Annonce de colloque – “History, Memory and European Identity” (Maastricht, 5-6 juin 2014)

 History, Memory and European Identity – Maastricht

Dr. Aline Sierp, Maastricht University; Dr. Eugen Pfister, Universität
05.06.2014-06.06.2014, Maastricht, Maastricht University, Faculty of
Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) , Grote Gracht 80-82

The 10th annual conference of the History of European Integration
Research Society (HEIRS) will take place at Maastricht University (NL)
from 5-6 June 2014. Twenty-five scholars and practitioners will come
together to contribute to on-going debates on cultural and political
identity in Europe. They will investigate efforts made by different
political and social actors since the 1950s to generate a sense of
belonging to the European Union.

Attempts to generate a European cultural or political identity are
almost as old as the European integration project itself. Official
identity politics on the other hand are a fairly new phenomenon. Despite
the fact that social scientists have invested considerable efforts in
trying to analyse the latter, historical approaches are still
underrepresented. This conference aims at understanding the on-going
debates on cultural and political identity. It will investigate efforts
made by different political and social actors since the 1950s to
generate a sense of belonging to the European Union. Main questions to
be addressed during the conference are: How did early attempts of
fostering a European identity look like? Who were the actors and agents?
Is a common identity dependent on the actions of classical political
actors? Which elements of European history have been harnessed in order
to provide a basis for a common identity?

Conference Website/Programme:

The conference is open to all interested, however registration is
required. To register please send an e-mail to

Thursday, 05 June 2014

13.30-14.30: Registration

14.30-15.00: Welcome address: Aline Sierp (Maastricht University) and
Eugen Pfister (Universität Wien), Conference Organizers (GG80-82 1.003)

15.00-17.00: Panel 1 (GG80-82 1.003) & Panel 2 (GG80-82 0.035)

Panel 1: Memories of Human Rights Violations
Discussant: Kiran Patel (Maastricht University)

Arnd Bauerkämper (Freie Universität Berlin)
The experience of the Holocaust and the European Convention on Human

Dovid Katz (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Freedom of European Thought, History of the Holocaust, and Current
State-Sponsored Efforts at (an Orwellian) “Reconciliation of Histories”

Katja Wezel (University of Pittsburgh)
The European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Stalinism and Nazism –
Eastern European Perceptions and the Quest for a Common European Memory

Panel 2: Memory, Identity and Culture
Discussant: Wolfram Kaiser (University of Portsmouth)

Jaap Verheul (New York University)
Merry Christmas: European Film Policy and the Politics of Remembering
the First World War

Karina Oborune (University of Latvia)
Becoming more EUropean or European after ERASMUS?

Monica-Ioana Balan (University of Bucharest)
Between Orient and Occident: Romania’s Endeavour to Assert its European
Identity as Portrayed in the Journal “Ideea Europeana” (“The European
Idea”), 1919-1928

17.00-18.30: Film: Abenteuer Europa (Adventure Europe) (GG80-82 1.003)
Introduction by Gabriele Clemens (Universität Hamburg)

19.00  : Dinner

Friday, 06 June 2014

9.00-10.00: Keynote Lecture 2: Heidemarie Uhl (Österreichische Akademie
der Wissenschaften) (GG80-82 1.003)
Chair: Eugen Pfister (Universität Wien)

10.00-12.00: Panel 3 (GG80-82 1.003) & Panel 4 (GG80-82 0.035)

Panel 3: A European Memory?
Discussant: Oriane Calligaro (Maastricht University)

Sonja Dinter (Universität Kassel)
The remembrance of colonial slavery: Between national, transatlantic and
European realms of memory

Inna Siutkina (Udmurt State University)
From a national to a European memory through the dialogical remembering

Gregor Feindt (Leibniz Institute for European History, Mainz)
Towards Impartial Memory? Europe as Arbitrator in Remembering Mass

Panel 4: Identity Constructions in Post-War Europe
Discussant: Sebastian Büttner (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Quincy R. Cloet (College of Europe, Natolin)
Mapping the Interwar European Debate: The European Movement and the
Shape of a Common Identity (1918-1939)

Matias Gardin (University of Luxembourg)
Patriotism contained: reflections on European identity, education and
citizenship in Luxembourg from 1914 to 1918

Mathias Schütz (Universität Hamburg)
Preparing Memory: European Unification Movements and the “German
Problem”, 1946-1952

12.00-13.00: Lunch

13.00-14.00: Keynote Lecture 3: Pavel Tychtl (European Commission)
(GG80-82 1.003)
Chair: Aline Sierp (Maastricht University)

14.00-16.00: Panel 5 (GG80-82 1.003) & Panel 6 (GG80-82 0.035)

Panel 5: Memories of Expulsion and Deportation
Discussant: Oliver Plessow (Universität Kassel)

Alfons Aragoneses (University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona)
The hiding of the deportation of Spaniards to the Nazi camps and the lack of a European antifascist memory in Spain

Steven B. Davis (Universität Oldenburg)
Tales of Expulsion in Middle Europe: Expellees, the Czech Undeground and the Rewriting of Expulsion Morality, 1970-1989

Markus Stadtrecher (Universität Augsburg)
Fighting for Europe – Fighting for “Heimat”

Panel 6: Heritage and Identity
Discussant: Eleonora Narvselius (Lund University)

Heli Meistersohn ( Universität Leipzig)
European Capitals of Culture and the Trouble with their “European
Dimension”. The Case of the “Stories of the Seashore” of Tallinn 2011

Elsa Duval (Leibniz Institute for European History, Mainz)
Constructing a European Heritage in a Global World? The Aachen Cathedral
Site and the beginnings of the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Timo Saalmann (Bamberg)
European Rivers. Exhibitions and identity modeling since the 1990s

16.00-16.30: Coffee

16.30-18.30: Panel 7 (GG80-82 1.003) & Panel 8 (GG80-82 0.035)

Panel 7: Nationalism vs Europeanism
Discussant: Christian Salm (University of Portsmouth)
Emilian Colceru-Mihul (University of Bucharest)
From National to European History in Romanian Schools

Anne Dippel (Humboldt Universität Berlin)
The Adventure of “thinking European” in the Austrian Nation State

Hanco Jürgens (Duitslandinstituut Amsterdam)
The Social Market Economy and the Poldermodel: national competences, transnational debates and European responsibilities.

Panel 8: Memory, Identity and Religion
Discussant: Amanda Kluveld (Maastricht University)

Anya Topolski (University of Leuven)
A Genealogy of the ‘Judeo-Christian’ Signifier: A Tale of Europe’s
identity Crisis

Gustavo Alares (European University Institute)
Charles the Emperor (1958). The Nostalgia for a united Catholic Europe

Ursula Pekala (Leibniz Institute for European History, Mainz)
The Impact of Identity and Memory on the Reconciliation after the Second World War as exemplified by Catholic Church in Germany, France and Poland

18.30-19.00: Closing address: Aline Sierp (Maastricht University) and Eugen Pfister (Universität Wien), Conference Organizers (GG80-82 1.003)

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Postdoc Axe 5 (2014, 16 mai). Annonce de colloque – “History, Memory and European Identity” (Maastricht, 5-6 juin 2014). L'Europe des guerres et des traces de guerre. Consulté le 21 février 2024, à l’adresse

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