Shifting Maps and Moving Targets: Politics, Memory and Democratization after 1945
Des cartes en transformation, des cibles en mouvement: politique, mémoire et démocratisation après 1945
Hărţi în transformare şi ţinte în mişcare: Politică, memorie şi democratizare după 1945


Online registration deadline

20 / 04 / 2015

This section accepts proposals exclusively in English.

The aftermath of the Second World War opened the doors of a new process of democratization that involved a new type of politics of memory with a determining role in shaping new political identities. The events, institutions and agents that determined the dynamic of the decision making process in various societies looks like “a labyrinth with one entrance and numerous exits.” Covering more than 70 years of political and cultural history, this section aims to address the difficulties generated within several European, the Israeli, and the North American societies by the long process of coming to terms with the (traumatic) recent past, shaping new identities and consolidating democracy. Proposals may address the above issues from a broad range of political, cultural, religious, social, and economic perspectives. Among the themes to be addressed are: the processes of nation-building and national revolution; institutionalization and conventionalization; crises; majority, minorities and elite groups in Israeli society and the Jewish people; political, religious and cultural leadership. Potential panels might include but should not be restricted to the resurgence of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in Central and Eastern Europe after the EU integration; religion, politics and political religions in the Middle East; Israel: Jewish and /or democratic state; the shaping of memory and identity; conflict, discourse and perceptions in Israel; security dilemmas and decision-making processes at the turn of the century.