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08 October 2015
  Baltic Region in the European (Non) Union History, Economics, Political Practices

Cross- scientific seminar
St. Petersburg, November 6, 2015

Regional Economy Institute of the Russian Academy of Science
Baltic Studies Association
Historical Memory Foundation

November 6 2015, the Regional Economy Institute of the Russian Academy of Science (St. Petersburg) will host Baltic Region in the European (Non) Union: History, Economics, Political Practices cross-discipline scientific seminar. The seminar will discuss the contribution of political elites of the Baltic states into the European strategy as well as domestic and foreign challenges it causes.
The experts will focus on the following issues:
- Participation of political elites of the Baltic states in establishment of international lobby groups within the EU;
- Correlation of the national historical policy of the Baltic states and international and ethnical conflicts;
- Economical and internal political consequences of curtailing cooperation with Russia for the Baltic states.
Baltic Studies Association which is a cross-discipline professional union of researchers of history and the current situation of the Baltic States will also be presented during the seminar. The presentation will cover aims, goals and strategy of the Association.
Location: Scientific Council Hall of the Regional Economy Institute of the Russian Academy of Science (floor 2, 38, Serpukhovskaya St., St. Petersburg)
Time: 11.00-17.00.
Please register till October 22, 2015.

Feel free to contact:
Ludmila Sazanovich, +7 (931) 290-30-65,
Aleksandra Orlova, +7 (903) 502-89-17,



12 November 2014
  International scientific conference "Baltic Studies in Russia"

Over the past decade, the Baltic states have become quite a popular subject of research among Russian scientists. By the moment the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and long after that, scientists almost have not been studying them, however, today, dozens of researchers address these or those issue of history, ethnology, social and political situation in the Baltic republics. By this moment, a substantial volume of research materials indicates that various tendencies and branches in studying the Baltic states have formed.


We believe that experience exchange and dialogue between scholars analyzing political, social and cultural processes in a particular region is an essential condition for human sciences development. Therefore Historical Memory Foundation supported by the Russian State Archive for Social and Political History has initiated international scientific conference "Baltic Studies in Russia".


"Baltic Studies in Russia" will become the first international scientific conference in Russia focusing on history, sociology, political science and ethnology of the Baltic states. The conference is expected to establish relations between researches of these states who practice both in Russia and abroad, to form unified Russian community of scientists dealing with the Baltic republics.


"Baltic Studies in Russia" conference will be held in the conference hall of the Russian State Archive for Social and Political History (Bolshaya Dmitrovka Str., 15) in Moscow, November 12-14, 2014. Arrangements, planned for the conference, are as follows:


- history of the Baltic states from the late 19th to the early 20th century;


- the Baltic states in the First World War;


- independent Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, international relations and social and political history;


- the Baltic states in the Second World War;


- the Baltic states as part of USSR;


- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania from the late 80th till 1991;


- the Baltic states and the European Union, integration into European area.


Applications may be submitted for individual reports as well as sessions and round tables.


Conference languages - Russian, English. 


Conference proceedings will be published. 


Organizers of the conference assume travel and accommodation expenses.


Members of the organizing committee of the conference are as follows:


Andrey K. Sorokin - Russian State Archive for Social and Political History director.


Dr. Aleksander I. Rupasov - senior research scientist of the St.Petersburg Historical Institute of the Russian Academy of Science.


Aleksander R. Dyukov - Historical Memory Foundation, director.


Applications are kindly asked to submit to Olesya E. Orlenko, the conference organizing committee secretary, at


Deadline of application - October 15, 2014.

06 February 2014
  Concepts of the Continuity and the Succession of State in modern times: CfP

Concepts of the Continuity and the Succession of State in modern times: Historical, legal and comparative aspects

International Scientific Conference

Fund “Historical Memory”

Moscow, 6-7 February 2014

The goal of the conference is to study various modern countries’ practices of continuity and succession of state compared to the predecessor states of the 19-20 centuries. The following issues are to be discussed at the conference:

1. Concept of the “continuity and succession of state” and the modern Law:

- changes of the state system in jurisprudence;

- definition of terms “continuity”, “state tabula rasa” and “succession of state” in jurisprudence and historiography;

- influence of these concepts on the national and international legal systems.

2. The choice between “continuity” and “succession of state” (historical and political aspects):

- usage of terms “continuity” and “succession of state” during the government changes (former Yugoslavia country, countries of the former USSR, the Third Reich, Uniting of the Western and Eastern Germany, South Africa Republic etc.);

- applying terms “continuity” and “succession of state” in times of military government (collaboration and/or occupational regimes: Vishi government, General-governorship, Reich’s commissionaires on the occupied Soviet territories etc.);

- terms “continuity” and “succession of state” in post colonial states (Algeria, Cuba etc.).

3. Historical science and concepts “continuity” and “succession of state”: interconnection and regional specifics.

Participation applications are accepted in Russian or English until November 30 , 2013 at

Please, mention the projected topic of your report, report summery (up to 400 words) and author information (work/study place and position, if applicable – academic degree and the list of main publications). In addition, please, specify if the financial assistance from conference organizers is necessary for participation.

