Marginal Memories, Dominant Narratives? The Dynamics of Forgetting and Remembering in the context of the First World War Centenary

This workshop takes the centenary of the First World War as an opportunity to ask which narratives around the war are being established in the mainstream culture, e.g. through television programmes, exhibitions and commemorative events, both in countries with established and nation-bearing narratives but also in countries which have to create a new narrative due to a lack of a developed First World War memory, either because the construction of memory was taken over by (now dissolute) imperial centres or because the First World War was overshadowed by other conflicts.

We want to adopt a comparative approach to remembrance culture, in which we include literature, theatre and performance in the widest sense but also visual arts. In this we want to move beyond the national frameworks which still largely shape studies on First World War remembrance and draw the focus away from the well-established clichés and stereotypes of the Western Front to lesser known sites of remembrance in and outside of Europe.


13:00: panel one: Silke Arnold-de Simine (Birkbeck, London): 'Challenging Dichotomies in First World War Commemoration: Dividing Remembrance Cultures in Germany and the UK'

Nils Arne Sørensen (University of Southern Denmark): ‘Remembering the First World War in Italian Trentino’

Emilie Pine (University College Dublin): 'Good Memory: Ireland and the First World War'

15.00: break

15.30: panel two: Ene Koresaar (University of Tartu): ’An Estonian story of the First World War’

Tomas Sniegon (Lund University): ‘First World War memory among Czechs and Slovaks’

Emilia Salvanou (University of Athens): ‘Historiographical approaches of Greece’s Great War: between national narrative and the global context’

Ismar Dedović and Tea Sindbæk (University of Copenhagen): ‘From Yugoslav to national narratives: First World War memory in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia’

The workshop is open to everyone interested. For further information, please contact Ismar Dedović ( or Tea Sindbæk (