Assassins of Memory
Political and legal problems of uncovering,
whitewashing and rewriting history
November 19, 2021
Polish Academy of Sciences
Scientific Centre in Vienna
Recording from the 2020 Conference
Part of the Law
and Memory Project
About the conference
Assassins of memory – political and legal problems of uncovering, whitewashing and rewriting history is part of the Law and Memory project, dealing with topics related to juridification, politics of memory and historical revisionism.
The conference will provide political and legal input to the discussion of politics of history and the broader aspect of memory as an essential part of political strategic planning. The problematic aspects of individual countries’ history and the politicians’ approach to using them in public discussion are part of a particularly heated debate in contemporary Europe, where facts have to face their public reinterpretation. These practices may influence the perception of history both positively (as preserving certain inviolable facts) and negatively (whitening the history, rewriting it, highlighting only selected elements). The issue of the transitional justice will be at the center of the discussion. The conference will result with a post-conference publication.
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“We want ourselves to be seen and to have been seen as we are; and we want just as much to veil ourselves and remain unknown, for behind every determination of our being lies dormant the unspoken possibility of being different.”
― Helmuth Plessner, Grenzen der Gemeinschaft