School vs. Memory

School vs. Memory?

Conflict, Identity, Coexistence (Central Europe)
Prague, 10–11 October 2014

Program Committee

Chairman of the Program Committee

Chairman of the Program Committee – Prof. Dr. Manfred Weinberg
Prof. Dr. Manfred Weinberg
Studied German philology, biology, philosophy and educational sciences at the University of Bonn. Finished doctoral study there in 1992; habilitation in 2001 at the University of Konstanz. Professor of modern German literature and Deputy Head of the Department of Germanic Studies at the Charles University in Prague, Charles University.

Other members of the Program Committee

Robert J. Parkes
Robert ParkesDr. Robert Parkes is Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle; among other activities, he is convenor of the HERMES Historical Cultures & History Education Research Group and Founding Editor of Historical Encounters: A Journal of Historical Consciousness, Historical Culture & History Education. His scholarly interests and contributions are located within the field of Curriculum & Pedagogy studies (with a particular focus on History, Humanities, and Social Science Education), and draws upon historical and philosophical methodologies from both Anglophone and Continental traditions.

Sirkka Ahonen
Sirkka AhonenSirkka Ahonen is Professor Emerita of History and Social Sciences Education at the University of Helsinki, and has also worked as a history teacher in Britain and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has published books on post-communist history curricula in Central and Eastern Europe, on the formation of historical identity among young adults and on the political pursuit of equal opportunity in education in the Nordic countries. Her latest monograph is Coming to Terms with a Dark Past: How Post-Conflict Societies Deal with History.

Peter Seixas
Peter SeixasDr. Peter Seixas is a Professor at the University of British Columbia (Faculty of Education) and the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness. Dr. Seixas’ research explores young people’s historical consciousness, the relationship between disciplinary and extra-disciplinary approaches to thinking about the past, and the education and professional development of history teachers.

Patrick Hutton
Patrick HuttonProf. Patrick Hutton is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Vermont. He focuses on modern European intellectual history, including such topics as the French revolutionary tradition, mass politics in modern France and modern uses of the art of memory. His current research project concerns the phenomenon of memory in contemporary historiography.

Bernhard Giesen
Bernhard GiesenProf. Dr. Bernhard Giesen is professor emeritus at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He focuses on Macrosociology and Cultural Sociology. Between his works we can name Social Performance. Symbolic Action, Cultural Pragmatics and Ritual (2006) or Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity (2004).

Felicitas Macgilchrist
Felicitas MacgilchristDr. Felicitas Macgilchrist is Research Fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Braunschweig, Germany, where she is Deputy Head of the Textbooks as Media Department. She is project leader of the Memory Practices research group, which explores how cultural memory is enacted and contested in contemporary history education. Further research interests include textbook production, educational governance, ethnography and post-structuralist discourse theory.

Irena Carpentier Reifová
Irena Carpentier ReifováPhDr. Irena Carpentier Reifová, Ph.D. is a Researcher at the Department of Media Studies and and the Center for Media Studies at Charles University in Prague. Her teaching activities include critical theories of media, cultural studies, theories of popular culture, audience theories and media construction of reality. 
Her research projects focus on television formats and pop culture, particularly Czechoslovak and Czech TV series from the years 1959–1989 and post-1990 Czech production.

Vojtěch Ripka
Vojtěch RipkaVojtěch Ripka, Ph.D. is Head of the Education Group at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian regimes. He studied political science and comparative social policy at Masaryk University in Brno and at the University of Oxford. His research interests include comparative social policy in state socialism and post-socialist societies, youth policy and methodology of social science. He serves as secretary (and as a member) of the Program Committee.

Kamil Činátl
Kamil ČinátlDr. Kamil Činátl is a Researcher at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. He focuses on the didactics of modern history and ideologies in literature and cinematography. He also works at the Institute of Czech History (Faculty of Arts, Charles University).

Jan Randák
Jan RandákDr. Jan Randák is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Czech History (Faculty of Arts, Charles University). His research is focused on modern Czech history (19th and 20th century), with an accent on the period when the Czech nation was shaped during the first half of the 19th century; the 1848–1849 period in the Czech lands; the Stalinist period; and historical and national myths of the Czech society of the 19th century.

Miroslav Michela
Miroslav MichelaDr. Miroslav Michela is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Czech History (Faculty of Arts, Charles University) and a researcher at the Institute of History of SAS in Bratislava. He is a co-founder of the internet journal Forum Historiae. His research is focused on modern Central European history, primarily of the 20th century, nationalism and politics of memory.