|Politics of Memory in Conflict(ual) Areas|
27-28 March 2009
Venue: OSA Archivum Arany Janos utca 32
The workshop “Politics of Memory in Conflict(ual) Areas”, (March 27-28, 2009, hosted by OSA Archivum, Arany Janos utca 32, Budapest) is spearheaded by several HESP – ReSET projects in collaboration with the History, Gender Studies and International Relations departments of the Central European University within the framework of the Comparative History project.
The workshop is focusing on the potentially divisive – “conflictual” - areas of academic inquiry, aiming to revisit critically the existing practices and dominant paradigms in undergraduate teaching in social sciences and humanities in the region. The workshop will focus on specific problems of memory, using it as one of the critical concepts to discuss a range of interrelated subjects that cut across state, institutional, and disciplinary boundaries. By bringing together scholars and junior researchers from several ReSET projects, all of them dealing with memory in some way, the workshop does not want only to raise issues that are of importance for all of these projects, but also to investigate possible areas of shared interest for further research and teaching which can use/produce synergy of the existing networks.
27 March 2009
28 March 2009
Georgiy Kasianov is a Head of Department of Contemporary History and Politics at the Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and professor of history at the National University Kyiv Mohyla Academy. He is an author of 6 and co-author and co-editor of 9 monographs and collection of essays devoted to different periods and aspects of Ukrainian and European history in 19th - 20th centuries. His current research projects deals with politics of history and changes in history writing in post-Soviet and post-Communist space. He is currently visiting senior research fellow at CEU History Department.
Tatiana Zhurzhenko is an Associate Professor at V. Karazin Kharkiv National University (Ukraine). Her research focuses on transformation processes in post-Soviet societies, especially in Ukraine: nation-building and memory politics, feminism(s) and nationalism(s), new borders and regional identities, language politics. Since 2007 she is an Elise Richter Fellow at the Institute of Political Science, University of Vienna working on the research project "Politics of Memory and National Identity in Post-Soviet Borderlands: Ukraine/Russia and Ukraine/Poland"
Nerijus Milerius works in the field of urban studies and film philosophy. He has a Bachelor of Philosophy degree (Vilnius University,1994), Master of Philosophy degree (Vilnius University,1994), Diplome d’Etudes Approfondie (Paris XII University, 1999), and a Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy (Vilnius University, 2001). Since 2001 Milerius is an Associate Professor at the Philosophy department, Vilnius University and he also teaches at the Vilnius Academy of Music and Theatre, and EHU-International. In the past, he also taught in the Center of Religious Studies (Vilnius University), and Vilnius International School of Management. He was a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) and in Chandigahr, Goa and Delhi (India). He was a tutor of the international project “Cultural and Visual Studies Reconsidered” and a member of the project “Europe in Cinema, Cinema in Europe” sponsored by the European Science Foundation. Nerjus Milerius is a member of the Council of the Lithuanian Society for Philosophy.
Inesa Khatkovskaya is a senior lecturer at the Department of Social Sciences at the European Humanities University (Vilnius) , teaching a course on contemporary western theories of culture and an introductory course in postcolonial theory film analyses. She has an MA degree in Cultural Studies (EHU, 2001) and a BA in Cultural Studies (Belarusian State University, 2000). Her research interests include cultural and postcolonial theory and film studies. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation entitled “The Phenomenon of National Cinema (case-study: Belarus)”, and also doing research on independent cinematic practices in post-soviet Belarus (from 1990 till the present) with regards both to ideology of images and politics of production and distribution.
Petra Rethmann is Associate professor of Anthropology, a faculty member in the Cultural Studies & Critical Theory program at McMaster University (Canada), and a member of the " Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. She is the author of Tundra Passages (2001) and co-editor of Globality: Frictions and Connections (in press), and the author of numerous articles that have appeared in edited volumes and in journals such as American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Anthropologica, Cultural Critique, and Anthropologie et Société. Her research is based in two main areas: Russia and South Africa. Over the past decade, she has devoted her attention to thinking about a number of interrelated issues concerning: cultural creativity and agency; the afterlife of particular historical movements and moments; the production of history and the place of art within it; fetishization and the violence of culture. In her writings on all of these issues she attends to questions of cultural politics and representation. Petra Rethmann is currently working on two book-length projects. The first one examines the cultural politics of left-wing collectives and movements that emerged in West Germany in the 1980s. The second project involves a critical interrogation of the South African anti-apartheid struggle, examined from a perspective of the future that never came into being.
Aleksei Miller is a visiting professor at the History department of the Central European University teaching, most recently, “Imperial Order, Identifications, and Loyalties in Contiguous Empires”, “Empires and Nationalism: a Comparative Perspective” and " Topics in History of Eastern and East-Central Europe” (PhD, with Karl Hall). Among other research projects he was an academic director of two HESP-ReSET international projects "History of Empires. Comparative methods in teaching and research,” (2001-2004) and "Beyond National and Regional Narratives," (2003-2005). Professor Miller has been a Humboldt-Stiftung Research Fellow (1998-1999), a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna (2001), a Senior Fellow, Collegium Budapest (2002-2003) and a visiting Professor, University of Glamorgan, UK (2004). Among his many publications are Imperial Authorities, Russian Public Opinion and Ukrainian Nationalism in the Second Half of the 19th Century (2000) (in Russian), The Ukrainian Question. The Russian Empire and Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century (2003); The Romanov Empire and Nationalism (2006). (In Russian. English version forthcoming with CEU Press in 2008); The Western Borderlands of the Russian Empire (together with M.Dolbilov) (2006) (in Russian), etc.
