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What to Forget? What to Preserve?
Politics of Digital Heritage in Central and Eastern Europe

Roundtable

In the last decade, there has been increasing interest in digital technologies and their influence on the production of memory, history and heritage not only within academic research, but also in politics, especially in Eastern Europe and Russia. The tendency toward selective history, heritage and memory politics in the region manifests itself more and more in the digital sphere. Politicians decide on what will be remembered and how and these are influencing also the selection of sources, artefacts etc. to be digitalized. In this framework the questions arise whose heritage will be secured by digitisation and whose not? Simultaneously, these decisions also aim to regulate the accessibility of digitised heritage. Which materials or collections will be accessible, and which will be not? Moreover, the types of users are regulated through these politics as well. In this framework, this roundtable formulates and discusses questions on concrete strategies, policies and main actors shaping and constructing this field in the region.

Welcome
Eszter Gantner, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg
Gabriele Freitag, German Association for East European Studies, Berlin
Daniel Weidner, Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin

Roundtable
Peter Haslinger, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg
Markuu Kangaspuro, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Zsuzsa Varga, Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies, University of Glasgow
Emilia Kłoda, Museum of Lubomirski Princes at the National Ossoliński Institute, Wrocław

Moderation
Gabriele Freitag, German Association for East European Studies, Berlin

Commentary
Eszter Gantner, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt. Nach dem Roundtable laden wir Sie ein, das Gespräch bei einem kleinen Empfang fortzusetzen.

Die Veranstaltung ist eine Kooperation der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde, des Herder-Instituts für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung – Institut der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, des Leibniz-Zentrums für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, des Aleksanteri Institute, des Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies und des Forschungsförderungsprogramms LOEWE.