New challenges for post-communist remembrance cultures: Interdisciplinary perspectives in transitional justice


The proposed network addresses academic and practitioner debates in the field of transitional justice related to how the controversial history of communism is remembered Central and Eastern Europe. It brings together scholars, practitioners, and members of the public, to discuss how, the often-separate intellectual pursuits of humanities scholars and professionals in the area of transitional justice, can be brought in closer contact and communication. It also explores a key challenge in transitional justice: how to bridge, and how to address, the pressing generational gap in perceptions of communism, especially the perceptions and understandings of a new generation of young people, that are bringing about a host of new challenges, as well as opportunities, for taking the legacy of communism into public consciousness.



After serious deliberation, and consultation with Loughborough University, we decided to cancel our upcoming transitional justice conference in Loughborough, scheduled for July 8-9.  That includes the PGR pre-conference workshops on 7-8 July. We have made this difficult decision as a result of monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Europe and around the world. We are aware of the numerous travel restrictions in place and national lockdowns currently in effect. 

We have considered whether to move the event online. Unfortunately, the logistics of organising an online event are currently beyond our capabilities. We are an emergent network with limited funding. We are hoping to be able to move the conference and pre-conference workshops to November 2020 or early 2021 next year before our AHRC grant end date of Feb 2021 (provided of course we are back to ‘normal’ by then).

Thank you to those colleagues who have sent in abstracts, and to those doctoral students that have registered for the pre-conference workshops. We were impressed by the enthusiasm of colleagues for the network and the conference. We are very pleased to say that we would have been in position to accept all submissions to the conference and registrations for the pre-conference workshops. Those who have already submitted abstracts and pre-conference workshop registrations will not need to resubmit. Your submissions will count towards the new conference arrangements. 

Keep abstracts for the main conference and registrations for pre-conference workshops coming in so we can get a sense of future numbers. We are hoping to run the conference and pre-conference workshops in the same format although we realise that due to the unpredictability of the situation some things may have to change at short notice. Once we get a better sense of future planning in consultation with Loughborough University, we will send early notifications of a new timeline by email, Twitter and network website (http://ahrc-transitionaljustice.org.uk).

These are unprecedented and worrying times. Our first priority is the health and safety of our network members and their families, as well as all those whose work is vital for us in our universities and other places of work. 

Stay safe and keep sane in these strange times.

All the very best from the conference chairs (Cristian Tileagă & Lavinia Stan) and AHRC Network Manager (Rachel Armitage)


Submit your work to the Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Transitional Justice Conference, 8-9 July 2020, Loughborough University, UK.


Deadline for submissions extended to 15th March 2020


Abstract, title, author(s) name and institutional affiliation should be sent to our Conference Manager, Rachel Armitage (R.S.Armitage@lboro.ac.uk). 

Key dates

Abstract submission deadline 28 February 2020
Notification of acceptance 19 March 2020
Registration deadline 22 May 2020
Conference programme published 5 June 2020
Pre-conference workshops7-8 July 2020 
Conference8-9 July 2020

Abstracts of up to 200 words for presentations of 20 minutes are invited to be submitted by 28 February 2020. Presentations will be organized in thematic sessions. We also welcome panel and roundtable submissions with 4-5 speakers and discussant. 

Abstract, title, author(s) name and institutional affiliation should be sent to our Conference Manager, Rachel Armitage (R.S.Armitage@lboro.ac.uk). 

Unfortunately, due to constraints on space, we are unable to accommodate posters. However, we will accept blitz presentations (short 5-minute presentation in which authors present a poster in Prezi format in front of an audience). All blitz presentations will be organized in thematic sessions.

Any queries related to submissions should be addressed to the conference chairs, Cristian Tileagă (C.Tileaga@lboro.ac.uk) and Lavinia Stan (lstan@stfx.ca).


Pre-conference workshops (7-8 July 2020)

Fostering dialogue in heritage communication (7th July 2020)

Dr Alena Pfoser & Dr Guzel Yusupova (Loughborough University)


Exploring the Cold War visually (8th July 2020)

Dr Agata Fijalkowski (Leeds Law School)


Pre-conference workshops are open to postgraduate research students that are currently enrolled on a doctoral studies programme and post-docs in political science, history, law and criminal justice, media, journalism and communications, social psychology/sociology, human geography, religious studies, arts and languages, as well as digital humanities. Places are limited to 25 participants.  All places include free accommodation at the Loughborough University East Midlands campus.

Please submit proof of enrolment on a programme of doctoral studies or post-doc to our Conference Manager, Rachel Armitage (R.S.Armitage@lboro.ac.uk). Please secure your place as soon as possible – first come, first served!