Victims, Memory and Justice

After a Quarter of a Century (1989-2014).

Victims, Memory and Justice

Bucharest, 12-15 November 2014 Howard Johnson Hotel, Calea Dorobanților nr. 5-7

Wednesday, 12 November

09.00-09.30 Registration
09.30-10.00 Opening remarks
10.00-11.30 Inaugural Address followed by discussions
Anna Kaminsky, Director of the Federal Foundation for Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship
11.30-12.00 Coffee Break
12.00-13.30 Session 1. Politics and violence or the cult of power
Chair: Cristian Vasile (The Institute of History “Nicolae Iorga” – Romanian Academy)
Radu Preda, University Babes-Bolyai, Cluj-Napoca/ IICCMER: Sacrifice, Violence and Celebration. Communism as an Atheist Religion.
Ingeborg Gabriel, University of Vienna: Politics and Violence from an Ethical Perspective.

15.00-16.30 Session 2. The victims of communism or the price of “happiness” (I) Chair: Ștefan Bosomitu (IICCMER)
Ion Varta (Academy of Sciences of Moldova): Mass Murders in RASS Moldova during the Great Terror (1937-1938).
Nicolas Werth (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris): Stalinist State Violence : A Reappraisal Twenty Five Years after the Archival Revolution.
Igor Cașu (Moldova State University): The Fate of the Victims of Stalinism in the Moldavian SSR (1953-1991).
16.30-17.00 Coffee Break
17.00-18.30 Session 3. The victims of communism or the price of “happiness” (II) Chair: Virgiliu Țârău (CNSAS)
Bostjan Kolaric (Study Centre for National Reconciliation in Slovenia): The Victims of the Communist Regime on the Territory of Slovenia.
Alin Mureșan (IICCMER): The Pitești Experiment: The Chronicle of an Assisted Suicide.
Cosmin Budeancă (IICCMER): The Prison from Râmnicu Sărat – Part of the Prison System in Communist Romania.

Thursday, 13 November

9.00 Departure from Howard Johnson Hotel
9.30-11.30 Visit at the House of Parliament, Bucharest 15.00-16.30 Visit at the Râmnicu Sărat Prison

Friday, 14 November

9.30-11.30 Session 4. Policies of Memory (I)
Chair: Cosmin Budeancă (IICCMER)
Radu Ciuceanu (The National Institute for the Study of Totalitarianism-Romanian Academy): Memory as a Process of Historical Documentation.
Dragoș Petrescu (The National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives): The Romanian Revolution of 1989: Conflicting Memories and Contradictory Truths.
Dinu Zamfirescu (IICCMER): The activity of IICCMER.
11.30-12.00 Coffee Break
12.00-13.30 Session 5. Policies of Memory (II)
Chair: Alina Pavelescu (Romanian National Archives – ANR)
Ana Blandiana (Civic Academy): A Memorial between Two Europes.
Cristian Vasile (The Institute of History “Nicolae Iorga”- Romanian Academy): The Presidential Commission for the Analysis of the Communist Dictatorship: Memory and Transitional Justice.
Łukasz Kamiński (Institute of National Remembrance, Poland): Polish Ways of Dealing with the Communist Past.
15.00-16.30 Session 6. A Trial of Communism? (I)
Chair: Igor Cașu (Moldova State University)
Göran Lindblad (Platform of European Memory and Conscience, Czech Republic): The Condemnation of Communism and the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council.
Joachim Perels (Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany): Transition in post-Nazi Germany.

16.30-17.00 Coffee Break
17.00-18.30 Session 7. The Trial of Communism? (II)
Chair: Octavian Roske (The National Institute for the study of Totalitarianism-Romanian Academy)
Maria Schmidt (House of Terror Museum, Hungary): (title TBC)
Sergiu Musteață (“Ion Creangă” State University of Moldova): Condemning Communism in the Republic of Moldavia: the Truth Commission and its Impact on Society.

Saturday, 15 November

9.30-11.30 Session 8: The Lessons of Communism Chair: Alin Mureșan (IICCMER)
Christoph Goos (University of Bonn, Germany): Human Dignity as a Lesson of Totalitarianism in the XXth Century.
Matei Cazacu (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris): The Romanian Exile and Diaspora in the Communist Era.
Daniel Barbu (University of Bucharest): Narrative and Character. Once more on the Post-communist Anticommunism.
11.30-12.00 Coffee Break
12.00-13.30 Conclusions

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