International conference “Illusive Reconciliation: Transitional Processes in Central and Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective”

Prague, Ljubljana – 20 August – The National Council of the Republic of Slovenia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Study Centre for National Reconciliation in collaboration with the Platform of European Memory and Conscience invite you to the international conference titled “Illusive Reconciliation: Transitional Processes in Central and Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective”, on 23 August 2021 at 9:00 a.m.Hall of the National Council, Šubičeva 4, Ljubljana.

Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes is linked to 23 August 1939, when the Hitler-Stalin Pact was signed, which paved the road that led to the World War II. Under totalitarian regimes, tens of millions of people were deported, tortured and murdered. Although the end of the World War II meant the defeat of the Nazi regime, many people in Central and Eastern Europe continued to suffer under the Communist regime. During the World War II, Slovenia was in the grip of three totalitarian regimes: National Socialism, Fascism and Communism. After the World War II, Communism blatantly violated fundamental human rights, freedoms and dignity for several decades. The victims of war and revolution are approaching the number 100,000, which is an immense number that requires a respectful memory of every individual. None of their names should be forgotten, deleted or besmirched. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Slovenia, the 25th anniversary of the Redressing of Injustices Act and the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the World War II in Slovenia, the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of the 2021 gave a favourable moment for legal and historical consideration of what has already been achieved in the area of reconciliation, redressing of injustices, punishing the guilty parties responsible for trampling human rights and thus the rule of law in the former Socialist countries.


Due to the situation regarding the Covid-19 epidemic, all interested parties can attend the live international conference at ZOOM (Slovene and English interpretation will be provided) as well as at https://drzavnisvet.si/ and through a link on the S-TV Skledar website (YouTube and Twitter ).


 

PROGRAMME OF THE CONFERENCE


09:00–09:10
OPENING

  • dr. Tomaž Ivešić, director of the Study Centre for National Reconciliation

09:10–09:30 INTRODUCTORY ADDRESS

  • Alojz Kovšca, president of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Janez Janša, prime minister of the Republic of Slovenia

FIRST PANEL – SLOVENIA

  • 09:30–09:50 dr. Peter Jambrek, New University (SI)European Political Culture of Rejection of All Totalitarianisms of the Twentieth Century – Communism, Fascism and National Socialism
  • 09:50–10:10 dr. Jernej Letnar Černič, New University (SI)Transitional Justice From Trieste to Szentgotthárd: Between Utopia and Reality
  • 10:10–10:30 dr. Janez Juhant, Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana (SI)The Legal and Political, Sociological, Psychological and Theological Bases of Reconciliation
  • 10:30–10:50 dr. Matic Batič, Study Centre for National Reconciliation (SI)Slovenian-Italian Reconciliation: Have We Already Reached the Goal or Are We Still on the Way?
  • 10:50–11:10 Debate

11:10–11:40 Break

SECOND PANEL – CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

  • 11:40–12:00 dr. Łukasz Kamiński, president of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience (PL) Dealing with Communist Past – the Polish Experience
  • 12:00–12:20 dr. Anemona Constantin, University of Bucharest (RO) The Contribution of Historians to the Reconciliation with the Past in Romania (2003-2006)
  • 12:20–12:40 dr. Peter Jašek, Nation’s Memory Institute (SK) Coming to Terms with the Communist Regime – the Slovak Case
  • 12:40–13:00 dr. Áron Máthé, Committee of National Remembrance (HU) A Moment in History that Passed: Possibilities of Transitional Justice in Hungary During the Regime Change and its Legacy
  • 13:00–13:20 Debate and concluding thoughts

13:30 CONCLUSION