Workshop – From Patriotic Memory to a Universalistic Narrative | Oslo, March 2013

Ich möchte auf einen Workshop hinweisen, an dem ich persönlich beteiligt bin. Hier die offizielle Ankündigung: 

From Patriotic Memory to a Universalistic Narrative. Shifts in Norwegian Memory Culture after 1945 
in Comparative Perspective, Oslo, March 2013

On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January 2012, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg publicly apologized for the participation of Norwegians in the mass murder of European Jews during the Second World War. However, without relating it to the fascist Nasjonal Samling (NS). At the same time, he praised those citizens who had abstained from participation in the deportation of Jews or even opposed the Holocaust in Norway in the Second World War.

This statement has been a landmark in the turn to a self-critical memory. It is based on universalistic notions of human rights that have also emerged in other West European countries. It contrasts to a more patriotic memory that had highlighted military sabotage and the civic resistance against the German occupiers and their collaborators of the NS from 1940 to 1945. This narrative that had shaped public memory in Norway in the first three decades after the Second World War had been strongly tied to the appreciation of Norwegian democracy. Although the patriotic narrative had started to erode from the 1980s onwards, the recent shift to a universalistic memory that is based on more general notions of human rights and the commemoration of the Holocaust has been a major shift in Norway’s memorial culture.

The workshop focuses on these developments of Norwegian memory culture. Particular attention will be paid to the comparative perspective as well as to transnational relations between Norway and its European partners, in particular the Netherlands and Denmark.

The workshop will take place at HL-Senteret Oslo on 15 and 16 March 2013. The conference language is English. If interested, please register beforehand via e-mail to Ann Elisabeth Mellbye (a.e.l.mellbye[ät]hlsenteret.no) until 8 March 2013. The number of participants is limited. The participation fee is 200 NOK and will cover the guided tour, coffee/ tea and lunch on Saturday. The fee will be paid at the registration desk on arrival. If you need further information, please contact Øystein Hetland (oystein.hetland[ät]hlsenteret.no) or Robert Zimmermann (robert.zimmermann[ät]fu-berlin.de).

The Workshop is supported by Stipendienfomds E.ON Ruhrgas im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft

Programme:

FRIDAY, 15 MARCH 2013

From 11:00 | Registration

11:30 – 12:30 | Guided Tour of the Exhibition of HL-Senteret

12:30 – 13:00 | Welcome & Introduction – Odd-Bjørn Fure, Oslo; Arnd Bauerkämper, Berlin; Guri Hjeltnes, Oslo

Welcome Address – Historical Research and the Impact of Academic Cooperation. How Norwegian Historians Developed a Transnational Perspective on their History – Steffen Bruendel, Essen

13:00 – 13:50 | PANEL I – The Evolving Meaning of Norwegian Patriotism

Societal Processes – Changing Constellations of Memories. The Case of Norway in Comparative Perspective – Odd-Bjørn Fure, Oslo

13:50 – 14:00 | Break

14:00 – 15:40 | PANEL II – Developments in Postwar Memory Culture in Norway and in the Netherlands

Beyond Resistance versus Collobaration: The Twisted Road to a Universalistic Narrative in Norway – Arnd Bauerkämper, Berlin

Competing Memories. Myth, Conflicts and Taboos in Dutch Memory Culture after 1945 – Tobias Temming, Münster

15:40 – 16:00 | Coffee

16:00 – 18:00 | PANEL III – Towards a Universalistic Narrative and the Role of the Holocaust in Norway

The Holocaust and the Question of Guilt in the Norwegian Historical Culture – Jon Reitan, Falstad 

Linking Holocaust Education to Human Rights Education – a Symptom of the Universalization and De-Nationalization of Memory Culture in Norway? – Claudia Lenz, Oslo

 

SATURDAY, 16 MARCH 2013

09:00 – 12:00 | PANEL IV – The Changing Narratives in Action – Education & Representations

From Captivity into the Classroom – Educational Initiatives of Prisoner Associations in Denmark and Norway since 1945 –  Robert Zimmermann, Berlin

The Representation of the Second World War and the Holocaust in the Norwegian Museum Culture – Doreen Reinhold, Berlin

Between “the Particular” and “the Universal” – the Dynamics in Dutch Memory Culture in Comparative Perspective – Ilse Raaijmakers, Maastricht

12:00 – 13:00 | Lunch

13:00 – 15:40 | PANEL V – Changing Perspectives on Marginal Groups in Postwar Norway

In Command of History? Historians, Memory Culture and German War Crimes in Norway – Gunnar D. Hatlehol, Trondheim

From Taboo to Compensation: How Children of Norwegian Women and German Soldiers Were Treated in Postwar Norway – Susanne Maerz, Freiburg

Norwegian Volunteers in the Waffen-SS and their Commemoration of the Second World War after 1945 – Sigurd Sørlie, Oslo

15:40 – 16:00 | Coffee 

16:00 – 17:00 | Final Panel Discussion

 

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