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Migration and Memory conference presentation

A European research project on “Migration and Memory: Representations of Migration in European Immigration Countries, 1960-2005.”
 

A cooperation between Malmö University (European Studies, IMER, MIM) and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres in Vienna.

In late 2006 Malmö University signed a cooperation agreement with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres in Vienna, to become one of four partners in a European research cooperation. Malmö formally entered into the cooperation in the summer of 2007. The other three members of this Institute are, the University of Giessen in Germany (through the institute ZMI – Zentrum für Medien und Interaktivität), the Universities of Zürich and Basel together (the institutes Forschungsbereich Öffentlichkeit und Gesellschaft, Zürich, and the Europainstitut, Basel), and the Demokratiezentrum in Vienna. The Robert Schumann Centre at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, is a previous partner of the Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres.

The European cooperation in the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres (Vienna) has its basic questions in the field of European patterns of collective memory and public arenas: Which are the transnational memory and identity spaces in Europe, and how are they related to national identities and nation state public spheres? The question could be boiled down to: Are there patterns of European memory and identity and corresponding communication arenas beyond the nation states?

In the period 2007-2009 Malmö University is together with the partner in Vienna conducting one of the research projects within this cooperation: “Migration and Memory: Representations of Labour Migration in European Immigration Countries, 1960-2005.” The project addresses fundamental questions of (public) memory and migration, it deals with a comparative investigation of political debates on labour migration in Austria and Sweden, and furthermore it focuses two special areas of interest:
1) the representation of labour migration in school text books, and
2) the representation of labour migration in museums and exhibitions.

The project works parallel on a Swedish-Austrian comparison and on a wider European perspective on memory and migration. The latter will partly be realized through an international conference on the general problem of migration and memory, and with special sessions on the two special areas of interest (text books and museums/exhibitions), on 13-14 November 2008 in Malmö, arranged by MIM.

The project aims to result in two publications, one anthology on Migration and Memory in Europe, building on the international conference, and one publication solely by project members on a comparison between Sweden and Austria on the public debate on migration in these two countries.

The project is also aiming to develop its work into a renewed research project after 2009 in cooperation with MIM and with the Boltzmann Institute and its partners.

The wider Boltzmann Institute cooperation is constituted by four parallel projects of a similar kind. They are the following:

1) Cold War, European Institutions und European Public Spheres, led by Kurt Imhof (Zürich) and Georg Kreis (Basel). Research Team: Jens Lucht (Zürich), David Tréfás (Basel), Berthold Molden (Vienna).
2) Remembering Nazism, Communism and Holocaust and the Authoritarian Past in Europe – Totalitarianism Reconsidered, led by Oliver Rathkolb (Vienna). Research Team: Muriel Blaive (Prague), Christian Gerbel (Vienna), Günther Guggenberger (Vienna), Berthold Molden (Vienna), Piotr Buras (Krakow), Gabriela Ghindea (Cluj), Kristian Nilsson (Malmö/Tallinn)
3) European Iconography und European political image memory (Europäisches Bildgedächtnis). Led by Claus Leggewie (Essen) Research Team: Gertraud Diendorfer (Vienna), Benjamin Drechsel (Giessen), Petra Mayrhofer (Vienna), Ramón Reichert (Giessen), Marie Cronqvist (Lund)
4) Migration and Memory, led by Fredrik Lindström (Malmö), Sieglinde Rosenberger (Vienna), Hans-Åke Persson, (Malmö/Roskilde). Research Team: Christiane Hintermann (Vienna), Stefanie Mayer (Vienna), Christina Johansson (Malmö), Vanja Lozic (Malmö), Inge Eriksson (Malmö)

These projects all work within the time frame 2007-2009 and will all hold conferences and publish books and articles on their themes. In 2009 the aim is to confront these projects working on the same basic questions with one another and try to develop a synthesis on “European patterns of collective memory and public arenas.” In 2009 will also be made a new departure for the cooperation in the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for European History and Public Spheres, where the previous partners are invited to continue the cooperation and some new partners will be invited too.

 

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