The musealization of mass violence has drastically changed since 1989, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe. New political, social, cultural and scholarly agendas, the possibility to access documents and archives, and to circulate ideas and research through formerly closed borders, has allowed for new ways to document the traumatic past and to launch a common thinking about how to commemorate the past on a European and even worldwide scale.
This calls for methodological and ethical questions about the feasibility and relevance of representing or reconstructing past violence. Musealization may go along with an inexplicit, memorial void, or with the deformation or falsification of history. To understand these new or modified spaces of memory one needs to comprehend the issues at stake, including the interaction of antagonistic experiences.
The workshop, co-organised by the Corpses of mass violence programme and held at the Sorbonne and EHESS Paris, will address these issues on 23-24 May 2014. For further information please see here.