Sunday, 2 October 2011

Workshop on 1956 and Memory - 7 October

“1956-es” – Resistance and Memories in the Eastern Bloc

Trinity College Dublin, Long Room Hub, 7 October 12.15-16.30

This one-day workshop aims to provide a forum for a comparative assessment of resistance movements in the Eastern bloc in 1956. Focusing mostly on the Polish and Hungarian events, the workshop will address the significance of popular discontent (a nascent civil society?) in challenging the authority of the Party and the State, and in gradually eroding the communist system. The workshop is organized on the 55th anniversary of the events of 1956 and thus the issue of the legacy of 1956 will also be addressed. The multiplication of diverse historical and political interpretations, the fragmentation of the ‘idea of ’56’, and the emergence of 1956-es in the collective consciousness of the respective societies will be in the limelight of discussions at the workshop.

12.15-12.30 Introduction
12.30-13.00 Clemens Ruthner (TCD), Contested memories in Central and Eastern Europe – A brief introduction
13.00-13.30 Kevin McDermott (Sheffield Hallam University), Resistance and Conformity in Stalinist Czechoslovakia
13.30-14.00 Gábor Gyáni (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Eötvös Loránd University), New approaches to the '56 Revolution in today's Hungarian historical scholarship
14.00-14.30 Coffee break
14.30-15.00 Ewa Stanczyk (TCD), Commemorating Poznan ‘56
15.00-15.30 András Mink (Open Society Archives, Central European University, Budapest), Meanings of an uprising: The changing images of 1956 in Hungary
15.30-15.50 Leila Hadj-Abdou (European University Institute, Florence), Collective memory and contemporary debates about immigrants in Austria. Does 1956 matter? (Discussion input)
15.50-16.20 General discussion 

The workshop is organised by the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies (TCD) and the Irish Association for Russian and East European Studies

For further information email Balazs Apor at

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