03 July 2014 | 1:00 pm to 05 July 2014 | 3:30 pm
Conference: Disturbing Pasts
- Wilkins Haldane Room, UCL, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
- Open to
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’.