28.06.2021 10:00 Uhr
Conference "Sacralization of History in (contemporary) Eastern Europe. Actors – Networks – Topics"
Joint Conference by Herder-Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Leibniz-Institute for European History, Catholic University Leuven, University of Amsterdam supported by the Leibniz Research Allicance Historical Authenticity. The conference will explore the sacralization of history with a focus on Eastern Europe. Here, the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the erasure of Soviet traditions and interpretations of history have enabled or made politicians and societies to search or rediscover a connection to their "own usable past." In addition to the Russian Federation and Ukraine, there is currently an intensive public engagement, for example, with history in the Baltic states, Poland and Hungary, and in the Balkans. Historical memory is playing a central role, especially in Eastern European, in shaping national identities and legitimizing claims to leadership. Remarkably, history is currently not simply politized but history is also being sacralized. Historical evidence, myths and stereotypes are declared "authentic" and therefore beyond doubt or criticism. Secular and sacral rituals, venerated objects and marked spaces are used to strengthen feelings of national identity and belonging. Religious authorities and churches are often involved in the sacralization of historical politics. Populist parties and regimes also make use of history in this manner. Date: 28.06.2021, 10:00 - 18:00 Venue: Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe Marburg Rheinland-Pfalz Deutschland