Politics of remembrance

12.05. - 14.05.2016

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12.05. - 14.05.2016


Museumsakademie Joanneum

Meeting point

Warsaw (PL)


250 €, reduced fee 200 € (The participation fee includes transport and entrance fees on site, individual travel. We will reserve a hotel for the participants in advance).

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About the

The Warsaw Rising Museum and the POLIN, the new Katyń Museum or the planned Polish History Museum – Warsaw, like other Polish cities, has experienced a museum boom over the last decade or so. Against the backdrop of a highly politicised discussion on the interpretation of one’s own history, we will take a look at the concepts and offerings of selected institutions. Where do the individual museums find themselves between a national focus on Polish Geschichtskultur (historical culture) and an orientation toward a European perspective? Where can we see conflicting interpretations of history, or a political instrumentalisation of the past through those currently in power? What role does the Second World War, the communist period, the relations between Poles and Jews and finally Europe play in the communication of contemporary history? We will try to draw some initial conclusions on this process of historical self-assurance.


Eleonora Bergmann Historian, Warsaw (PL)

Anna Czarniecka Deputy Director, National Institute of Museums and Public Collections (Narodowy Instytut Muzealnictwa i Ochrony Zbiorów - NIMOZ), Warsaw (PL)

Lukasz Jasina Head of International Co-operation Department, Museum of the History of Poland (Muzeum Historii Polski), Warsaw (PL)

Sebastian Karwat Collection curator and mediator, Katyn Museum (Muzeum Katynskie), Warsaw (PL)

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Programme Manager Permanent Exhibition Development, Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN (Muzeum Historii Zydów Polskich POLIN), Warsaw (PL)

Ewa Klekot Anthropologist and translator, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw (PL)

Karol Mazur Head of the Department of Mediation and Education, Museum of the Warsaw Uprising (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego), Warsaw (PL)

Natalia Romik Senna Kolektyw, Warsaw (PL)

Teresa Smiechowska Head of Art Department, Jewish Historical Institute (Zydowski Instytut Historyczny), Warsaw (PL)

Conception and design

Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek Freelance Curator, Vienna (AT)

Christoph Pietrucha Museumsakademie Joanneum, Graz (AT)