Pre-conference workshops 7-8 July 2020

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 ( Please secure your place as soon as possible – first come, first served!

7thJuly 2020

Workshop Convenor: Dr Alena Pfoser & Dr Guzel Yusupova (Loughborough University)

Fostering dialogue in heritage communication

How do we talk about contested histories in a way that encourages understanding and dialogue with the ‘other’? In the workshop we will analyse excerpts from tour guide narratives and interviews with tour guides who work in settings shaped by memory conflict. We will talk about risks in heritage communication and identify productive and less productive strategies for communicating difficult topics. 


Dr Alena Pfoser is a Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at Loughborough University. She is currently Principal Investigator on the ESRC funded project “Tourism as Memory-Making: Heritage and Memory Wars in Post-Soviet Cities” (2019-2021), exploring the production of cultural memories in Russian tourism in the former Soviet space. The project is based participant observations of guided tours and interviews with tourists and tour guides in three selected cities, Tallinn, Kyiv and Almaty and seeks to improve heritage communication in collaboration with tourism stakeholders. Alena’s previous research has focused on memory, place-making and the construction of territorial borders. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals such as Memory Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, European Urban and Regional Studies and Journal for Ethnic and Migration studies.

Dr Guzel Yusupova holds a PhD in Sociology from the European University at Saint-Petersburg. She is currently working as a RA in ESRC funded project “Tourism as Memory-Making” at Loughborough University. Prior to her work on the project, she was COFUND Junior Research Fellow at Durham University. Her research project at Durham formed part of the AHRC-funded Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) and focused on minority nationalisms, language attitudes and inter-ethnic solidarity in the Russian Federation. Her broader research interests include nationalism, sociology of ethnicity, qualitative and digital methodology, Russian state and society. Her papers have been published in journals such as Social Science Quarterly, Nations and Nationalism, Problems of Post-Communism, Nationalities Papers, and National Identities, as well as in various edited volumes. 

8thJuly 2020

Workshop Convenor: Dr Agata Fijalkowski (Leeds Law School)

Exploring the Cold War Visually

Do photographs speak legally? This workshop will consider this question in connection with the dispensation of justice in the immediate post-WW2 period. We will look at images, archival materials, specific vignettes and readings – with the aim to engage, challenge and unpack key legal historical narratives about justice from that particular time frame.

Bio: Originally from Chicago, Dr Agata Fijalkowski is Reader at Leeds Law School. Agata has published extensively in the area of transitional justice, including the co-edited volume Transitional Criminal Justice in Post-Dictatorial and Post-Conflict Societies (Intersentia 2015). She is concerned with the (mal)administration of justice in former Communist states, in particular in the immediate post-WW2 period. Her research is distinctly interdisciplinary. She has vast experience in archival work and has researched in Albania, Germany, Poland, Romania and the UK. Agata is in the process of completing Law, Visual Culture and the Show Trial, for GlassHouse Books (Routledge). The monograph considers photographs of trials from the period 1944-1957 in Albania, East Germany and Poland. It contends that these photographs ‘speak legally’. The work’s distinct novelty lies in unravelling the cultural, historical, and political implications of visualising law from the images themselves.