Conflict, Memory Transfers and the Reshaping of Europe

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'Conflict, Memory Transfers and the Reshaping of Europe' discusses processes of memory construction associated with the realities of war and genocide, totalitarianism, colonialism as well as trans-border dialogues in the overcoming of conflict memories. It is based on the premise that there are no available clear-cut or definite positions to approach the problematic issues of conflict, memory and history. Consequently, it examines and articulates across several different media discourses, problems, contexts and considerations of value. Its scope is thus deliberately interdisciplinary, drawing on the cross-fertilization of diverse research methods. The book addresses a number of issues and raises questions that have been crucial to our modern thought, and problematic or even inexplicable to any cultural theory that approaches history with an ethical approach. It works through and evaluates ongoing representative processes, strategies and practices, next to longstanding constraints, dilemmas and taboos regarding discussions of contentious matters. The different perspectives from which the issues of conflict, identity and memory are examined, in authoritarian, new European and (post-)colonial contexts, provide examples of power and conflict memory intervening in discourse and areas of cultural practice, destabilizing fixed or encoded meaning. It examines how the 'making sense' of our memories - so vital for the qualification of culture and social practices - is about concepts and ideas, as well as emotions and attachments, i.e. meaning resulting from effective social exchange framed by specific contexts of interpretation. As such, the book is also a contribution to a memory culture that is pushing forward the clarification of conflicts, crystallizations of tension and all sorts of threads that bind us, very often invisibly, to the past.

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Helena Goncalves da Silva studied at London University where she obtained her Ph.D in German Literature. In recent years, she has been Associate Professor at the Department of German Studies at the University of Lisbon. Her main research and teaching interests include German Literature, Cultural Theory and Culture Studies. She has published extensively on German literature (Goethe, Rilke, Expressionist drama and contemporary fiction mainly by Gunter Grass, Christa Wolf, Wolfgang Hilbig and Thomas Hettche). She has also published essays on the image of the city in literature, including two edited volumes A Poetica da Cidade, 2003, and Metropoles na Pos-Modernidade, 2004, as well as the essay 'Berlin und die historische Wende: Christa Wolfs Kassandra and Gunter Grass' Ein weites Feld', Paul Michael Lutzeler and Stephan K. Schindler eds., Gegenwarts Literatur (4/2005), Scwerpunkt: Berlin:Literatur, Stauffenburg Verlag. More recently, she has been working on the issue of memory and European identity, including the present volume and the essay 'Peeling the Onion by Gunter Grass. From Survivor Memory to Postmemory, and the Issue of a Responsible Culture of Memory', Rebecca Braun & Frank Brunssen eds., Changing the Nation: Gunter Grass in International Perspective. Koenigshausen & Neumann, 2008. Adriana Alves de Paula Martins is Professor of Theories of Representation and Literary Landmarks in Western Civilisation at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Catholic University of Portugal. Lecturing at this university since 1994, she gained her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from the same institution in 2002, where she is also a Senior Member of the University's Research Centre for Communication and Culture. Her main research interests are Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Intercomprehension and Intercultural Communication. Among her books are A Construccao da Memoria da Nacao em Jose Saramago e Gore Vidal, Peter Lang, 2006, In Dialogue with Jose Saramago: Essays in Comparative Literature (co-edited with Mark Sabine), Manchester Spanish & Portuguese Studies, 2006, and Dialogos em Intercompreensao (co-edited with Filomena Capucho, Christian Degache and Manuel Tost). Universidade Catolica Editora, 2007. Filomena Viana Guarda has been Professor of German Literature and Culture at the University of Lisbon since 1998. She gained her Ph.D in German Literature from the same University. Her main research and teaching areas are the German and Swiss literatures, having published widely on nineteenth and twentieth century authors. More recently she has been working on the issue of History and Postmemory, especially in second- and third-generation World War II narratives. Her latest essays in this field include 'Memoria e Reconciliacao - A proposito de Flughunde de Marcel Beyer'; And gladly Wolde (S)he lerne and gladly teche, 2007; 'Memoria, Historia e Ficcao, A complexa construcao da recordacao em W.G.Sebald', Discursos da Memoria. Espaco, Tempo, Identidade, 2008 edited by Filomena Viana Guarda and Luisa Afonso Soares,; 'Zwischen kulturellem Gedachtnis und Familienerinnerung, Zu den Romanen Spione von Marcel Beyer e Himmelskorper von Tanja Duckers' (due shortly for publication by Konigsmann & Neumann). Jose Miguel Sardica is a Professor of Contemporary History, History of Journalism and Public Opinion and Comparative European History at the Faculty of Human Sciences and at the Political Studies Institute, both in the Portuguese Catholic University, where he has lectured since 1993. He gained his Ph.D. in Contemporary History from the same University in 2003 and is currently Assistant Dean of Faculty, Scientific Coordinator of the Department of Culture Studies and Senior Member of the University's Research Centre for Communication and Culture. In addition to articles and papers in specialized history journals, he has published six books on political

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