What can languages of ‘European Memory’ tell us about Europe’s borders, how these changed over time and whether they are fluid or rigid?
This is a four-day workshop with the goal to finalise a Special Issue on the entangled memories of Europe, as well as to inaugurate the new John Fell Fund project, Mapping the Languages of European Memory. The Special Issue is comprised of several case studies, which cover different regions of Europe and link current in-vocations of ‘European Memory’ to long-term historical patterns of interpretation. The articles integrate new aspects drawn from the comparative research design and are explicitly oriented towards the intersections between the case studies. The close dialogue between the articles permits a fresh exploration of the various objectifications of ‘European Memory’. The new John Fell Fund project, Mapping the Languages of European Memory, will systematically analyse the languages which have sustained the Europeanisation of national memory discourses over the last decade across six countries: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the UK. This will be done through qualitative content analysis as well as quantitative corpus analysis. In order to gain a deeper insight into the current importance of text in the social sciences, the differences between and subtleties of qualitative and quantitative analysis, please follow the link to the series of podcasts by Félix Krawatzek and Andy Eggers, hosted by the DPIR: http://www.politics.ox.ac.uk/podcast-series/andy-eggers-and-felix-krawatzek-on-text-in-the-social-sciences.html