November 12-13, 2020

Pandemic crisis led to the decision to hold social events at distance. Our conference will be carried out on-line, and partly at UL premises.

Oral history and life story researchers’ group in the UL Institute of Philosophy and Sociology invites you to the conference to seek for new connections between the study of generations, migration and memory. We aim to break new ground by revealing the light that each one of our conceptual fields can throw upon the others.

We expect papers that consider processes contributing to generational identity creation and individual identification with a particular generation. Factors such as age cohort, historical continuities and discontinuities and biographical disruption may be explored.

The papers from a range of academic disciplines which relate to the subject matter of the conference are welcome. Topics for presentation include but are not confined to:

  • In what ways is awareness of generational belonging gained? The role of historical experience, age, biographical disruption, etc;
  • Intergenerational transmission of memory: devices, form, performance;
  • Collective memory as an agency forming generational values;
  • Ethnicity in the intergenerational transmission of memory;
  • Memories travelling through space and time: intergenerational transmission of memory in exile;
  • A generational biographical narrative: fiction, construction, or reality?

We welcome life history material that is subjected to theoretical scrutiny – the papers that seamlessly combine theoretical insights with empirical material.

Working language of the conference: English.

On behalf of the Conference board –

Edmunds Šūpulis, researcher at UL Institute of Philosophy and Sociology

Conference organizational committee:

Vieda Skultans, University of Latvia, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology

Maija Runcis, Stockholm University, Department of History

Tiiu Jaago, University of Tartu, Folklore Studies

Agita Lūse, Riga Stradiņš University, Faculty of Communication, and University of Latvia

Maruta Pranka, University of Latvia, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology

Edmunds Šūpulis, University of Latvia, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology


The conference is held in cooperation with