Центр изучения культурной памяти и символической политики

International Conference
“Memory of the Second World War – 
Glorification, Condemnation, Accusation, Justification, Explanation” 
October 22–24, 2020.
European University at Saint-Petersburg


The Conference is organized by the Center for Studies of Cultural Memory and Symbolic Politics of the European University at Saint-Petersburg.  

What happens to the memories of War in the context of departing of the generation of veterans and “the children of War”? Which new forms of commemoration and new symbols are emerging? How is memory of the WWII embedded in longer narratives of war memory?

The WWII is becoming more and more distant but it does not mean that its significance for political use / interpretation of the past is diminishing. Quite the opposite. Never before have the meaning of the war, its lessons and its outcome been the subject to such intensive revision / rethinking and polemics. What are the reasons for this situation, who are the actors of this memory wars? What are the stakes of these memory wars and where do the frontlines run?  

How are the geopolitical shifts connected to the framing of the picture of the Second World War? What happens to the narrative of WWII when the focus shifts from Europe to Asia? How is the chronology changing (including the date of the beginning of the war and of its end), how are the symbols and the key places of memory changing? What are the narratives of WWII in the new great powers — China and India? 

The memory of the WWII remains the subject to polemics and political conflicts within states, because during the war the representatives of many nations fought in rival armies and in local, “civil” wars, which developed parallel to colossal clashes of the regular armies. What happens in the countries where the memory of the WWII is split? Where and how are these conflicts articulated, which current political stakes are in game? 

What will happen to the narratives and the commemoration of the WWII on the 75th anniversary of its end? Will the antagonistic scenarios of memory wars completely dominate, or this year will offer an impulse for a new agonistic international dialogue about еру WWII? The organizers of the conference hope that the participants will be able to make first analysis of the commemorative events of the jubilee year. 

These are some issues to be addressed at the conference. 
The Center will cover the participants’ expenses in Saint-Petersburg — accommodation, meals. The organizers can offer a limited number of travel grants. The University will provide visa support for foreign participants. 

The working languages at the conference are Russian and English. 

Applications should include updated CV, up to 5 pages of short description of the paper/ an abstract of a paper (5 pages). Please point out in your application if you would like to be considered for financial support and confirm, in this case, that you have no or only limited funding from your home institution. Please sent your applications to our contacts: till June 15, 2020.

Invitations are expected to be sent by June 30. The organizers will ask those invited to the conference to send advanced paper draft (20–40 thousand signs) by October 1. These texts will be available to conference participants by October 15. 

The organizers plan publication of collective volume with the EU Press.

The Joint Stock Company “Goznak” is sponsoring the conference.
Conference Organizing Committee: A.Miller (chairman), V.Lapin, N.Lomagin.