EUROM advocates for a multiplicity of memories. National histories are much more interconnected than they may initially appear. If we work to respect their multiplicity and diversity, we can avoid the issue of memorial competition and the competition for victims.
A plurality of memories shapes Europe’s current democratic system and its present socio-political map. The best way to confront these diverse and often conflicting memories is to analyze, manage and disseminate them through a transnational work. This work should be developed from the analysis and study of commemorative initiatives, but also through the analysis of silences and omissions. The study of the politics of memory in the 21st century must therefore be approached from a transnational perspective. It is this challenge that requires us to create a solid network of partners with permanent and professional commitments.
Europe has entered into the 21st century at a time of much political and historical development, a time often marked by turmoil or catastrophe. It is no surprise that the 21st century began with a “memorial boom”. In most countries, memory (whose veins are often conflictual and transgressive) is managed by the authorities, which leads to competition between different memories or even a memorial saturation, a term used by authors like Ricoeur and Régine Robin. The decade of 2010-2020 is certainly full of opportunities; it is a decade for analysis, enforcement, transnational work and learning.
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