Robert Takács: Hungary and the West. East-West Cultural Transfers during the Cold War
Datum: 30. Mai 2016
Zeit: 11:00 Uhr, c.t.
Ort: Seminarraum des Imre Kertész Kollegs Jena (Am Planetarium 7)

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Annual Conference 2016

Annual Conference - People(s) on the Move

People(s) on the move. Refugees and immigration regimes in Central and Eastern Europe during the 20th century

Date: June 9-10, 2016
Venue: University Library Lecture Room (ThULB, Bibliotheksplatz 2, Jena) and Rosensäle (Fürstengraben 27, Jena)

At the end of the 20th century, societies in Central and Eastern Europe tend to conceive of themselves as ethnically homogeneous and ethnic diversity to be addressed as a question of national minorities. Whereas historical research has addressed the issues of forced migration, overseas emigration and political exile, the experiences of immigration and of coping with large numbers of refugees and its potential challenge to notions of national homogeneity have received little attention. The conference attempts to bring together current research in this field and to assess its potential in our understanding of more recent events.

The proframme of the conference can be viewed here: Programme Annual Conference of the Imre Kertész Kolleg

Workshop: Transforming the Museum. An Exploration

Date: May 27-28, 2016
Venue: JEWISH MUSEUM BERLIN, Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
Organizers: Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, Europäisches Kolleg Jena and Jüdisches Museum Berlin

During the last decades, the role of the museum has changed substantially. Former displays of objects and pictures are challenged by alternative ways of representing and staging the past. The use of media and visitor participation challenges the educational aspect that museums once offered. Conveying historical knowledge and stimulating a cognitive process of perception are being replaced by a more emotional museum experience: instead of dealing with historical facts, museums have become 'historical theme parks'. The central aim of the workshop is to discuss these developments on its historical backgrounds and develop further perspectives on roles and functions/ways of communication of historical museums/ or exhibitions. By focusing on the impact of new media and ways of staging the past, we want to take a closer look at how historical knowledge is conveyed in today's museums practice. 

The program of the Workshop can be viewed here: Transforming the Museum. An Exploration


An der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena ist – vorbehaltlich der Bewilligung der Weiterförderung – zum 1. September 2016 die Vollzeitstelle einer/ eines Wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin/ Mitarbeiters im Drittmittelprojekt Imre Kertész Kolleg zu besetzen.

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© Zydowski Instytut Historyczny

POLITYKA-Award for Best Source Edition in the field of the Contemporary Polish History

On 10 May 2016, Prof. Karolina Szymaniak was awarded a Polityka History Award for the Best Source Edition for her edition of Rachel Auerbach's writings from the ghetto.

The Imre Kertész Kolleg proudly congratulates Prof. Szymaniak on the award and her tremendous achievement!

From Prof. Borodziej's laudatory speech:

Karolina Szymaniak, in her own words, found herself facing a maze of texts, both published and unpublished, with words and sentences frequently crossed out, inserted or changed. "Subsequent drafts rose under Auerbach's fingers," like the dough in one of her dreams, "slipping out of control. In Auerbach's particular relationship to the texts, in these acts of constant repetition - of copying, printing these very same texts without being able to rewrite them entirely - one can also recognize signs of trauma." Karolina Szymaniak is addressing us here with practically British understatement. Auerbach's writings are in fact less a maze, than a cross between a jungle and the Tower of Babel. Hyperspectral scanning - I didn't realize such a thing existed - was only partially useful in uncovering earlier versions of the texts. It is only Szymaniak's painstaking editorial work, unsupported by technology, that has given us this extraordinary book, which may now - finally - find its way onto the bookshelves of classic works on the Holocaust.

Press release of Polityka magazine on the award can be found here: Nagrody Historyczne 2016 przyznane!  

New Publication: Német múltfeldolgozás. Beszélgetések történészekkel a huszadik század kulcskérdéseirő

© Kijárat

Laczó Ferenc

Kijárat, Budapest 2016
290 pages
ISBN 978-615-5160-54-7

The present volume includes eleven conversations with significant historians of the recent German past. These conversations, all of which were conducted between 2011 and 2015, focus on the historical and historiographical process of dealing with the Nazi past and the Holocaust. Several of them also offer insights into German-Jewish history and historiography while others address the current state and potential of comparative genocide studies.

The interviewees are Frank Bajohr, Michael Brenner, Norbert Frei, Christian Gerlach, Raphael Gross, Volkhard Knigge, Lutz Niethammer, Kiran Klaus Patel, Dieter Pohl, Dan Stone, Jürgen Zimmerer.

Further information can be found in the section: Research Fellow Publications 

Rationed Life: Science, Everyday Life, and Working-Class Politics in the Bohemian Lands, 1914–1918

© Berghahn Books

Rudolf Kučera

Berghahn Books, New York, Oxford, 2016
204 pages
ISBN 978-1-78533-128-2

Far from the battlefront, hundreds of thousands of workers toiled in Bohemian factories over the course of World War I, and their lives were inescapably shaped by the conflict. In particular, they faced new and dramatic forms of material hardship that strained social ties and placed in sharp relief the most mundane aspects of daily life, such as when, what, and with whom to eat. This study reconstructs the experience of the Bohemian working class during the Great War through explorations of four basic spheres-food, labor, gender, and protest-that comprise a fascinating case study in early twentieth-century social history.

Further information can be found in the section: Publications of Fellows 

Zum Tod von Imre Kertész

Foto: Peter Cott/FSU

Am 9. Juli 1997 sprach Imre Kertész an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena im Rahmen der Jenaer Poetik-Vorlesungen über „Das eigene Land."

Anlässlich seines Todes veröffentlicht das Kolleg den Text „Schicksallosigkeit als historische Perspektive. Imre Kertész und sein Blick auf das 20. Jahrhundert“ von Volkhard Knigge und Joachim von Puttkamer. Er erschien erstmals in Wlodzimierz Borodziej u. Joachim von Puttkamer (Hrsg.): Europa und sein Osten: Geschichtskulturelle Herausforderungen, München (Oldenbourg Verlag) 2012.

Zum Bericht über die Beerdigung in Budapest am 22. April 2016: Neue Züricher Zeitung Abschied von Imre Kertész in Budapest

Neue Webseite des Forums Geschichtskulturen

Das Forum Geschichtskulturen hat seinen angestammten Platz auf der Webseite des Imre Kertész Kollegs verlassen. Es ist ab jetzt mit neuem Design und einer Reihe neuer Texte auf einer eigenständigen Webpräsenz zu finden.