- 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 in the auditorium of the House of European History.
- 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 >>>>
According to the historian Tony Judt, “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 with Martí Grau, curator at House of European History
11.00 am: Welcome session
Constanze Itzel, Head of Unit, House of European History
Jordi Guixé, Director of the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM)
11.15 am: Opening keynote
A broader view on politics on memory. Peter Vermeersch (Leuven University)
Chair: Martí Grau, House of European History
11.45 am: Roundtable 1 – Representatives of the European Commission
Europe for Citizens programme: future challenges. Pavel Tychtl (Policy officer, European Commission) and Gilles Pelayo (EACEA – Head of Unit, Europe for Citizens) | Chair: Jordi Guixé (EUROM)
1 pm: Lunch at Cafe Europa
2.30 pm: Trans European practices on memorial heritage
The Iron Curtain Trail. Michael Cramer (MEP)
Chair: Oriol López (EUROM)
3.30 pm: Roundtable 2 – Members of the European Parliament
Transnational group of Historical Memory. Ana Maria Gomes | Izaskun Bilbao Barandica | Ana Miranda Paz | Chair: Miguel Urban
4.45 pm: Coffee break
5 pm: Roundtable 3 – Civil society networks and projects
Best practices of remembrance initiatives. European Observatory on Memories (EUROM), European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS), Memorial de la Shoah, The Beit Project. Chair: Anna Cozzoli (EACEA – Head of Sector, Europe for Citizens)
6.30 pm: Closing and proposals