Events

Conference: Disturbing Pasts

Publication date: Jun 18, 2014 12:03 PM

Start: Jul 03, 2014 01:00 PM
End: Jul 05, 2014 03:30 PM

Location: Wilkins Haldane Room, UCL, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Reverberations of the Second World War in Europe after 1945

Organized by the AHRC-funded research group ‘Reverberations of War in Germany and Europe since 1945’ under the direction of Professor Mary Fulbrook and Dr Stephanie Bird, based at University College London (UCL).

This conference sets out to explore the complex and diverse reverberations of the Second World War after 1945. The notion of ‘disturbing pasts’ refers to the experience of war and violence. But the aim is to understand how and why these experiences continue to disturb a later present, and how some people later disturb an apparently dormant past. The focus is on conflicting, unexpected and often dissonant interpretations and representations of these events among both those who were the witnesses, victims and perpetrators of these events and among different communities in the generations that followed. On a theoretical level, therefore, one objective of this conference is to raise challenges to the widely used and yet under-theorized concept of ‘collective memory’.

This conference is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the UCL European Institute, the School for European Languages Culture and Society and the UCL Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies.