Collapse of Memory – Memory of Collapse



Tuesday, 20 September 2016

16.00    Coffee/Registration, SOL

16.30     Welcome/ Opening/ Introduction, SOL: A129b

Keynote, SOL: A129b                     Introduction by Joachim Schiedermair
Elizabeth Oxfeldt (Oslo)
Drowning Youth: The Oslo Massacres (July 22nd) and Current Refugee Children in Margreth Olin’s De andre

18.00    Reception


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

9.00      Keynote, SOL: A129b           Introduction by Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

Andrij Portnov (Berlin)
Usages of History – Chances for Reconciliation: The Great Patriotic War and the Ukrainian Crisis

10.15     Coffee

10.30    Panel 1 Politicization of Collective Memories, SOL: A129b
Chair: Tomas Sniegon // Discussant: Bo Petersson

Martin Kerntopf
Russia’s Contemporary Hegemonic Turn and Change in Collective Memory

Gintautas Mažeikis
Anti-Foundationalism as a Principle of the Collective Politics of Memory: Opportunities and Contemporary Conflicts

Iryna Sklokina
Political Cult of the Fallen Soldiers in Ukraine: Soviet Legacy and Making Sense of the Ongoing War

12.30    Lunch

14.00   Panel 2 The Pressures of Cultural Memories, SOL: L604
Chair: Barbara Törnquist-Plewa // Discussant: Zuzanna Bogumił & Mattias Nowak

Magdalena Żmijkowska, Magdalena Kołodzińska
The Culture of Memory. The Issue of the German Legacy  in Gazeta Olsztyńska in the Years 1945-2010

Uta Bretschneider
Flight and Expulsion after World War II as Collapse. Official and Individual Memories in Eastern Germany

Gerhard Besier, Katarzyna Stokłosa
The EU’s Handling of Recent Crises

14.00  Panel 3 Migration Forcing Memory Work, SOL: L201
Chair: Marta Grzechnik /Discussant: Alexander Drost

Stephan Steiner
Deportation and the Crisis of Early Modern Europe

Ulrike Präger
Memorizing, Medializing, and Musicking Migration

Emily Mark-FitzGerald
‘Maximizing’ Diaspora: Historical Memory and Migration Heritage in Recession Ireland

16.00    Coffee

16.30    Panel 4 Disastrous Memory in Media’s Res, SOL: L604
Chair: Uta Bretschneider/Discussant: Marta Grzechnik

Diane Negra
Memory, Media and the New Extreme Weather Culture in Ireland

Alfredo Ricardo Silva Lopes
Socioenvironmental Disasters and Memory in the South of Santa Catarina State – Brazil (1974-2004)

Julia Leyda
Cli-Fi TV: Premediated Global Petro-Crisis in Occupied

16.30    Panel 5 Overcoming Crisis by Memory Work, SOL: L123
Chair: Olga Sasunkevich // Discussant: Barbara Törnquist-Plewa

Zuzanna Bogumił
Local Community, Memory and Responsibility for Crimes Committed to the Other: The Case of Jedwabne in Poland

Florian Peters
Reconfiguring History and Memory as a Response to Crisis: The Transformation of Poland’s Solidarność Movement during the 1980s

Martin Müller-Butz
Managing Catastrophe(s) by Autobiographical Writing: Imperial Russia and Its Turmoil in Polish Memoirs during 20th Century

(19.00   Dinner)


Thursday, 22 September 2016

9.00       Keynote, SOL: A129b                        Introduction by Alexander Drost
Kathryn Cassidy (Newcastle)
Bordering Shame: Memory and Multiscalar Political Projects of Belonging in Contemporary Ukraine

10.15      Coffee

10.30     Panel 6 Memory and Morality, LUX: A233
Chair: Franziska Sajdak // Discussant: Joachim Schiedermair

Jessica Ortner
Migrant Literature as Agency for Cultural Memory – Visions of Europe in Vladimir Vertlib’s Das besondere Gedächtnis der Rosa Masur und Kaja Petrowskaja’s Vielleicht Esther

