Current perspectives on memory | Balkan Wars

Virtual teacher's workshop | Campus UB
  • The Balkan Wars, and in particular the Bosnian War (1992-1995), will be addressed in the third session of our online course throughout the work developed by the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • This unique cultural institution was founded in 1945 and since 1993 became a space for dialogue about the past and different aspects of history and remembrance;
  • The session will be delivered Elma Hasimbegović, director of the museum.

About the speaker

Elma Hašimbegović is a historian and museum professional, born in Sarajevo. She holds MA and MPhil in medieval studies from Central European University (Budapest). Since 2001 she works at the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and since 2013 holds the position of museum director. She is a member of the National Commission of Bosnia and Herzegovina for Cooperation with UNESCO and member of the steering board of the Balkan Museum Network.

This online course certified by the University of Barcelona deals with the main issues related to historical memory and education from a transnational perspective. It aims to provide tools for school teachers to update contents and topics related to the transmission of history and memory in the European context, bringing together the voices of experts from different fields of study and geography. The course also facilitates networking between teachers and experts across Europe, promoting the interest in current memorial debates and encouraging potential lines of work in research and teaching in the field of historical memory.


Taking as a starting point the traumatic historical events that took place throughout the 20th century, the course “Current perspectives on memory” will address the main topics present in the European memorial debate, such as the World wars and the Spanish Civil War, the Holocaust, the Cold War, the Balkan Wars. Bringing together the voices of experts from different fields of study and geography, the cycle will facilitate reflection on issues related to the transmission of new historical and memorial narratives, and on how these models of transmission are being projected at the political, educational, or patrimonial level.


The three sessions have been organized online throughout the year and will last 1,5 hours.  In the first part of the session, the participants will attend a live keynote speech while in the second part they will interact with the speakers and establish an open dialogue on the most relevant points.

Prior to each online session, attendees will be provided with materials on the topics to be covered, including compulsory reading that will be recommended by each speaker.

The sessions will take place at the Virtual Campus of the University of Barcelona 


  • Secondary school teachers
  • University teaching and research staff
  • Educational agents in the field of heritage administration
  • Trainers


1st Session
April 27th | 4,00 pm-  5,30 pm
Remembering the German-German division. The Berlin Wall Memorial as a place for learning and commemoration.
Katrin Passens, coordinator of the Berlin Wall Memorial Education Service, and Sarah Bornhorst, Curator of Oral History at the Berlin Wall Foundation

2nd session
June | 4,00 pm-  5,30 pm
The Extermination of Children During the Holocaust.
Dominique Vidaud, director of the Maison d’Izieu Memorial

3rd session
September | 4,00 pm-  5,30 pm
The Balkan Conflict 30 Years Later
Elma Hasimbegović, director of the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina


David González Vázquez, European Observatory on Memories of the UB Solidarity Foundation


Sept 28, 2022 | Third session
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