Together with single reports, the suggestions from organizations for different sections will be taken into consideration on the topic of the conference.

In case of suggesting the topic for sections, please, specify the expected number of participants, information about participants (work/study place and position, if applicable – academic degree and the list of main publications).

Conference languages – Russian, English.

05 November 2012
  The exhibition “Childhood in captivity: young and minor victims of Nazi punitive expeditions on the North-West of USSR, 1942-1944”

The exhibition “Childhood in captivity: young and minor victims of Nazi punitive expeditions on the North-West of USSR, 1942-1944” will open the November 5, 2012 in “The Minsk historical studio under the Johannes Rau International Centre for Education and Exchange (IBB)”. The exhibition is prepared by “Historical memory” Foundation and “The Minsk historical studio under IBB” within the framework of the common program of the Belorussian Peace Foundation and the German Fund “Memory, Responsibility and Future” - “Raisin the status of the former inhabitants of burned Belorussian villages”.

November 6, 2012 Institute of History of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus will host the seminar “Nazi annihilation policy: prospects of historical studies, sources and remembrance” (Akademicheskaya st., 1, Minsk). The participation of experts from Russia, Belarus, Latvia, Germany, France and Switzerland is prevue.

Applications with the report’s résumé should be sent at the email: The deadline is October 19, 2012.

10 April 2012
  Towards a Common Past? Conflicting Memories in Contemporary Europe

We have the pleasure to inform you about an interdisciplinary conference in memory studies that is organized by Nordic Network in Memory Studies and held at Lund University in Lund, Sweden 14-16 May 2012.

 We hope that the conference will generate discussions about the state of the art in Memory Studies as well as the future of the research in the field. How can we consolidate Memory Studies? What kind of new directions within the field we can identify today?

We would also like to involve you in the discussion on the idea of «European Memory», what it is and how it relates to the memories of nations, regions, migrant communities and the world outside Europe. Drawing on recent theoretical insights pointing to the importance of memory migration and mediation, the influence of new media, changing cultural contexts, and memory as a source of transcultural ethics, the conference will explore how memory works as a transcultural and transnational force, mainly but not solely in Europe.

We welcome papers that aim to explore the tension between attempts by European cultural and political elites to create some form of common European memory or at least a unitary memory ethos on one hand and numerous «memory conflicts», caused by divided and contested memories of oppression and violence on the other. Understanding the conflict-provoking potential of this memory legacy and exploring how it may be managed in a reconciliatory fashion constitute an acute challenge to interdisciplinary Memory Studies.

We are convinced that the future of Memory Studies lies in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary cooperation, however difficult such an endeavor might be. Hence we warmly welcome to our conference scholars from different disciplines – the humanities, political and social sciences (including psychology and communication studies), history, etc.

Conference Chair: Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (e-mail:

Conference Coordinator: Niklas Bernsand (e-mail:

09 February 2012
  The exhibition “Childhood in captivity: the fate of children taken away in Latvia, 1943-1944”.

The exhibition “Childhood in captivity: the fate of children taken away in Latvia, 1943-1944” is prepared by “Historical memory” Foundation and The State central museum of contemporary history of Russia within the framework of the common program of the Belorussian Peace Foundation and the German Fund “Memory, Responsibility and Future” - “Raisin the status of the former inhabitants of burned Belorussian villages”.

First time in Moscow the unique and unknown illustrations of the fate of children, victims of punitive operations on the North-West of USSR during the Great Patriotic war has been offered to the attention of visitors. Nazi punitive operations took place in 1943-1944 in the border area of Russia, Belarus and Latvia. Their striking forces consisted mainly from Latvian collaborator’s units. The goal of those actions was the belt of “scorched earth”: villages were burned; people were executed or taken away as forced labors in Latvia or Germany. Due to these operations thousands of minor children, -Russian, Belorussian, Polish, - were deported in Latvia. They were separated with their parents and remained in extremely heavy conditions in concentration camp Salaspils. Then they were working for Latvian farmers. The exhibition “Childhood in captivity” is made in memory of those victims, died in this tragedy, as well as of those who stayed alive.

At the exhibition you may see the videos with eyewitnesses of the events, collected by the “Historical memory” Foundation in Latvia, Belarus and Russia, unknown pictures and newsreel from the Belarusian State Archives of Films, Photographs and Sound Recordings and private collections.

The exhibition is opened in The State central museum of contemporary history of Russia from 19th of January to 15th of February.

22 April 2011
  An International Seminar "International relations in Europe, the 30-s years of the XX century: historiography and source studies aspects"

The history of European foreign relations in the 1930s is the field of interests of many researchers. But the reach historiography on this subject lacks some important things. With few exceptions historians confine themselves to the “national history” and often are restricted to the methodology of the direction they following. They lack interdisciplinarity and this makes their positions incomplete. And the necessity of cross-disciplinary researches is obvious when it concern such questions as history, international law, political sciences etc.

