Retirement of Peter Seixas, the founding director of the Centre for The Study of Historical Consciousness (CSHC)

June 30, 2016 is the formal date of retirement of Peter Seixas, who was the founding director of the Centre for The Study of Historical Consciousness. To mark his retirement, the Centre sponsored a day of celebration on March 12, including an international symposium on the theme, "Coming of Age," and a dinner.

The one-day symposium, "Coming of Age: Life/Time/History," included eight senior, international scholars who had been particularly influential in Peter's career and five younger scholars who had worked with him as graduate students.

The evening dinner was attended by 130 invited guests, hosted by Lindsay Gibson and Carla Peck, with tributes from Penney Clark, Doug Cochran, Kadriye Ercikan and Sam Wineburg, and a response from Peter. The speeches were followed by enthusiastic dancing to the wild music of the 11-piece band, Top-City Rhythm and Blues.

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Exhibition "Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War" (York Art Gallery, 25 March - 4 September 2016)

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War, is the largest exhibition of First World War art for nearly 100 years.

York Art Gallery is the only venue outside London to display this collection of more than 60 artworks produced during the war and in its immediate aftermath. Many are by artists who themselves served on the front line and have helped to define how we understand the conflict.

Working either privately or as official war artists, they wanted to give a true sense of the horror, human sacrifice and tragic consequences of 'total war'. They reflected this in their fragmented depictions of soldiers, trenches, artillery, and in images of a torn and violated landscape. Modern artistic movements stressed the mechanised nature of the war and the new destruction this brought.

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Conference "The Collapse of Memory – Memory of Collapse: Remembering the Past, Re-Constructing the Future in Periods of Crisis" (Lund, September 2016)

The Centre for European Studies at Lund University and the International Research Network "Baltic Borderlands: Shifting Boundaries of Mind and Culture in the Borderlands of the Baltic Sea Region", a collaborative programme between the universities of Lund, Tartu, and Greifswald, invites proposals for conference papers, which discuss how the management of crisis is affected by previous experiences and memories and how crisis, disaster or collapse affect cultural memory and political agency.

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Conference "Truth, Lies, and Manufacturing Memory" (Toronto, 28 and 29 October 2016)

Humber College's School of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Toronto, Canada in association with the International Festival of Authors (IFOA) will be presenting its third annual interdisciplinary conference "Truth, Lies, and Manufacturing Memory." The International Festival of Authors (IFOA), one of the most celebrated literary festivals in the world, is located at the Harbourfront Centre, one of downtown Toronto's major cultural and artistic venues. The conference aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary discussion among scholars and researchers who study topics on the themes of truth and lies. Some emergent themes to be explored include, but are not limited to: contested meaning, repressed truth, testimony studies, trauma, victimhood, distortion, "lies that tell the truth", revisionism, selective memory, gaslighting.

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  Workshop "Pop Nostalgia – The Uses of the Past in Popular Culture" (German Historical Institute London, 10-11 November 2016)

Pop nostalgia, we are told, is everywhere. Our current golden age of television—from Mad Men to Vinyl, Downton Abbey to Call the Midwife—lovingly recreates earlier periods of the twentieth century, while club nights devoted to the 1980s or 1990s allow us to return to our youth. What is more, popular culture is, in the words of music journalist Simon Reynolds, addicted to its own past. It not only reminisces, it revives, reissues, remixes earlier forms and styles instead of coming up with genuinely new. Finally, our most modern technologies are always also time machines: producing sepia-coloured images of the present for an anticipated nostalgic recollection in the future.

These are some of the questions the workshop Pop Nostalgia addresses. It explores the uses of the past in popular culture across all media and genre, from literature, cinema, television, and video games to theme park, club nights and sports events. It is interested not only in representations of the past but also in their production and circulation as well as in audiences and reception. The workshop is particularly interested in the historical dimension of pop nostalgia, namely how it has changed over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth century.

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Second Historical Fictions Research Conference (National Maritime Museum, London, 24-25 February 2017)

Historical fictions can be understood as an expanded mode of historiography. Scholars in literary, visual, historical and museum/re-creation studies have long been interested in the construction of the fictive past, understanding it as a locus for ideological expression. However, this is a key moment for the study of historical fictions as critical recognition of these texts and their convergence with lines of theory is expanding into new areas such as the philosophy of history, narratology, popular literature, historical narratives of national and cultural identity, and cross-disciplinary approaches to narrative constructions of the past.

The Historical Fictions Research Network welcomes paper proposals from Archaeology, Architecture, Literature, Media, Art History, Musicology, Reception Studies, Museum Studies, Recreation, Gaming, Transformative Works and others. We welcome paper proposals across historical periods, with ambitious, high-quality, inter-disciplinary approaches and new methodologies that will support research into larger trends and which will lead to more theoretically informed understandings of the mode across historical periods, cultures and languages.

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Poznan to host 23rd International Congress of Historical Sciences (ICHS, 2020)

Poznan, the capital city of the Polish region of Wielkopolska, won in the first round of voting that was held in Jinan (China), the host of the 22nd ICHS.

Poznan's candidacy was promoted in China by representatives of the Adam Mickiewicz University's Faculty of Historical Studies: Professors Krzysztof Makowski, Tomasz Schramm and Ewa Domańska, who came up with the idea of organizing a world conference of historians in Poznan. Speaking to members of the International Committee of Historical Sciences, Poland's Ambassador to China Mirosław Gajewski presented achievements of the Adam Mickiewicz University in the field of historical research, and hailed the city of Poznan as such.

The concept of the 23rd ICHS draws on its 7th edition, which was held in Warsaw in 1933. Back then, the world's leading historians were hosted by a country that had regained independence just 15 years earlier. In 2020, congress participants will be welcomed by a Poland looking back on 30 years of successful transformation, and a city that is a major historical research centre and a witness to key events in Poland's history.

On average, approximately 1,500 historians from across the world have participated in previous ICHS editions. Poznan declared itself ready to host 2,000 scholars.