Jasmina Lukić is an Associate Professor at the Department of Gender Studies, Central European University in Budapest. She has been a co-founder and the editor in chief of the journal for feminist theory Ženske studije (1996-1999) and she is an associate editor of The European Journal of Women’s Studies and of Aspasia. Her research interests are primarily related with literary and cultural studies, and with South-Slavic literatures. She has published a number of articles and book chapters. Her publications include a collection of critical studies The Other Face (1984), and a monograph Metafiction: Reading the Genre (2001). She has edited Special Issue on Women, Identity, and Identification: “Who are I” of European Journal of Women’s Studies (2003). Together with Joanna Regulska and Darja Zavirsek, she has edited a volume Women and Citizenship in Central and Eastern Europe (2006). She is a senior faculty with the ReSET project ‘Cultures of Memory and Emancipatory Politics: Past and Communality in the Post-Yugoslav Space’.
Irina Papkova received her B.A. from Hamilton College in 1999; an MA in Russian and East European Studies from Georgetown University in 2002; and completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from Georgetown University in 2006. She has taught at Georgetown, George Washington University, and the Russian State Pedagogical University of A. I. Gerzen. Her research interests include religion and politics, nationalism and ethnic conflict, the politics of development and democratization, and the cultural impact of globalization; and the political implications of historical memory. Her regional focus is Eurasia and Eastern Europe. Papkova’s publications include, among others, “The Russian Orthodox Church and Political Party Platforms” in Journal of Church & State and “Notes on Recent Scholarship on Orthodoxy and Politics in Russia” in the current issue of Kritika: Explorations in Russian History and Culture. She is currently completing the manuscript of Russian Orthodoxy and Post-Soviet Federal Politics, a book exploring the relationship of religion and politics in Post-Soviet Russia. Prior to coming to CEU, Papkova held the position of Title VIII Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From March to August 2008 she held the Junior Robert Bosch Fellowship at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, where she worked on a study of grass-roots fundamentalism in the Orthodox countries of Eastern Europe.
Margaret Paxson is currently Senior Associate at the George Washington U/IERES, and Kennan Institute. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from McGill University and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Montreal. Paxson’s doctoral research was on the subject of social memory in rural Russia, and was based on over 17 months of fieldwork in a single village in the Russian north. In 2005, Paxson published Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village (Indiana University Press and Woodrow Wilson Press), which was named of one the books of the year in 2006 by salon.com. In addition to social memory, Paxson’s broader research interests in the post-Soviet region; healing practices, broadly defined; and the philosophy of science. She has published academic articles in various venues and journalistic pieces in the Washington Post Sunday Magazine and the Wilson Quarterly and has been interviewed on BBC radio and Dialog Television. Paxson's current research is on the subject of social memory in rural Kabardino-Balkaria, in the Northern Caucasus of Russia.
Ksenia Polouektova is currently a Golda Meir post-doctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She did her graduate studies in Ann Arbor (MA in Jewish Studies) and Budapest (Ph.D. in History), with a doctoral dissertation on the practices and narratives of travel in Russian history and culture. As a Dorot Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, she collaborated on the Center's Encyclopedia of Camps, Ghettoes, and other Detention Sites in Nazi-Dominated Europe. As a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Collegium Budapest, she has written on the 20th century Jewish narratives of exile and homecoming for an anthology of Eastern European Literary Exile in the Twentieth Century, forthcoming with Walter de Gruyter (Berlin). Her work on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Russian-Jewish history 200 Years Together was published at the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antsemitism, Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2008.
Csaba Szilagyi is the content specialist for the Parallel Archive Project (www.parallelarchive.org) and senior human rights archivist at OSA Archivum, Budapest. For two years, he was the curator of the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research at Columbia University, and even before that he also worked as an archives consultant for the Open Society Institute and Human Rights Watch in New York City.
Olga Zaslavskaya joined the OSA Archivum as an archivist for Slavic languages and Samizdat archives curator in 1996. From 1987-1993 she taught courses on philosophy, social sciences and aesthetics in universities of the Altai region. She has taken an active part in organizing several exhibitions, including Forced Labour Camps (GULAG), Prague 1968 and The TypeWriter Exhibition on samizdat and has participated in the organization of the Curriculum Resource Center sessions in cooperation with CEU History Department. She has been an essential contributor to the establishment of the IS[R]A network and since September 2005 has been involved in strengthening the focus of OSA on the promotion of alternative culture. She is a co-director for HESP-ReSET “Alternative Culture Beyond Borders” and a co-founder of International Alternative Culture Center (IACC). Her current research interests include problems of creativity and cognition, problems of alternative culture and the phenomenon of samizdat. The recent publication “From Dispersed to Distributed Archives: Past and Present of the Samizdat Material” (Poetics Today). Currently she is A.Mellon Fellow at IWM (Austria) working on the project entitled Archives as an ‘artifacts of history’; or, How the history of recent past has been preserved.
Damir Arsenijevic, cultral theorist and critic, Sarajevo/Tuzla/Belgrade/Coventry. He received his Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He is a Lecturer in English literature and Culture at Tuzla University, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Administrative Director of Re-set seminar, 'Cultures of Memory and Emancipatory Politics: Re-visioning the Past and Communality in the Yugoslav and Post-Yugoslav Spaces'. He has participated in and coordinated several collaborative international projects. His primary area of research is the relationship between cultural production and politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina from the late 1980s to date. His publications are in the field of cultural and literary theory.
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