The present conference is organized by “Historical Memory” Foundation and by the Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. A key feature of the seminar is its goal to surmount the special concept of “national” historiography, to bring together researchers involved in the seminar’s topic from different countries of the World and to promote the interdisciplinary studies of the foreign relations in Europe during the pre-war period. Within the seminar’s framework following goals are planned to be achieved: to define the base of sources of the history of foreign relations in the 1930s, to present the most recent researches on this topic, including those concerning the foreign affaires of East-European countries of above-mentioned period, the problems of boards in the context of public law current at that time, the external policy of European states and the onset of World War II.

For contacts: Olesya Orlenko (

15 November 2010
  The conference “History, historians and the modern society: on the way to mutual understanding”

The conference is organized by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of General History, the Academicals Educational Association of Humanitarian sciences and The National Committee of Russian historians. The dates of the event are 15th-16th of November.

The history and the memory about the past are becoming more and more important in the modern society. Unfortunately, Klio is exploited for political gain very often. The professional historian acting at the best as an invisible breather in dramatic, sometimes farcical political discourse. But mostly he is a simple spectator in the back row. It’s not the special feature of Russia or Post-soviet space; we can find this tendency in Europe and all over the World.

The goal of the conference is to pave the way to mutual understanding between modern society and historical community as well as to find an answer to the following questions: is there a dialog in this field? Can professional historians break up the mythologizing of History by society? Can a historian be more important for social minds then a writer of political essays? Can History be interesting, involving and useful for society without loosing its academicals frames?

Organizing committee: Еmail:, tel. +7(495)938-00-87; +7(495)938-58-95; +7(495)938-58-95.

29 October 2010
  The Science Seminar: “Latvian - Russian and Latvian - CIS relations: prospects for development after the last parliamentary elections ”

The seminar is organized by the Institute of CIS Countries and “Historical Memory” Foundation and will take place in the Institute of CIS Countries. The main issues are following: the last parliamentary elections results, the formation of the new Coalition Government, Latvian - Russian and Latvian - CIS actual economic development opportunities (analytical discussion). The attendees are historians and political scientists from Moscow working on the problems of the Baltic Region. The experts from Latvia are also invited to the seminar.

The date of the seminar is October 29th , at 15h00.

Address: Staromonetniy per 10, 1st floor. Metro stations are “Tratyakovskaya”, “Polyanka”.

Contact name: PhD (political science) Mikhail Vladimirovitch Alexandrov, head of Baltic department of the Institute of CIS, (е-mail:,

phone numbers +7(903)529-7661, +7(495)959-3451(52), fax +7(495)959-3449.

02 September 2010
  An international conference: “Divided Eastern Europe: borders and population transfer, 1938 – 1947”

An international conference “Divided Eastern Europe: borders and population transfer, 1938 – 1947” 2 – 3 of September, 2010, Lviv

The conference is focused on national border changes in Eastern Europe during the period from 1938 to 1947: population transfer as a result of foreign and domestic political considerations, interethnic relationships and ethnic purges of paramilitary units; the concept of self- perception of people living on frontiers forced to change their national and civil status; the problems of modern East European borders.

Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, English.

Download: Divided Eastern Europe

26 April 2010
  "Historical memory" Foundation organize a conference “The War Of Extermination:The Nazi Genocide In Eastern Europe”

"Historical memory" Foundation organize a conference “The War Of Extermination:The Nazi Genocide In Eastern Europe” which will take place from 26th to 28th of April 2010. Lead historians from Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, Western Europe and USA are expected to participate in the conference. The conference is going to touch upon the scientific understanding of the Nazi “war of extermination”. Withing the framework of the event is planed the opening of the exhibition "To destiroy as much as possible: Nazi genocide policy in the occupied territory of USSR".

Download: preliminary program

02 December 2009
  "Historical memory" Foundation is taking part in Moscow 11th International Non-Fiction Book Fair

"Historical memory" Foundation is taking part in Moscow 11th International Non-Fiction Book Fair. We invite you to visit our stand № 17-5 on the second floor. You will find there our books at the price of publishers.

The 2nd of December, on the Foundation’s first anniversary, the press conference organized within the framework of the Book Fair, will summarize the year results and will present new books.

09 October 2009
  International Conference on Stalinism will take place in Smolensk.

The II International Conference "History of Stalinism: Russia's repressed province will take place in Smolensk State University.

This conference covers various aspects of formation, development and implementation (specific actions) of repressive policy of the State primarily on the regional level. The participants are experts in the Soviet period of the Russian history. Attention will be given to methodological problems, traditional and new approaches to the study of the Soviet totalitarian regime and its repressive practices. Participants will also take part in the discussion of popularization features of scientific achievements in the filed of repressions’ study and interpretation problems of repression history in secondary and higher education institution courses of modern Russia.

For further information about the conference program and participation conditions please consult ROSSPEN publishing house website


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