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The ultimate fall of grand universal narratives has brought back organic concepts of nations and ethnicities as dominant answers to crises (financial, demographic, military, populist, and migration). The decisive turn towards a nation, as opposed to an international union of various countries, in Europe is perceived as a solution to discords related to values, identities, migrants, global capital and the escalation of armed conflicts.

 

 

 

 Discourses of Historical Education

 

Conference

September
18-20 2017

Warsaw

 

The ultimate fall of grand universal narratives has brought back organic concepts of nations and ethnicities as dominant answers to crises (financial, demographic, military, populist, and migration). The decisive turn towards a nation, as opposed to an international union of various countries, in Europe is perceived as a solution to discords related to values, identities, migrants, global capital and the escalation of armed conflicts.

Visions of Nation in School History Textbooks

It was on the backdrop of the political and social tendencies mentioned above that we commenced our research project, titled ‘Visions of nation in school history textbooks – comparative anthropological interpretation’, funded by the National Science Centre research program MAESTRO (no. 2012/06/A/HS3/00266). The goal of the project is to identify, analyze and present contemporary forms of national identity that have been imparted to millions of citizens throughout the Polish system of education since 1989. However, the identities constructed in the process of secondary socialization are not confined to school grounds only. They function in a broader social context, intertwining with other cultural artefacts, practices and notions that relate to the issues of collective memory and identity, as well as others.

Thus, the general purpose of our research is to recreate the intricate array of conceptions, prejudices and stereotypes (both positive and negative) surrounding the notions of nation, identity and nationalism, as well as to reconstruct the auto-descriptive mechanisms and their preconditions in contemporary Poland.

Call for Papers

During the conference we would like to supplement our investigation with a comparative perspective, both synchronic (from different regions, countries and cultures) and diachronic (historical development and future prospects). Therefore, we invite contributions from various perspectives and different disciplines of humanities, including culture studies, sociology, history, philosophy, political sciences, linguistic studies, visual arts, education studies, and other relevant fields of research. We would very much welcome diverse papers pertaining to the main theme of the conference – Discourses of Historical Education – set within the contexts of (but not limited to) the contemporary obsession with memory and its urgent critique; for example:

  • the central role of historical education (both in schools and outside of the education system) in shaping of collective identities
  • the political use and abuse of history
  • the role of film, new media, popular culture and other vehicles employed by identity-shaping ideologies, in historical education.

Research Fields

During our inquiries (both quantitative and qualitative) we have distinguished several research fields that are of particular significance to these issues – they revolve around such notions as nation and nationalism, social class, gender, ethnicity, local vs. global, religion, migration, capitalism and the economy, populism, militarism, political history vs. history of culture, ideology, collective memory and identity, heroes vs. traitors, state propaganda, commemorative practices, retrospective temporal orientation, heritage, trauma, sites of memory, memory conflicts, vehicles and media of memory, and political transformation. This list is not complete by any means. We would welcome contributions exploring one or a few of these categories, in the context of discourses of historical education, as well as others.

Important dates

  • July 1, 2017 - Titles and abstract submission deadline
  • August 1, 2017 – Paper acceptance decision
  • Participation in the conference is FREE – number of places is limited.
  • Organizers cover the cost of catering and the publication of the conference proceedings in the form of a special issue of an academic journal chosen by the organizing committee.
  • The organizing committee can assist in finding a suitable accommodation.

Please send the proposed titles and abstracts of your conference addresses (no more than 300 words) to historydiscourses@gmail.com.

Language of the conference: English.

Organizers

Conference Organizer

  • Chair of Cultural Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Co-organizers

  • Institute of Slavic Studies Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Institute of Polish Culture, Department of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw
  • Department of Political Sciences and International Studies, Nicolaus Copernicus University

The conference is supported by the National Science Centre [grant number UMO-2012/06/A/HS3/00266].

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Organizing Committee

  • Professor Wojciech Burszta (SWPS University)

  • Associate Professor Krzysztof Jaskułowski (SWPS University)

  • Assisstant Professor Piotr Majewski (SWPS University)

  • Paweł Dobrosielski, Ph.D. (Institute of Polish Culture - University of Warsaw)

  • Marcin Lisiecki, Ph.D. (Nicolaus Copernicus University)

  • Michał Rauszer, Ph.D. (Institute of Slavic Studies Polish Academy of Sciences)

  • Katarzyna Majbroda, Ph.D. (University of Wrocław)

Venue

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Chodakowska 19/31, 03-815 Warsaw, Poland

Contact

e-mail: historydiscourses@gmail.com

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