Program konferencije “Jasenovac Past and Present: History and Memory of Institutionalised Destruction”

Objavljen je program konferencije “Jasenovac: prošlost i sadašnjost – povijest i sjećanje na institucionalno uništenje” koja će se održati u Beogradu i Zagrebu 24. i 26. ožujka 2020. godine.



Recent years have seen an increase in public debates and controversies concerning the Jasenovac camp complex, built in August 1941 after the establishment of the Independent State of Croatia (Nezavisna Država Hrvatska, NDH). Concurrently, scholars are fast approaching a consensus regarding life and death in the camp, while beginning to explore how its memory affects present-day societies in Serbia, Croatia and other parts of the former Yugoslavia.

The conference Jasenovac Past and Present: History and Memory of Institutionalised Destruction is scheduled for 24–26 March 2020 and will gather a team of international experts to examine the history and memory of Jasenovac by critically analysing an intricate web of connections transcending past and present. Scholars will revisit long-standing historical controversies and present new research findings, but also gain a better understanding of how the memory of the camp has changed over the years.

By connecting local history and memory with wider European trends, the conference will pave the way for increased research cooperation across national borders, while helping to situate Jasenovac more firmly in European consciousness as an important locality of the Holocaust. It will furthermore engage with media, policymakers, educators and the public at large, thus helping to counter the distortions and manipulations that continue to plague public debates and perceptions about the camp.

The various activities will take place during three consecutive days in Belgrade, Jasenovac and Zagreb in order to achieve the highest impact in the societies most affected by the painful heritage represented by Jasenovac. They will combine scientific panel discussions with several public events that seek to

  • increase knowledge about the state-of-the-art in terms of research
  • stimulate regional and wider international research cooperation
  • connect the history and memory of Jasenovac to broader European trends
  • inspire discussion about the camp in the public domain
  • raise awareness about manipulations, distortions and denial pertaining to Jasenovac


23 March: Belgrade

  • Panel discussion: “Jasenovac in Serbo-Croat Relations”

24 March: Belgrade

  • Keynote address by Ulrich Herbert, Albert-Ludwig University, Freiburg:
    “Jasenovac and the Concentration Camp System in Europe”
  • Panels:
    • Genocide and Mass Killing in the NDH
    •  Victims in the Jasenovac Camp Complex
    • Perpetrator Perspectives
    • Estimations and Statistics of Death Tolls

26 March: Zagreb

  • Introductory Lecture by Tomislav Dulić, Uppsala University:
    “Linking the Past and Present: Distortion and Denial in Perspective”
  • Panels:
    • Social Memory about Persecution in the NDH
    • Memorialising Jasenovac in Comparative Perspective
    •  Jasenovac and Educational Practice


Do you want to know more? Are you interested in attending the conference? Please download the programme by clicking the link below. To be guaranteed seating, please pre-register via email, writing “Pre-registration” in the message subject field. You will then immediately receive a confirmation, but you can of course also join us on the day of the conference if seats are available.


Belgrade programme, 24 March 2020