The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes
International inter-disciplinary conference School vs. Memory? Conflict, Identity, Coexistence (Central Europe)
- Date: 10 - 11 October 2014
- Venue: Prague, Faculty of Arts Charles University
- Actual information, program and the online registration form you will find at www.schoolxmemory.eu
In Central European countries, a tension potentially arises between history education in schools and memory at the level of family, social group or community. Memory as a concept describing a plurality of modes of relating to the past has gained grounds both in the humanities and in social sciences. Memory replaces or complements traditional historical narratives. This conference focuses on memory from a didactic perspective. Our aim is to deal with questions such as What are the difficulties that result from the employment of memory layer into the traditional interpretative frameworks employed at school? How does memory layer arise and what are its sources? What role does the family memory play in the creation of historical consciousness? Where are frictions between family remembering and school history narratives formed and under what conditions do they vanish? And last but not least: What does the impact of this memory in the classrooms look like?
Discussion with Revaz Cincadze, Georgian protestor against 1968 Soviet invasion – Sudden and obscene invasion of the Czechoslovakia
- Communication Space Školská 28 (Prague 1), 21. 8. 2014, 18.00
The Václav Havel Library and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes invite you to a discussion with Revaz Cincadze, one of the “nameless” Soviet citizens who protested against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by allied forces in August 1968.
Revaz Cincadze’s case is interesting in that he was not a member of any dissident group and had not been connected to any particular organisations, associations or groups in existence in Georgia in the Soviet period. He carried out his protest in an unusual manner, writing two letters to Alexei Kosygin, chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR, sharing his views about the entire construction of the country. He began the second letter, dated 14 March 1970, with the words “I express my emphatic and irate protest in connection with the sudden, obscene and completely unjustified invasion of the territory of Czechoslovakia by Soviet soldiers. The entire world has stood up against us and against this treachery.” For writing this letter, Revaz Cincadze was arrested and underwent psychiatric examination. He was interned at a psychiatric clinic in Kazan for alleged schizophrenia and was released after almost two years.
The event is being held in conjunction with the Georgian Embassy.
Functions of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes
- Studies and impartially evaluates the time of non-freedom and the time of Communist totalitarian power; examines the anti-democratic and criminal activity of state bodies, especially its security services, and the criminal activity of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (KSČ), as well as other organizations based on its ideology.
- Analyzes the causes and methods of liquidation of the democratic regime during the time of Communist totalitarian power; documents the participation of both local and foreign elements in support of the Communist regime as well as in resistance to it.
- Secures and makes accessible to the public documents relating to the time of non-freedom and the time of Communist totalitarian power, particularly about the activity of the security services and means and forms of both persecution and resistance.
- Converts acquired documents into electronic form without unnecessary delay.
- Documents Nazi and Communist crimes.
- Provides the public with the results of its activity, in particular by publishing information about the time of non-freedom and the time of Communist totalitarian power, and about the deeds and fates of individuals; publishes and disseminates publications, organizes exhibitions, seminars, professional conferences and discussions.
- Cooperates with scientific, cultural, educational and other institutions for the purpose of exchanging information and experience relating to professional issues.
- Cooperates with foreign institutions and individuals of similar orientation.