International seminar "Memory Studies and Politics of History: Do They Meet Each Other?"

Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Institute of Political Sciences And Administration, Laboratory for International Memory Studies cordially invite students and lecturers to international seminar "MEMORY STUDIES AND POLITICS OF HISTORY: DO THEY MEET EACH OTHER?"

The seminar aims to discuss mechanisms and procedures of interaction between academe and policymakers in the field of the politics of history both at the national and supranational levels.

Participants from various areas of expertise, academics, and practitioners will discuss the following:
Do policymakers rely on academic research in strategic planning? How are political projects in the field of historical politics planned? Who initiates them? Do academics take part in policy-making? If yes, in what capacity? Who ensures the transfer of academic expertise/knowledge to policy-making institutions? What are the organizational forms, mechanisms, and procedures of this transfer? What is the thin red line between academic impartiality and policy commitment? Are policymakers interested in an objective academic assessment of their policy efforts? Are academics interested in being involved in policy-making? What are the mechanisms for recruiting academic experts to the policy-making process?

When: OCTOBER 21, 2022 / 9.00 – 17.30

Where: Institute of Political Sciences and Administration UMCS, Głęboka 45, Lublin, Room A.4.35

Financial support for this event was provided by the National Agency for Scholars Exchange (NAWA) and National Science Center (NCN) under the project “Quest for the Past: Politics of History in the ‘United Europe’ and Around (Actors, Actions, Outcomes, end of the 1980s – 2020s).”


Session 1  
Moderator: Marek Pietraś
09.00 – 10.30

  • Lukasz Adamski (Juliusz Mieroszewski Centre for Dialogue)

Academic historian and memory policy maker? Can the two social roles be reconciled?

  • Georgiy Kasianov (UMCS)

Memory politics in making: an institutional design, Ukraine and EU

  • Stefan Troebst (Leipzig University)

Trying to establish a European identity by politics of history. A new EU strategy

10.30 – 10.45

Session 2
Moderator: Anna Bazhenova
10.45 – 12.30

  • Jerzy Garbiński (UMCS)

Percepcja niemieckiej polityki pamięci w Europie Wschodniej

  • Walenty Baluk (UMCS)

Historyczny determinizm Federacji Rosyjskiej w stosunkach z Ukrainą w latach 2012–2022

  • Aliaksei Lastouski (Uppsala University; European Humanities University)

What happens when prosecutors start writing a history?

  • Marek Pietraś (UMCS)

Russia’s historical policy in geopolitical strategy of an asymmetric power

LUNCH 12.30 – 13.30

Session 3
Moderator: Georgiy Kasianov
13.45 – 15.30

  • Rasa Čepaitienė (Lithuanian Institute of History)

Symbolic politics as an instrument of social protest

  • Anna Bazhenova (Institute of Central Europe; UMCS)

Memory studies and historical politics: shaping the image of the Great Victory in Ukraine

  • Konrad Zieliński (UMCS)

Kilka uwag o stosunkach polsko-żydowskich w narracji obozu Zjednoczonej Prawicy (od 2015 r.)

  • Bartolomei Gajos (Juliusz Mieroszewski Centre for Dialogue)

Politics of memory before 1945: challenges of the past, challenges to the past

15.30 – 15.45

Session 4
Moderator: Jerzy Garbiński
15.45 – 17.15

  • Eleonora Kirwiel (UMCS)

Rozliczenia z historią. Społeczne percepcje przeszłości komunistycznej z perspektywy Polski i Rosji

  • Gabriele Woidelko, Florian Bigge (Körber-Stiftung)

Mission (im)possible? Civil society and its potential to connect history and politics

  • Anastasia Felcher (Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies)

A quest for identity and trauma narratives in a de facto regime. Do academic experts and policy-makers cooperate in defining local loyalty and commemorative strategies in Transnistria?"

17.15 – 17.30


    Date of addition
    17 October 2022