Workshops 2012

Legacies of Violence. Eastern Europe´s First World War

13. - 14. April 2012


The workshop is dedicated to Eastern and Central Eastern Europe as a region and the First World War as central event, including its immediate preludes and aftermaths. Within that framework, it focuses on the tradition of violent rule, behavior and thought.

Section One (A World in Transition) discusses the impact of the reign and the downfall of Empires on the one hand, the rise of national movements on the other hand on the formation of regional and trans-regional conflicts. Section Two (Occupation Plans and Practices) asks where violent concepts - forms of administrational or economic domination as well as immediate physical violence - came from, how they were applied during the war, where they were intended to lead to in the plans of the occupation powers and how they in reality affected postwar rule in the areas under survey. Section Three (Radicalizations) is dedicated to the development of violent thought alongside the First World War in Eastern and Central Europe, the rise of left and right political extremism - the Bolshevik revolution and the evolving fascist and authoritarian regimes - as well as the theoretical and practical exclusion of groups regarded as alien to once own society, as mirrored in the increase of a widespread anti-Semitism and the development of concepts of "cleaning" whole landscapes from "undesirable elements". 

The workshop will bring together scholars from Europe, the USA, and Canada in order to examine short-term and long-term legacies of violence in Eastern Europe's First World War. Through comparative discussion organized around themed subject sections, the symposium will help to develop a transnational analysis of the ramifications of the First World War in Eastern and Central Eastern Europe. A confirmed registration is necessary for your attendance!

Programme as a PDF-version

Conference venue: Villa Rosenthal, Mälzerstraße 11// 07743 Jena
Contact: Dr. Jochen Böhler (jochen.boehler@uni-jena.de)

East Central Europe in the 20th Century: Roundtable on the State of the Art of Historical Studies

11/12 May, 2012


In cooperation with Pasts, Inc. Center for Historical Studies at the Central European University
Conference Venue: Central European University Budapest
Contact: Dr. Ferenc Laczó (ferenc.laczo(at)uni-jena(dot)de)
The programme can be found here

East Central Europe in the 20th Century. Roundtable on the State of the Art of Historical Studies is meant to serve two interrelated purposes. First, it is called to foster reflection and dialogue on the state of the art and potential future direction of historical research dealing with East Central Europe in the 20th century. Therefore, a number of scholars with substantial contributions to the most dynamic thematic subfields are invited to share their scholarly insights and personal experiences while some of the leading scholars dealing with the history of East Central Europe are kindly asked to serve as commentators. Second, the roundtable is organized to better acquaint internationally oriented scholars dealing with this multifaceted region with each other and provide a forum where new agendas can be formulated. Specific subjects shall be discussed in individual panels ranging from alternative approaches to the study of the region, such as the comparative, the transnational and the entangled, different spatial conceptualizations and uses of regional studies in various localities through diverging and conflicting national interpretations to the study of dictatorships and their remembrance to the challenge of integrating non-mainstream themes and actors into mainstream national and regional historiographies (please see below). Individual presentations shall last no longer than fifteen to twenty minutes and will be commented upon by distinguished scholars. All panels will include extended discussions.
The discussions shall draw on in-depth studies of recent historiography published in volumes such as (Re)Writing History: Historiography in Southeast Europe after Socialism edited by Ulf Brunnbauer, Narratives Unbound: Historical Studies in Post-Communist Eastern Europe edited by Sorin Antohi, Balázs Trencsényi, and Péter Apor, well as on the recent all-European projects on modern historiography such as the volumes in the Writing the Nation series edited by Stefan Berger, Christoph Conrad and Guy P. Marchal.

Toward a New Moral World Order: Menschenrechtspolitik und Völkerrecht seit 1945

Ein Symposium des Jena Center Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts und des Imre Kertész Kollgs Jena

28 - 30. Juni 2012

Ort: Altes Schloss Dornburg bei Jena
Ansprechpartner: Dr. Raphael Utz (raphael.utz(at)uni-jena(dot)de)
Das Programm finden Sie hier.
Eine Teilnahme ist nur nach bestätigter Anmeldung per Mail möglich.

