Konrad Jarausch, "The Europeanization of Memories: Nightmares or Daydreams?"

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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In an era enamored by technological futurism, the extent and intensity of the current memory boom are something of a surprise--especially in Europe. Politicians, business people, and eye witnesses are key to it. Many countries recently liberated from dictatorship are renationalizing their collective recollections. Most recently, pro-integration intellectuals and Brussels bureaucrats have discovered memory for their purposes too: Europe's lack of collective memory, they believe, hampers the process of European unification.They propose creating a transnational public memory that can legitimate the transformation of the EU into a superstate. What is the role of historians in this process? Is it to help construct or rather to deflate the project's rhetoric and so lay bare its subtexts? Professor Jarausch's presentation is bound to generate intense discussion. Konrad Jarausch is Lurcy Professor of European Civilization in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the co-founder of the UNC/Duke Center for European Studies and former co-director of the Zentrum fuer Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam. An immensely curious and personable researcher, he has written or edited over thirty books in modern German history.

Location: Room 710 (Ford Room), Social Sciences Building, Minneapolis Campus

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Sponsored By: Center for German and European Studies
Additional Sponsors: Austrian Studies, Ctr for Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Department of History