Making memories to build peace

Argumenta BCN 2023

The EUROM is one of the accredited voices participating in the fourth edition of ‘Argumenta BCN’, a thought cycle organized by the Directorate of Culture and Education in the Neighbourhoods of the Institute of Culture of Barcelona. The twenty conversations programmed for this year will deal with the construction of peace as a measure to prevent conflicts from exploding into violence. From physical violence or wars to structural or symbolic violence, all of them expressions of inequalities. In the three-day conversation series ‘Making memories to build peace‘, the members of our team will dialogue with the social psychologist Marisela Montenegro on how democratic societies are reconstructed by recognizing and repairing the damages caused by conflicts in their past.

The conversations will be moderated by the journalists Marta Ballesta and Joao França, curators of the cyle, and will bring to discussion how should memory and forgetting be articulated to make an environment of peace possible, taking into account that democratic societies must be able to build their histories by recognizing the damage and moving towards a more just future.


Thursday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m
CC Torre Llobeta
Moderator: Marta Ballesta

Wednesday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m
CC Sant Martí
Moderator: João França

Thursday, May 25, at 7:00 p.m
CC El Sortidor
Moderator: Marta Ballesta

About the speakers

Marisela Montenegro
Graduated in Psychology from the Central University of Venezuela and obtained a doctorate in Social Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is a professor in the Department of Social Psychology (UAB). She is a member of the working group on Collective Memories and Practices of Resistance of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences. Her research interests include the critical analysis of social intervention processes, social movements, and collective memory from feminist and postcolonial perspectives.

Marta Ballesta. Journalist.
Graduated in Humanities and Journalism, a master’s degree in Arab and Islamic World, and a postgraduate degree in Communication and Corporate Image Management. She has worked for Catalunya Ràdio, iCat FM, RNE – Ràdio 4, XTVL, and currently works for Barcelona’s local television, betevé. She has also been a collaborating professor in the Master’s program in journalism and digital communication at UOC, has worked in the third sector, and has been involved in various cultural projects, especially in urban art.

João França. Journalist.
Graduated in Humanities with a MA degree in Anthropology and Ethnography. He works telling stories of people organizing to build a more habitable world. He has written Habitar la trinxera, Retrats de la Barcelona comunitària, and La PAH: manual de uso, and directed El fil rosa, about the LGTBI movement. He is a professor in the BaPIS program at UPF.

Celeste Muñoz. EUROM project manager.
Postdoctoral Researcher at the UNED and project manager collaborator at European Observatory on Memories (EUROM), PhD by the University of Barcelona. Her research focuses on the study of Spanish colonialism in Africa from a legal, political and memorial perspective and on colonial reparations. Her findings have been published in her dissertation thesis and in several papers on topics such as Franco’s autocracy in Guinea, colonial violence, legal pluralism in Africa, migrations and the problematization of colonial sources. Furthermore, her research has also been presented at various international conferences and has been widely disseminated to both specialized and general audiences in a variety of media. Additionally, she has participated in many research projects, including a study on colonial heritage in museums led by the FSUB and the University of Barcelona.

Núria Ricart. EUROM collaborator
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona, PhD in Public Space and Urban Regeneration (2009), and main Investigator at Public Art and Memory Project. She collaborates with the European Observatory on Memories in the development of public art and memory projects. Her research focuses on monumentality, public art, public space and memory. Her main projects, exhibitions and academic publications are accessible from her institutional web profile.

Jordi Guixé. EUROM director
PhD in History from the University of Paris III Sorbonne and Adjunct Professor at the University of Barcelona. His research focuses on the study and analysis of memory/remembrance policies in Europe and their relation to heritage, the forms of artistic expression in the public space as instruments for the transmission of memory, the analysis of the museographic discourses of interpretation centers and European museums, the European wars in the 20th century and the international relations and diplomacy.


April - June, 2023


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