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Public lecture of the II World War Chair "The battle for Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk" by Pawel MACHCEWICZ


Mercredi, 22 Mars, 2017 - 09:45 to Vendredi, 5 Mai, 2017 - 18:00

The International Chair for the history of the second World War

Summary of the Chair's Lessons :

Pawel Machcewicz is historian, author of majors books on Polish Twentieth Century History and professor at the Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Science. In 2008, he was appointed plenipotentiary for the project to create the Museum of the Second World War* in Gdansk. Gdansk, where the first shots of the conflict were fired, was to become the home of the most ambitious and genuinely global museum of the second World War. After years of intense work, collecting unique objects, developing a challenging and innovative narrative and scenography, involving historians and museummakers worldwide, the museum, in a daring architectural setting, has just been completed, to the unanimous acclaim of the visitors who had the opportunity to see the preview. 

Poland was the central battlefield of this war, living through Nazi and Soviet invasions, the main location where Nazi Germany perpetrated the genocide of Europe’s Jews, a country that saw its civilian population decimated, its military and political elites murdered and millions of its inhabitants transferred into or out of the new borders the country acquired in 1945. The creators of the museum had the ambition not only to tell the story of Poland’s war, often overlooked and misunderstood abroad, but also to insert it into its widest international context; to tell the story of how this war has transformed a continent and the wider world. 

This story collides with unilateral stories of Polish exceptionalism, suffering and martyrdom. In recent months, the Gdansk museum has become a central battleground in the debates on Poland’s past, on its place in Europe and on its political future. The independence of the museum from political control and its very survival as an institution are currently challenged through several legal proceedings. 

In his lectures, Pawel Machcewicz will discuss the battle for a global history of a global conflict and the challenges of representing history in a museum.
 

* The Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk opens its doors to the public on Thursday 23 March, after a bitter controversy.
Website MUZEUM II WOJNY ŚWIATOWEJ: www.muzeum1939.pl
An article from the New York Times: clic here

Chair for the History of the Second World War:

Created in 2011, the Chair allows for the invitation of one internationally renowned historian each year to teach a series of lectures for students of the university and a wider public. The Chair is organised by the Faculty of Philosophy and social Sciences , thanks to the generosity of Baron Jean-Charles Velge. who wished to honour the memory of Jean Vanwelkenhuyszen, historian of the Second World War. The incumbent of the Chair awarded with the Baron Velge Prize.
 

Guest speaker: Paweł  MACHCEWICZ, 6th incumbent of the Chair for the History of the WW II 2016-2017.

Pawel Machcewicz is historian, author of majors books on Polish Twentieth Century History and professor at the Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Science.

In 1989, he is graduated from the Department of History at the University of Warsaw. In 1990, he became a research analyst at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1993 Machcewicz defended the doctorate, and in 2000 received a post-doctoral degree in Humanities in the field of Political Theories.

On 2008, Pawel Machcewicz initiated the project to create the Museum of the Second World War in Gdansk and became its founding director. Gdansk, where the first shots of the conflict were fired, was to become the home of the most ambitious and genuinely global museum of the second World War. After years of intense work, collecting unique objects, developing a challenging and innovative narrative and scenography, involving historians and museummakers worldwide, the museum, in a daring architectural setting, has just been completed, to the unanimous acclaim of the visitors who had the opportunity to see the preview.

 

Program of the Second World War Chair 2017 :

Tuesday May 2: Public lecture "The battle for Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk"
Hours: From 6 pm to 8 pm
Place: Dupreel room, Building S 1st floor, Solbosch campus, ULB, avenue Jeanne 44, 1050 Brussels. MAP

Registration is free and compulsory, please register on the online form to attend the public lecture : click here
(Registration will be closed on April 30, 2017)

Wednesday May 3 : "Poland in the Second World War"
Hours: From 4 pm to 6 pm
Place: Room H1.302 (Building H, level 1, room 302), Solbosch campus, ULB, avenue F. Roosevelt 50,1050 Brussels. MAP

Thursday May 4 : "Contemporary Memory Debates in Poland"
Hours: From 4 pm to 6 pm
Place: Room DC2. 206 (Building D, door C, level 2, room 206), Solbosch campus, ULB, avenue Antoine Depage 30,1050 Brussels. MAP

Friday May 5 : " Challenges of Representing History in Museums: Between Academia, Politics and Entertainment"
Hours: From 2 pm to 4 pm
Place: Room H2. 213 (Building H, level 2, room 213), Solbosch campus, ULB, avenue F. Roosevelt 50,1050 Brussels. MAP

Contact : com.philoscsoc@ulb.ac.be

Conference organised by The Faculty of Philosophy and social Sciences, supported by the baron Jean-Charles Velge Fund.

 

© photo by Roman Jocher