My PhD project: Reconsidering forgetting: remembrance and memory praxis in Romania specifically is an investigation into the historical narratives concerning the communist legacy, selective and competing remembrances and micro-level practices which reformulate received notions of sovereignty, identity and national identifications after 2000, as an indicative case study of contemporary Eastern Europe (main promoter prof. Rob van der Laarse, AHM, co- promoter dr. Matthijs Lok, European Studies). Specifically, I investigate the manner in which notions of Europeanization have translated to remembrance praxis and political culture and have recently produced notable changes in languages of memory. Several of these issues mobilize and provide an entryway into structural recurrences in Eastern European memory cultures today: asymmetries of visibility and representation between the Shoah and communist repressions in the area, transnational narratives of memory that transform and often eschew the embeddedness of local concerns, cosmopolitan and ethnic appropriations and notions of“heritage” and implications of anti-communist narratives of the past for recalibrations of nationalism and state biographies.
Negotiating memory canons: political violence and representation. Re-inventing Eastern Europe, 4th edition, Krakow, April 2015.
Constitutional patriotism, anti-communism and memory culture. Phantom Borders Summer School, Humboldt Universitat, Berlin, September 2015
"Wounded Attachments" and Memory Making in Eastern Europe. Identities and Identifications: Politicized Uses of Collective Identities, Venice, March 2016
Sighet: Competing memories and transnational remembrance. Places of Amnesia: Interdisciplinary perspectives on forgotten pasts, University of Cambridge (UK), April 2016
Unsettling liminality – memory and “uneven citizenship” in Eastern Europe. Association for the Study of Nationalities Convention, 21st edition, Columbia University, New York, April 2016
Anticommunism and memory in Eastern Europe 23rd International Conference of Europeanists, Philadelphia, PA, April 2016
Institution and inclination in the post-socialist space: genocide as “structural” language. Trauma as cultural palimpsests, University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, June 2016