Conference: “The Memory of Communism in Europe”, Paris, 15th-16th May 2014

International Conference 

“The memory of Communism in Europe: actors, norms, institutions” 

Paris, 15th-16th May 2014 

Organized within the COST Action IS1203 – “In search of transcultural memory in Europe”, Working Group 1 Politics of Memory 

in collaboration with the Institut Universitaire de France 

and the Polish Libray in Paris 

Organizing Committee: Pascal Bonnard (CERI), Cécile Jouhanneau (CERI), Georges Mink (College of Europe and ISP-CNRS) and Laure Neumayer (University Paris 1, CESSP and Institut Universitaire de France) 

Thursday, May 15th 


Venue: University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, 12 Place du Panthéon, room 6 

Chair : Cécile Jouhanneau (CERI)

 Dominique Arel (Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa): “Memories of Communism and Memories of World War II in Ukraine: Categories, Responsibility, and Ethics” 

 Valentin Behr (University of Strasbourg): “The writing of the (political) history of Communism in Poland” 

 Aleksandar Ignjatovic (University of Belgrade) and Olga Manojlovic Pintar (Institute for Recent History, Belgrade): “Between Nostalgia and Irony: Communism in the Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade” 

 Emilia Salvanou (University of Peloponnese): “Prospects of Communism, dominant anti-Communism and attempts of national reconciliation in Greece” 

 Elena Morenkova (University Paris 2): “Soviet Communism Through Russian Schoolchildren’s Eyes” 

Discussants: Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (University of Lund), Sandrine Lefranc (ISP-CNRS)


Venue: Polish Libray in Paris, 6 Quai d’Orléans, 75004 Paris 

Chair: Michel Dobry (University Paris 1) 

 Eva-Clarita Pettai (University of Tartu): “Baltic ’genocide cases’ and the memory of Communism: comparing the politics of retrospective criminal justice in the Baltic states“ 

 Aleksandra Gliszczynska-Grabias (Polish Academy of Sciences): “Communism equals or versus Nazism? Central and Eastern European unwholesome legacy in the European Court of Human Rights” 

 Raluca Grosescu (University of Exeter): “Transitional Criminal Justice and Master Historical Narratives in Post-Communist Societies: Bulgaria, Germany and Romania in Comparative Perspective” 

 Cécile Vaissié (University Rennes 2): “The “Kononov case”: legal conflicts, memory conflicts, political conflicts / Russia-Latvia-European Union” 

 Andrea Peto (Central European University): “Exceptional court, exceptional analyses? Role of performativity and emotions in constructing memory of post WWII jurisdiction process in Hungary” 

Discussants: Carlos Closa-Montero (CSIC), Guillaume Mouralis (ISP-CNRS)

Friday, May 16th 


Venue: University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, 12 Place du Panthéon, Room 6 

Chair: Ioana Popa (ISP-CNRS)

 Georges Mink (College of Europe and ISP-CNRS): “Is there a new institutional response to the crimes of communism in the post-communist countries? The case of National Memory Offices in Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany” 

 Dubravka Stojanovic (University of Belgrade): “In a broken mirror: Interpretations of Communism in history textbooks of Yugoslavia’s successor states” 

 Máté Zombory (Hungarian Academy of Sciences): “The Memory of the Holocaust as Model for Representing the Communist Past” 

 Anselma Gallinat (Newcastle University): “The local Aufarbeitung (re-working) of the SED-dictatorship: Governing memory to save the future” 

 Krzysztof Kowalski (Jagellonian University): “On the Presence of National lieux de mémoire on the European Heritage List. The Case of the Gdańsk Shipyards” 

Discussants: Anna Zadora (University of Strasbourg), Dorota Dakowska (University of Strasbourg)


Venue: University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, 12 Place du Panthéon, Room 6 

Chair: Pascal Bonnard (CERI)

 Carlos Closa-Montero (CSIC): “Communist crimes and claims for recognition in the EU” 

 Magdalena Góra and Zdzisław Mach (Jagellonian University): “A Polish elites’ struggle for equal recognition of experience of Communism in the European Union” 

 Laure Neumayer (University Paris 1, CESSP and Institut Universitaire de France): « Putting the “crimes of Communism” on the EU Agenda: from political controversy to policy institutionalization?” 

 Zoltan Dujisin (Columbia University): « Post-Communist Europe: On the Path to a Regional Regime of Remembrance? » 

 Vjeran Pavlakovic (University of Rijeka): “EU Narratives and the Specter of Communism in Croatia” 

Discussants: Didier Georgakakis (University Paris 1, CESSP), Antonela Capelle-Pogacean (CERI)

Programme Memory Communism

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