International Conference The Politics of Memory as a Weapon: Perspectives on Russia’s War against Ukraine. Call for Papers (until 20 Oct 22)
Call for papers (until 2022-10-22)
International conference The Politics of Memory as a Weapon: Perspectives on Russia’s War against Ukraine
Date: 8-10 February 2023
Conference languages: English and partly German
European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS, Warsaw)
Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe (Oldenburg)
in collaboration with
the Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation (Berlin)
Documentation Centre for Displacement, Expulsion, Reconciliation in Berlin
The instrumentalization of history and culture in order to achieve political aims has a long history. For many years now, Vladimir Putin and the Russian authorities have been advancing falsified historical narratives and highly fictional historical and/or cultural arguments as geopolitical weapons. During his long-drawn-out preparations for military aggression, his attempts to legitimise the military invasion of Ukraine – which contravenes international law – have been particularly blatant, as have the concomitant propaganda and the justifications put forward for further escalation.
This conference aims to examine the mechanisms and methods used in the political and social implementation of historical disinformation, the portrayal of the enemy, and discuss ways in which these can be prevented or mitigated.