Taking stock of European Memory Policies

EUROM Network Meeting 2018

  • The European Observatory of Memories (EUROM) of the University of Barcelona and the House of European History (HEH) jointly host a one-day open conference to discuss the role of the policies of the past for the democratic improvement of our societies.
  • The meeting will gather academicians, representatives of trans-European organizations and networks, and those responsible for memory policies at a European level, highlighting the work and the different actors’ active in the field of memory and remembrance.

The conference will take place on June 5 at the auditorium of the House of European History. The institutional opening will feature Constanze Itzel, Head of Unit of the HEH, and Jordi Guixé, director of the EUROM. The keynote speech will be delivered by Peter Vermeersch, professor at the University of Leuven and senior researcher at the Institute for International and European Policy (IIEB).


Attendance is free, registration is required >>>>


MEETING 2018(1)



Tony Judt said that “the post-national Europe, the one of the welfare state, cooperative and peaceful, was not born of the optimistic, ambitious and progressive project that today’s euro-idealistic imagined from pure retrospective; it was the fruit of an insecure anxiety. Harassed by the ghost of history, its leaders carried out social reforms and founded new institutions as a prophylactic measure to hold the past at bay.”

The ghost of history was at the foundation of the common European project, but keeping the past at bay was – and is – impossible. Since the end of the twentieth century, especially, memory has become a cultural and political battlefield where stories about the past have a hegemonic vocation. These conflicts have required a European response, a response in the form of management, in the form of a public policy of memory.


9.00 am
Guided visit to the permanent exhibition of the House of European History
by Martí Grau,

11.00 am
Institutional opening
Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration,
Home Affairs and Citizenship (TBC); Constanze Itzel, Head of Unit, House of European History; Jordi Guixé, Director of EUROM.

11.15 am
“A broader view on politics on memory”
Peter Vermeersch (Leuven University)

11.45 am
Roundtable 1: European institutions
Future challenges for the European Memory Policies

1.00 pm

2.30 pm
Trans-European practices on memorial heritage
The Iron Courtain Trail
Michael Cramer (MEP)

3.30 pm
Roundtable 2: MEP’s transnational group of Historical Memory

5.00 pm
Roundtable 3: Transnational organizations and projects
“Best practices on remembrance projects developed by civil society”

Conclusions and proposals



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