The Politics and Poetics of Evidence. The Soviet Documentation of Nazi Crimes, the Myth of the Great Patriotic War, and their Legacies


Do. 12.10.2023 | 10:00 -
Fr. 13.10.2023 | 17:00 Uhr

The conference encourages contributions that shed light on the history of the compilation of documents on Nazi crimes, their use and abuse: in criminal trials, in show trials, in the public sphere (at exhibitions, in publications, in the press), in education, in literature and in film, as well as in historiography and Cold War diplomacy. Contributions that explore how the ambiguity of the document collections was kept in check by the regime and how the polyphony of the documents was silenced will be highly welcome. In particular, the conference would be profiting from papers that reflect our perspective on the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century and the postwar period in Europe from a theoretical and epistemological point of view, thus contributing to a better understanding of their impact on our present.

The conference will be held in the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania in Vilnius from October 12th to October 13th, 2023 (on-site only). As organizers, we plan to propose a selection of revised papers presented at the conference to an international peer-reviewed journal as a special issue.

Conference organized by Branch office Vilnius of the German Historical Institute Warsaw, Max Weber Foundation, in cooperation with the Lithuanian Institute of History

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