At: 24/11/2021 6:00pm, in cooperation with:


Lana Lovrenčić (Institute for Art History Zagreb)

Anna Topolska (Independent Scholar, Poznań, Poland)

Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh (University of Michigan/ YAAANA)

Moderator: Anastasia Felcher (Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives, Budapest, Hungary)

Private archives, artist estates, and diaries, hosted by: -

A personal view: what does memory studies make of private archives, artist estates, and diaries?

This roundtable is dedicated to private archives, artists estates, diaries and their importance for memory studies. The participants will discuss different possibilities and approaches to this private and personal material, the epistemological potential that un-institutionalised and for the most part unstructured material in private archives has, and the value of it today. Assuming that collecting, and self-narrating is an (intentional or unintentional) identity-building process, and that „modern memory is, above all, archival” (Nora), we ask the question: how do individuals, or their inheritors, collect and/or narrate themselves at the intersection of private/public, and how do scholars and institutions (re-)interpret this material.


Lana Lovrenčić (Institute for Art History Zagreb) graduated in Art history and Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She is co-founder of the PoSoCoMeS working group. Her main fields of interest are photography, cultural heritage, memory practices and planning practices after WWII. She participated in a number of international projects, including Unfinished Modernizations, Heroes We Love, Forgotten Heritage. She is one of the initiators of the international collaborative platform (In)Appropriate Monuments. She has curated several exhibitions, the most recent being Archive as a Memory Construct. Memory as the Construct of Present-Day Social Discourses (2021). She organised two international conferences in Zagreb: Socialist Monuments and Modernism (2015) and War, Revolution and Memory: Post-War Monuments in Post-Communist Europe (2017) and was part of organisers and program committee for the 1st PoSoCoMeS conference (2020). In 2019 she organised 11th Photography Days of Tošo Dabac Archives: PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVES, importance, possibilities, perspectives and co-curated the accompanying exhibition. Currently she is doing her PhD on the topic of private photographic archives.


Anna Topolska (Independent Scholar, Poznań, Poland). Anna is a historian of Modern Eastern Europe (Phd in History from Adam Mickiewicz University; MA in History and Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from University of Michigan). She is a member of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. In 2007-2009 she was a visiting scholar at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests focus on visual studies and memory. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and is currently working on her first monograph “Memory and Visuality. Representations of the Second World War in Poznań Poland in the 20th and 21st centuries”. She is also an inheritor of the private archive after the well-known Polish historian Jerzy Topolski (1928-1998), which she manages together with Topolski’s widow, her mother. She’s a co-editor (with Ewa Domańska) of the book Jerzy Topolski. Theory and Methodology of Historical Knowledge. An Anthology (forthcoming, 2022).


Jana Mazurkiewicz Meisarosh (University of Michigan/ YAAANA). Jana is a PhD candidate in the Slavic Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is working on her dissertation on Yiddish Theater in Communist Warsaw. Originally from Poland, Jana holds a Master of Arts degree in Polish Philology and Jewish Studies from the University of Wrocław. She is the author of the book ” “Death or Resurrection? Contemporary Yiddish Theatre in Europe” (in Polish). Jana is not only a practicing academic but also an active theater artist and critic. She is an actor, director, playwright, and producer of Yiddish theater. In October 2017, she settled down in San Diego and launched the Yiddish Arts and Academics Association of North America (YAAANA –, Yiddishland California (, and Yiddish Theater Academy ( She works with Henryk Grynberg’s legacy, including his books, memoirs, and his collection of artwork.



Anastasia Felcher (Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives, Budapest, Hungary) Anastasia specializes in the cultural history of East European borderlands. She holds a PhD in Cultural Heritage Management and Development from the Scuola IMT Alti Studii Lucca (2016). She has received fellowships at the Blinken OSA in Budapest (2016), German Historical Institute in Moscow (2017), the Leibniz Institute for History and Culture of Eastern Europe in Leipzig (2019), and the Center for Advanced Studies in Sofia (2019-2020). In addition, she worked as a country expert for the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (2018–2019). She has published on the heritage of minorities in pluralistic societies, dilemmas of Jewish heritage in the post-Holocaust age, and literature and politics in Eastern Europe.