The place of absence and the spaces of the absent

The place of absence and the spaces of the absent:
the legacies of the 20th century (de)population movements in Europe and beyond


Date: Thursday 24th and Friday 25th March 2022
Location: Paris (CERI, 56 rue Jacob, 75006) and online (ask for the link by e-mail at
Language: English

Catherine Perron, FNSP/CERI – Sciences Po Paris
Michèle Baussant, CNRS/ CEFRES
Katja Hrobat Virloget, University of Primorska

Thursday 24th March

12.30 – 14.30

This panel is organised as a session of the seminar “Mémoires et patrimonialisations des migrations” of the EHESS

Neža Čebron Lipovec,University of Primorska – Koper/Capodistria
Intertwined metamorphoses: modern architecture and population change in postwar northern Istria

Petra Kavrečič, Universty of Primorska – Koper/Capodistria
The absence of the “other side” of the territory. The territorial discontinuity with the new Yugoslavian-Italian border

14.30 – 15.00 : Coffee-break

15.00 – 16.30

Maria Kokkinou, CEFRES – Prague
Before and after them: spaces of refuge, spaces of expulsion in Eastern Europe through the example of the refugees of Greek civil war 

Ewa Tartakowsky, CNRS, Institut des sciences sociales du politique – Nanterre
Auschwitz: A research in times of pandemic

17.00 – 18.30

Cornelia Eisler, BKGE – Oldenburg
A present absence. Germans from Eastern Europe and the expellee museums in West Germany

Olga Sezneva, Universiteit van Amsterdam – Amsterdam
 Lost-And-Found: The poiesis of home in a dispossessed land. Tales from Königsberg-Kaliningrad

Friday 25th March

9.30 – 11.15

Elena Soler, Charles University – Prague
Long-lasting ethnicized silences and the imagined (national) community: reflections on a new theoretical approach

Nadège Ragaru, CNRS/CERI – Sciences Po Paris
Seeking Jewish survivors from Northern Greece in the 1960s: West German magistrates and the transnational story of a quest for traces

Katja Hrobat Virloget, University of Primorska – Koper/Capodistria
The silence as absence in Istria. Memory and forgetting of the Istrian exodus, the past and future

11.15 – 11.30 :  Coffee-break

11.30 – 12.45

Michèle Baussant, CNRS/ CEFRES – Prague
What absences shape memories of the colonial displaced?

Catherine Perron, FNSP/CERI – Sciences Po Paris
The place of the loss. Expulsions and lost homelands in the German memorial landscape.

14.30 : Round table

Yael Navaro, University of Cambridge – Cambrigde
Antonela Capelle-Pogacean, FNSP/CERI – Sciences Po Paris
Evelyne Ribert, CNRS – IIAC – Paris

Illustration: ©Michèle Baussant