[Konferenz Berlin] After Memory. Conflicting Claims to World War II in Contemporary Eastern European Literatures

06.11.2015 - 08.11.2015

Vom 6.-8. November 2015 findet im Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (ZfL) die gemeinsam mit der Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien und dem Osteuropa-Institut der FU Berlin veranstaltete Konferenz "After Memory. Conflicting Claims to World War II in Contemporary Eastern European Literatures" statt.

Die Tagung nimmt den siebzigsten Jahrestag des Kriegsendes zum Anlass, Kriegsdarstellungen in osteuropäischen Gegenwartsliteraturen zu untersuchen:

70 years after the end of the war, the breakdown of state socialism in its specific instantiations and the vanishing of the generation of witnesses are causing massive changes in modes of remembrance. In Eastern Europe today, cultural memory is both post-socialist and post-memorial. This coincides with increased pluralisation and diversity in the region. Conflicting claims to an authoritative representation of World War II dispute the former hegemonic narratives of remembrance. At the same time, literature has gradually lost its role as a key genre of collective and individual memory, as other, mostly visual media, have become more important — and not just in Eastern Europe. The conference takes these observations as a starting point to explore literature’s changing role in shaping the memory of World War II in a comparative perspective.
The conference panels discuss fictional representations of formerly marginalized or forgotten histories, constructions of traumatic, heroic or transnational histories as well as poetic devices, narrative strategies and affective models which form our understanding of the past.

Matthias Schwartz (Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin, ZfL)
in Kooperation mit
Nina Weller (Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Heike Winkel (Institute for East European Studies / Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature, Freie
Universität Berlin)

ZfL Berlin
Schützenstraße 18
3. Stock
10117 Berlin

Interessenten senden bitte vor Beginn der Konferenz eine E-Mail an Sarah Affenzeller