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CONF./CFP- Performing History from 1945 to the Present, Kaunas, Lithuania, Oct. 21-23

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CONF./CFP- Performing History from 1945 to the Present, Lithuania, Oct. 21-23

Posted by: Linara Dovydaityte <>

International Conference

The Past is Still to Change:
Performing History from 1945 to the Present

Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Humanities
Vytautas Magnus University
Kaunas, Lithuania
October 21-23, 2009

The conference is focused upon an important issue for contemporary
society - that of interpreting the past and writing its history. The
subject of the conference refers to critical historiography, proposing
that history is not a stable body of fact(s) but a shifting range of
meanings produced by different cultural, social and political
practices (such as rituals of public memory, historical re-enactments,
museums, memorials et al.) and that the general images of the past are
substantially affected by art (literature, visual arts, theatre, film,
performance). The conference will open a discussion concerning the
performative means of (re)constructing the past, going beyond a
passive interpretation of historical texts, activating a participation
in the "performing" of history. The act of performing history also
describes history as an academic discipline which is involved in
(re)construction and (re)interpretation of the past. Consequently the
conference will discuss the problems of research and evaluation of the
past as it is faced by researchers of the legacy of the Cold War,
especially in the countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltic region.

One of the major aims of the conference is to discuss these problems
on an interdisciplinary basis, to reveal the complex multidimensional
significance of the concept of performing history. Contributions are
invited from different fields and disciplines - history, political
science, social sciences, culture studies, literary research, theatre
studies and visual art studies - both concerned with the past and the
forms of remembering the past in contemporary society. Suggested
topics include:

* Re-enacting the past: performance as interpretation of history
* Performing political action: public events and civic rituals
* Historical event/theatrical event: parallels, contexts, and methods
* Theatre of history: witnessing, spectatorship, participation
* Personal memory/collective identities
* (Re)mapping the past: site-specific practices and places of memory
* Mediated memory: readings of historical resources
* Aesthetics and theatricality of political regime(s)
* Carnival of history: memory and mass culture

Presentations of the conference will be limited to 20 minutes.
Registration form containing abstract (up to 400 words) should be sent
to the address below by March 31, 2009. Accepted papers will be
notified by April 21, 2009. Conference fee: 50 EUR (it covers
conference materials, coffee breaks and opening dinner). You may
address the organizing committee for a conference fee waiver. Selected
papers of the conference will be considered for publishing in the
peer-reviewed journal.

Conference Board Academic Committee:

Prof. Svetlana Boym (Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Prof. Leonidas Donskis (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas)
Prof. Boris Groys (New York University)
Prof. Padraic Kenney (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Prof. Freddie Rokem (Tel Aviv University)

Organizing Committee:

Assoc. prof. Edgaras Klivis (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas)
Assoc. prof. Jurgita Staniskyte (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas)
Dr. Linara Dovydaityte (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas)
Dr. Ruta Mazeikiene (Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas)


Contact the organizers for details on submitting your proposal for the

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