Irma Erlingsdóttir
The Staging of a Political Crisis and the Injunction to Remembrance: The French “Blood Affair” in Hélène Cixous’s The Perjured City, or the Awakenings of the Furies

Philipp Wagner
How to Literary Recover Shipwrecks: Configurations of a Motive in August Strindberg’s Early Prose [1870s], Selma Lagerlöf’s Bannlyst [1918] and Lars Sund’s En lycklig liten ö [2007]

12.30      Lunch

14.00     Panel 7 Mediation and Re-Mediation in Times of Crisis, SOL: H135b
Chair: Niklas Bernsand // Discussant: Eleonora Narvselius

Ivan Kozachenko
Fighting for the Soviet Union 2.0: Digital Nostalgia and Nationa Belonging in the Ukraine Crisis

Mariëlle Wijermars
Archival Remedy: Memory, Media and Crisis in Sergei Loznitsa’s Maidan and The Event

Peter Gray
Deploying the Memory of Irish Famine: The Crises of 1859-63 and 1879-81 and the Contested Meaning of the Great Famine (suggestion to add: in media)

14.00     Panel 8 Making Use of War Memories, LUX: A233
Chair: Zuzanna Bogumił // Discussant: Tomas Sniegon

Michael B. Elm
Forging New Transnational Identities out of the Great War

Roy Marom
A World War in Glocal Perspective: Arab and Jewish Recollections of WWI in Palestine’s Sharon Plain

Tea S. Andersen
First World War Collapses and the Question of How to (Re)build a Croatian Memory

16.00     Coffee

16.30     Panel 9 Between Troubled Pasts and Alternative Futures, SOL: L201
Chair/Discussant: Valur Ingimundarson

Valur Ingimundarson
Contested Crisis Narratives: The Politics of Memory, Justice, and Reconstrution in Iceland

Marianna Fotaki
History and Memory in Responses to the Refugee Crisis by Local Communities and Voluntary Organisations in the Mediterranean: Past and Present

Gerardine Meaney
Afterwards: Temporal Dislocation and Political In/Action in Irish Cultural Responses to the Financial Crisis

Gunnthórunn Gudmundsdóttir
Memory and Memorialisation in Post-Recession Iceland

18.30     THE END

Call For Papers

Conference, Lund 20-22 September 2016

The International Research Training Group (IRTG) “Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region”, a collaborative programme between the universities of Lund, Tartu, and Greifswald, invites proposals for conference papers, which discuss how the management of crisis is affected by previous experiences and memories and how crisis, disaster or collapse affect cultural memory and political agency. We are particularly interested in contributions that address how past experiences and knowledge are re-interpreted and employed in order to overcome situations of crisis and collapse. Dealing with and mastering situations of crisis, disaster or the experience of failure depends very much (1) on cultural interpretations of these events, (2) on the epistemic community which stimulates these interpretations, and (3) on the agents who contribute to the construction of possible futures. Against this background, the theorization of collapse/disaster/crisis has to take into account not only the experience itself, but more especially its medialization throughout society (Erll, 2006), and therefore the impact of memory on crisis/collapse/disaster management. Collapse and disaster are universal or global phenomena. However, the perception and construction of an event as collapse and disaster may vary from society to society.

We welcome case studies, which deal with social and cultural responses to social, cultural, political, and economic crises as well as environmental disasters. Contributions may relate to incisive contemporary issues like the current refugee crisis, or the Ukraine-Russian conflict and the regional as well as global responses. However, as current perspectives are rooted in past experiences, we also welcome contributions with a historical perspective as well as papers on historical events, like the tulip crisis in the seventeenth century, the Sepoy Revolt in Delhi in the nineteenth century, or wars in Europe and other parts of the world.


We invite contributions by both early career and senior scholars from the humanities and social sciences. The proposed papers should deal with historical and current events of collapse and disaster. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words in English and a short biographical note by 25 March 2016 to: waterproj12[at] Applicants will be notified by 25 April 2016.