The Politics of Contested Historical Memory:
Dealing with the contemporary echoes of violent pasts across Europe and Asia.
Workshop Date – Location: Friday 27 Feb 2015, Deakin Waterfront Campus, Geelong VIC.
The Alfred Deakin Research Institute featured a contemporary history group pursuing the theme of conflict and memory. In the wake of recent books by Lowe, Joel and Slaveski dealing with the legacies of conflict in Europe and Asia, we joined with others, with the general aim of continuing the ‘movement’ of history and memory studies from its European and North American origins towards productive engagement with recent developments in Asia and the Pacific. At the same time, the growth of ethnographic methodology in researching the remembering of conflicts is a growing dynamic.
We asked our contributors to address the problem of the contemporary political appropriation of memory and its consequences within four subthemes. Each subtheme will form one of our four workshop panels.
1. Sites of remembrance where memory is constructed
2. Political speeches and occasion where memory is utilised
3. Representations of the past in media/visual and performing arts
4. Memory as indoctrination and transmitting it to future generations
Our workshop combined keynote presentations from leading Australian, Asian and European scholars with these interactive discussion panels where pressing questions in the field of memory studies can be debated in a free and open format.
The workshop is linked to our involvement in the new CES Research Network
on Transnational Memory and Identity in Europe