Collective memory as a theoretical and research concept

Collective memory as a theoretical and research concept

Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University

Leading representatives of the research teams : Doc. PhDr. Jiří Vykoukal, CSc., PhDr. Kateřina Králová, Ph.D.

Contacts : Jiří Vykoukal ( ), Kateřina Králová ( )

Research focuses on the issue of collective memory in its socio‑cultural, political and historical context in the 20th century with respect to the development in North America, Europe and Eurasia. Multidisciplinary study of the topic refers to memory of dictatorships and totalitarian regimes, traumatizing experience of post-conflict societies, the phenomenon of historical policy, usage of memory and post-memory in the soft-power agenda, and the role of memory in visual arts and education. Since 2017 collective memory has also become the main research topic of the PRIMUS team working on the project Beyond Hegemonic Narratives and Myths. Troubled Pasts in the History and Memory of East-Central & South-East Europe. Collective memory issues is also included in the agenda of the regular Summer Seminar on Nationalism, Religion and Violence organized by Charles University in Prague and Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.

Selected outputs

  • ASAVEI, Maria Alina. Nicolae Ceausescu: between Vernacular Memory and Nostalgia. Twentieth Century Communism, A Journal of International History, 2016, (11), 27-42. ISSN 1758-6437.

  • ASAVEI, Maria Alina - KOCIÁN, Jiří. Gendered Histories/Memories of Labour in (Post-) Communist Romania and Former Czechoslovakia Illuminated through Artistic Production. Analize, Journal of Gender and Feminist Studies [online], 2017, 8 (22), 9-37. ISSN 2344-2352.

  • BAUER, Paul. Migration forcées d'après-guerre et héritage culturel: les musées des Allemands sudètes. In: BECHTEL, Delphine - JURGENSON, Luba. Muséographie des violences en Europe centrale et ex-URSS. 1 vyd. Paris: Éditions Kimé, 2016, Mémoire en jeu, s. 191-210. ISBN 978-2-84174-767-2.

  • KRÁLOVÁ, Kateřina. 'Being traitors': post-war Greece in the experience of Jewish partisans. Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, 2017, 17 (2), 263-280. ISSN 1468-3857. DOI 10.1080/14683857.2017.1324277.

  • KUNŠTÁT, Miroslav - KAISEROVÁ, Kristina. The Collegium Bohemicum in Ústí nad Labem, the Sudeten German Museum in Munich. Which Collective Memories should be Preserved, Promoted, and Passed On?, Revue d'Etudes Comparatives Est-Ouest, 2016, 47 (1-2), 91-111. ISSN 0338-0599. DOI 10.4074/S0338059916001042.

  • ŠMIDRKAL, Václav. They shall-or shall not-pass?: Communist state borders in the Czech culture of remembrance after 1989. East European Politics and Societies, 2017, 31 (2), 251-268. ISSN 0888-3254. DOI 10.1177/0888325416679693.

  • ZELENÁ, Alena (2015). Die Bewegung in der Migrationsliteratur am Beispiel von Ilma Rakusas Erinnerungsbuch Mehr Meer. In: Bernd Neumann/ej Talarczyk, Andrzej (ed.): „Nicht von hier und doch nicht fremd“. Autobiographisches Schreiben über die Herkunft us einem anderen Land. Ein polnisch – deutsch – norwegiches Symposium. Aachen, S. 97 – 114.

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