin. Special issue of the Journal of Finnish Studies, vol. 8, no. 1, Aspasia Books, Inc., 2004, pp. 132-140 Russian Patriots and Red Fennomans. Rise and Fall of Soviet Karelia, Edited by Antti Laine and Mikko Ylikangas. Helsinki: Kikimora Publications, 2002, pp. 24-48. Neuvosto-Karjalan taistelu itsehallinnosta. Nationalismi ja suomalaiset punaiset Neuvostoliiton vallankaytossa 1920-1939. Helsinki: Bibliotheca Historica 60, Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, 2000.

Project Title: 
MAW

Dr. Sander Brouwer

Title: 
Assistant Professor of Russian Literature and Cultural History
Institution: 
University of Groningen
Address: 
Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26, 9712 EK Groningen, The Netherlands
E-mail: 
sander.brouwer@rug.nl
Telephone: 
:+31 (0) 50 363 6062
Publications: 

2009 (forthcoming) Re-Entering Memory: Viktor Erofeev's 'The Good Stalin'. Festschrift für Rainer Grübel . Oldenburg. (forthcoming) Wat te doen...? met pulp, porno en poen. Publicaties van het Centrum voor Oost- en Midden-Europa Studies , 1. Groningen. (forthcoming) First Love, but not First Lover. Turgenev’s Poetics of Unoriginality. Aspects of Turgenev . Edited by Joe Andrew & Robert Reid (Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics). Amsterdam and New York , NY : Rodopi. (forthcoming) Review of: Goscilo, Helena and Stephen M. Norris (eds.), Preserving Petersburg. History, Memory, Nostalgia (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2008). Slavonica , Vol. 15, No. 2, 2009. 2008 What Is It Like to Be a Bat-Author? Viktor Pelevin’s Empire V in Dutch Contributions to the fourteenth international congress of Slavists, Ohrid, September 10 - 16, 2008. Literature . Ed. by Sander Brouwer. Amsterdam and New York , NY : Rodopi: 243-256 (Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics, 51).

Project Title: 
MAW

Memory at War inaugural workshop

External Website Address: 

The Memory at War project kicked off with a workshop attended by all participants. The keynote address was delivered by Professor Jay Winters.

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