Politics of memory at the 28th Economic Forum in Krynica

Politics of memory has been the subject of intense public debate for several years. The concept originating from Germany has been growing in importance since 1989. The own interpretation of past events in order to achieve political benefits often leads to conflicts not only with the opposition but also with society.

This undoubtedly turbulent topic is increasingly appearing in the media Increasingly, political circles are aware that it is necessary to practice the politics of memory nowadays, although it is undoubtedly debatable and not easy to perceive in social perception.

During the XXVIII Economic Forum in Krynica will take place a panel discussion entitled Politics of Memory – the Past for the Future. Panelists will try to answer questions concerning this difficult issue. Does politics of memory lead to insoluble conflicts? Should the authorities try to separate these two spheres and is it possible at all?

Participation in the panel was confirmed by the Professor of the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest – Csaba György Kiss, who also lectures at the University of Warsaw. “The nations of our region in Europe have a very rich common historical memory, starting with St. Wojciech, in memory of 1956, Prague Spring and Solidarity. However, we must work on a better understanding of the common places in memory of the Visegrad nations”, says a Hungarian literary expert in an interview for wpolityce.pl. Co-founder of the Hungarian Democratic Forum, historian and essayist will once again be a guest of the Economic Forum in Krynica.

The guests of the panel will also be Markus Meckel, Chairman of the Council of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation and Gabriele Woidelko, Head of the Department of History and Politics, Körber-Stiftung, Germany. Solomon Ginzburg, President of the Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies “Regional Strategy”, Russia and Branimir Janković, Expert of the Social Sciences Department of the University of Zagreb will join them. The discussion will be led by Kazimierz Popławski, Editor-in-Chief of Przegląd Bałtycki.

The discussion partner is the Körber-Stiftung, a private and independent German foundation that – among other activities – promotes international dialogue on the political dimension of history with its Körber History Forum, an annual interdisciplinary discussion forum held in Berlin.