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10 Collective Memory – Present Focus on the Past

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Seminar
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Commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War will mark the year 2014 all over Europe. Collective memory  the way societies remember  is not limited to commemorations and anniversaries. The reference to the past has an impact on very different levels of identity: in memorials we notice in passing, such as street names and monuments, but also more explicitly in controversial public debates regarding the interpretation of history at the level of local government or in international contexts.

The seminar will shed light on current developments in memory culture and the politics of memory, especially in the context of the European integration process. The seminar will also deal with the future of memory currently under discussion. Finally, it will address the central question of the social function of memory: why do societies commemorate?

Speakers

Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna; APART Post-Doc Fellowship, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
Professor for English Literature and Literary Theory, Department of Literature, University of Konstanz Chair
Senior Researcher, Institute for Culture Studies and Theatre History, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna Chair

MMag. Dr. Ljiljana RADONIC

Lecturer, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna; APART Post-Doc Fellowship, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

 Since 2004 Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
2003-2004 Interpreter for a women's refuge (Verein autonomer Frauenhäuser), Vienna, and the exhibition "Gastarbajteri" - 40 Years of Labour Migration from former Yugoslavia and Turkey to Austria (Initiative Minderheiten/Museum der Stadt Wien/Stadtbibliothek), Vienna
2004-2007 Tutor at the Department of State Science, University of Vienna
2006-2009 PhD fellowship at the interdisciplinary PhD program "Cultures of Difference. Transformation in Central Europe", University of Vienna
 Since 2013 Habilitation project "World War II in Post-Communist Memorial Museums", Institute of Culture Studies and Theatre History, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
2009-2013 Postdoc-coordinator of the interdisciplinary PhD program "Austrian Galicia and Its Multicultural Heritage", University of Vienna / Austrian Science Fund

Dr. Dr.h.c. Aleida ASSMANN

Professor for English Literature and Literary Theory, Department of Literature, University of Konstanz

1966-1972 Studium der Anglistik und Ägyptologie, Heidelberg
1972 Magister Artium, Anglistik und Ägyptologie (mit Auszeichnung)
 Seit 1993 Lehrstuhl für Anglistik und Allgemeine Literaturwissenschaft, Universität Konstanz
1992 Habilitation, neuphilologische Fakultät, Universität Heidelberg

Dr. Heidemarie UHL

Senior Researcher, Institute for Culture Studies and Theatre History, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna

1987-2000 Collaborator, Institute for History, University of Graz
since 1988 Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary History, Graz University
since 2001 Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary History, Vienna University
since 2001 Senior Researcher IKT Institute for Culture Studies and Theatre History, AAS Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
2009, 2010 and 2013 Guest Professorship, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Université Strasbourg, Andrássy Universität Budapest

Seminar Week

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13.08.2014

17:00 - 17:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2014Plenary
17:15 - 17:30Opening Concert, Part 1: sAmo for Flute, Violoncello and AccordionCulture
17:30 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 19:30Opening Concert, Part 2: Blink, Think & ListenCulture
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
21:00 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial

14.08.-19.08.2014

01 Sustainable Peace and Security - Who Cares?Seminar
02 The Politics of Emotions: Diagnosis and Historical TransformationsSeminar
03 An Energy Transition for the FutureSeminar
04 The Human MicrobiomeSeminar
05 Creativity and Innovation for GrowthSeminar
06 1814 - 1914 - 1989: Paradigm Shifts in Public International Law and PoliticsSeminar
07 Ethical Implications of Religious WorldviewsSeminar
08 Art and ProtestSeminar
09 Europe and Its Neighbours - EU External Relations at the Crossroads?Seminar
10 Collective Memory - Present Focus on the PastSeminar
11 Feeding the WorldSeminar
12 Decisions Under UncertaintySeminar
13 Macroeconomics - The Return of IdeologiesSeminar
14 Human - Machine - RoboticsSeminar
15 The Aftermath of 1914-1918: Images of the Great WarSeminar
16 The Key to Good GovernanceSeminar
17 Media from a Theoretical PerspectiveSeminar

14.08.2014

18:00 - 19:00Vernissage: Let the Children Play. On the 25th Anniversary of the UN-Declaration of the Rights of the ChildCulture

15.08.2014

19:00 - 20:30Literature Talk: Wars and Civil Wars in the Mirror of Current World LiteratureCulture

16.08.2014

18:00 - 19:30Courage. In Memoriam Fritz MoldenCulture

18.08.2014

19:30 - 20:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture

19.08.2014

19:00 - 22:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary