Research seminar: Remembering Despite Efforts to Forget – University of Copenhagen

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Research seminar: Remembering Despite Efforts to Forget

CRIC invites to the research seminar “Remembering Despite Efforts to Forget: how young people have current experiences with conflicts of the past” with Line Kikkenborg Christensen who is PhD fellow at CRIC and Political Science at Aalborg University in Copenhagen.

The research seminar will revolve around Line’s paper that discusses how ‘remembering’ takes place, despite efforts to forget, in societies with unresolved and ignored conflicts.

Registration
Please register at cric@cric.ku.dk no later than Thursday September 25th 2014. The paper will be sent to you when you have registered.

About research seminars
The research seminar is a forum for academic debate, organized around the paper and is conducted on the assumption that the paper has been read by participants.

The paper
Memory in all its forms has implications for conflict in society. Collective memory is especially interesting, since it represents a crucial reservoir for identity dynamics. Mutually exclusive narratives can live parallel lives in societies and remembering can aggravate conflicts. Inclusive narratives, on the other hand, may secure tolerance and cooperation, and has the potential of improving democratic institutions by allowing us to reflect on past experiences. Thus, understanding the dynamics of remembering is central for forming strategies of intervention and democratization. This paper discusses how ‘remembering’ takes place, despite efforts to forget, in societies with unresolved and ignored conflicts. The focus is on how ‘youth’ deal with memories and experiences that are in opposition to national narratives.

Time and place
The seminar will be held in CRIC’s meeting room (25.0.01), Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, September 29th 2014 from 13.30 to 15.00.