Assassins of Memory
political and legal problems of uncovering,
whitewashing and rewriting history
November 19, 2021
Polish Academy of Sciences
Scientific Centre in Vienna
Assassins of memory – political and legal problems of uncovering, whitewashing and rewriting history the 7th international conference after well-established series of historical conferences: the previous ones took place in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020. Each year the conference has a different leading topic. In 2021, the main theme will be transnational justice.
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. The perception of history may be influenced by both the mental dimension – as an element of political discourse, and the legal dimension – as changes in law consolidating certain officially recognized states. 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 in a post-conference publication.
Polish Academy of Sciences Scientific Centre in Vienna
Main tasks of the Scientific Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Vienna are the promotion of Polish sciences in Austria and the support their further development. Moreover it helps in establishing cooperation projects between Polish and Austrian research institutions by organizing scientific and popular lectures, exhibitions, conferences and symposia with the participation of scientists from Poland, Austria and other countries, from the social sciences over humanities to natural sciences.