Webinar: Contesting National Memory: Reinterpreting the Past in Poland and Hungary

Contesting National Memory: Reinterpreting the Past in Poland and Hungary

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WHEN: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 TIME: 10:30am-Noon (PST)

DETAILS: Political aspirations in the presence are regularly deeply rooted in a particular appropriation of the past. Countries such as Hungary and Poland demonstrate how such historic narratives take on an intensely contested nature when the fundamental features of collective identity and national communities are sanctioned. Over the past years, both countries have witnessed a state politics of historical memory promoting narratives that are in line with the political aspirations of those in power.

This moderated conversation will address how the public commemoration of the past is closely linked to the contested re-imagination of national identity in postCommunist states.

The key question for this roundtable webinar will be: How do historic narratives inform attempts to redefine national identity ? How do historic narratives support particular modes of commemorating the past while downplaying or outright banning others?


Beata Halicka (Adam Mickiewicz University)

Ildikó Barna (Eötvös Loránd University)

Dr Jan Grabowski (University of Ottawa).

Moderator: Oliver Schmidtke (University of Victoria).

This event is hosted by the EuMePo Jean Monnet Network, the Europe Canada Network (EUCAnet), and the Centre for Global Studies, with support from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.