Lange Zeit beschränkte sich das Interessen der Historiker am Thema Menschenrechte auf ideengeschichtliche Aspekte. Seit kurzem aber mehren sich empirische Studien über die Rolle internationaler Organisationen, die Herausbildung globaler Menschenrechtsdiskurse und die Interventionen zivilgesellschaftlicher Akteure. Und inzwischen ist die Frage nach einem historisch tragfähigen Begriff von den Menschenrechten ebenso umstritten wie die nach ihrer Genese und Periodisierung: war mit dem Aufkommen des Begriffs der Human Rights am Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs tatsächlich so etwas wie eine globale "Menschenrechtsrevolution" verbunden? Oder handelte es sich um moralpolitisches Window Dressing der Großmächte, das von der Fortgeltung traditioneller Machtpolitik im Zeitalter des Kalten Krieges ablenken sollte? Lässt sich, wenn man den Umgang mit staatlicher Massengewalt und illegitimen Angriffskriegen betrachtet, ein Bogen schlagen vom internationalen Legalismus der Nachkriegszeit zum Ende der bipolaren Weltordnung? Was erzählen die vergangenen Konjunkturen der Menschenrechte über den Wandel im Verhältnis von Staat, Nation und Gesellschaft? Soll man zum Beispiel den "neuen Humanitarismus" der siebziger Jahre als Symptom eines sich verstärkenden Krisenbewusstseins, gar als Indiz für die Erosion von Staatlichkeit verstehen?
Die Tagung will zu einer Historisierungsdebatte beitragen, die der Entwicklung der Menschenrechte seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs in unterschiedlichen Kontexten auf die Spur zu kommen sucht.

From Reconstructing to Reviving the Past? Trends and Developments in Exhibiting 20th Century History


October 4th/5th 2012


In cooperation with the Museum Fabryka Schindlera in Cracow (Hosting Museum)
Conference Venue: Międzynarodowe Centrum Kultury (International Cultural Center) Rynek Główny 25, 31-008 Kraków
Contact: Dorothea Warneck M.A. (dorothea.warneck(at)uni-jena(dot)de)
A confirmed registration is necessary for your attendance!

The programme can be found here.

The central aim of the first workshop in Cracow is to reconstruct and to discuss fundamental developments in historical museums and the presentation of history in exhibitions both in Western and East Central Europe. Our underlying assumption is that there are more things in common than would be visible at first glance. The challenge to rescue exhibitions and museums from their existence as temples of the fine arts or socialist exhibition grounds posed very similar questions to practitioners in Western Europe (after ca. 1970) and in Eastern Europe after 1989: What are the possibilities inherent in exhibitions to make history accessible to new groups of visitors? How can they minimize the distance between visitors and the historical narrative? How can museums become places of "historical education"?
Apart from these fundamental questions and independent of theoretical discussions, a great variety of new forms of communicating with visitors became prominent due to new media usage. Central to the new beginnings in museums in Western Europe in the 1970s and in Eastern Europe in the 1990s appears to be the question which type of museum became a thing of the past, and which new methodological, aesthetic, and technological concepts and approaches were put into practice.
Today, a new type of historical exhibition can be seen in the whole of Europe in which history is staged as a contemporary and direct experience - as an event attempting to involve the visitor in a direct fashion.

Fachtagung der DGO

Religion Kirchen und Staatsgewalt in Mittel- und Osteuropa

6. - 7. Dezember 2012

gemeinsam mit der DGO (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde)

Ort: Europäische Akademie Berlin, Bismarckallee 46/48, 14193 Berlin
Ansprechpartner und Anmeldung: office(at)dgo-online(dot)org

Diese Tagung thematisiert die Beziehung zwischen Kirchen und Staatsgewalt in Mittel- und Osteuropa. Damit ist ein Doppeltes gemeint: Zum einen die staatliche Gewalt, die gegen Kirchen ausgeübt wurde, seit sozialistische Regime an die Macht kamen; in der Regel zunächst blutige Verfolgung und Unterdrückung, dann die Entwicklung eines modus vivendi, der in den verschiedenen Staaten ganz unterschiedlich war. Zum anderen ist die staatliche Macht gemeint; hier ist wiederum zu unterscheiden zwischen der Zeit des Sozialismus, als Kirchen (nach der ersten Phase von gewaltsamem Kirchenkampf) ihre Haltung gegenüber den Regimen im Rahmen der gegebenen Möglichkeiten zwischen den Polen von Kollaboration und Widerstand definieren mussten, und andererseits in der Zeit während und nach der Transformation, als es darum ging, sich in Gesellschaften zu verorten, die durch Pluralität und grundsätzliche Offenheit, aber auch durch Unsicherheiten und nationale Konsolidierung geprägt waren.
  
Die Konferenzsprachen sind Deutsch und Englisch.

Das Programm finden Sie hier.