26 Oct 2022

The 12th Edition of the Genealogies of Memory Conference

From 25/10 till 27/10

Nowoursynowska 84
02-797 Warsaw
Poland

The College of Europe in Natolin is glad to announce that it is partnering with the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) on the occasion of the 12th Edition of the Genealogies of Memory Conference which will take place in Warsaw on the 26-28 October 2022. 

The ENRS is an international initiative whose main objective is to facilitate the discussion on the 20th-century history of Europe. The Genealogies of Memory seminars and conferences, which are held annually in Warsaw since 2011, help strengthen the academic exchange between scholars from Central-Eastern Europe and their Western counterparts.

The College of Europe in Natolin will be represented by Professor Georges MINK, who is a member of the Academic Council of this conference and Chairholder of the European Civilisation Chair at Natolin. He has been invited to be a keynote speaker talking about 'Geopolitics, History and Memory Games: a leap from the 20th to the 21st century'.

More information on the context and history of the conference can be found below and on the ENRS website:

Call for Papers 

On this occasion, The conference organisers would like to invite contributions from scholars working at the intersection of diplomacy, history, memory studies, political studies, colonial studies, and adjacent fields. The discussion revolves around how memory influences IR, how various actors around the world use the past, how such uses are likely to develop in the future, and which methodologies are best suited to the study of how memory influences IR.

Consequently, they will especially welcome papers that focus on new and innovative methodologies for researching the following questions: Will the growing importance of memory in IR ultimately lead to new confrontations? Given our globalised and interconnected world, is it still possible to talk of ‘domestic’ memory politics? Which images and narratives do countries and other actors adopt in their foreign memory politics? How do various actors (ab)use and appropriate historical narratives for their own purposes? How can memory diplomacy reflect or incorporate the ambiguity of the past, where every society assumes elements of both victim and perpetrator, thus is it possible to combine objective historical research and effective memory diplomacy? How can memory diplomacy support reconciliation? What is the role of various non-state actors in conducting both memory politics and public diplomacy?

Submission guidelines:

  1. Abstracts (maximum 300 words)
  2. Brief biographical statements
  3. Scans/photos of the signed Consent Clause

Please send the required documents to genealogies@enrs.eu by 28 February 2022.
Applicants will be notified of the results by 15 June. Written draft papers (2,000–2,500 words) should be submitted by 15 September 2022.


There will be an opportunity to publish some revised and extended papers in an edited volume, most probably through the book series European Remembrance and Solidarity developed by the ENRS and Routledge.
The organisers might cover accommodation expenses for the participants; reimbursement of travel expenses will be based on an application process. We will prioritise applications from early career researchers lacking support from their home institutions.
The conference language is English.

For more information, please contact Ms Anna BANACH.

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