Communication and memory: inter-generational transfer

The communication of representations of the past between generations or within the same generation of a social group (family) represents an important process of reflection and transmission of experience and information. Through memory, individuals or group (family) members identify themselves with the events, phenomena, processes and personalities that the group considers important.
The study of (inter-generational) communication of a group as a community with a memory enables the observation of the process of active, joint shaping of the past in communication and in the process of filling vacant places in stories by their audience.

This panel will be a special facilitated discussion - where academics will discuss chosen topics prepared in advance. 

Chaired by

Monika Vrzgulová



Éva Kovács (Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Austria / Center for Social Sciences, HAS, Budapest, Hungary)
Janina Hajduk-Nijakowska (Instytut Polonistyki i Kulturoznawstwa Uniwersytetu Opolskiego, Poland)
Jana Nosková (Institute of Ethnology, branch Brno, Czech Academy of Sciences)
Ľubica Voľanská (Institute of Ethnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic)
Soňa G. Lutherová (Institute of Ethnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Monika Vrzgulová (Institute of Ethnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia) – discussion leader

Chosen topics

  • What kind of strategy does the oldest generation use when passing down the memory (strategy of “silence” included)?
  • How do two successive generations cope with the experience of the generation that has lived through the experience?
  • Which specific experiences of their parents and grandparents influence the children and grandchildren and how do they integrate the experience into their own life stories and identities?
  • How do children and grandchildren participate in the creation of family memory?
  • What policies of remembering / memory do the existing elites use?
  • In what ways do they disseminate them and do these ways /strategies change with time? 
  • How does cultural memory influence the family memory?
  • In what ways are material objects connected to the individual and collective identity making and memory?
  • How is the theme of property related to the process of identity-making?
  • How do different research methods and methodological approaches influence the way we think about the memory and identity?
  • What are the differences in written and oral forms of narratives?
  • What implications do narratives transmitted in the family have on the current behavior of its members?
  • Reflection of the fieldwork  – the role of the researcher
  • The "tacit knowledge" of the fieldwork, or how social scientists and fieldworkers can communicate their experiences with the younger generations of researchers (the limits of the interview method and memory studies)
  • Social / cultural memory without remembrance rituals (the case of the memory of socialism in intergenerational communication)