PR: European organizations discuss the present and future of memory policies in Europe

Date:
07/12/2020

  • Jointly organized by the EUROM, the House of European History and the Jean Monnet House, the meeting proposes to take stock of European memory policies;
  • It will be held online on 9 and 10 December.

The European Observatory on Memories (EUROM) of the Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona, in collaboration with the Jean Monnet House and the House of European History (HEH) of the European Parliament, organize the third annual meeting “Taking Stock of European Memory Policies”. The meeting will bring together academics, representatives of trans-European memory organizations and networks, and memory policymakers at the European level, to discuss the present and future of memory policies. All sessions will be online and broadcast on Youtube. Attendance is free and open to the public, but prior registration is recommended.

The challenges of historical memory policies are as diverse as the memories themselves. They are present at a local, national and international level, especially in a period in which we are adapting to new methods of transmission and dissemination. At such a complex time, we need to pay attention to changes and the continuity of public programs within the framework of European policies. Against this backdrop, the meeting aims to become a forum for sharing good practices and new ideas that can contribute to the agenda of European historical memory projects in this new context.

One of the main challenges for the development of European memory policies is how to deal with experiences and stories of violence, fear and shame arising from collective crimes of the last century that are transmitted through inter and intra-family relationships. This is precisely the topic that will be addressed in the dialogue table “Will the past change the future?” (December 9, 5.10 pm), with the participation of Géraldine Schwarz, journalist and author of the award-winning book Those who forget. My Family Story in Nazi Europe (2017); Marianne Hirsh, Professor of English Language and Comparative Literature at Columbia University (USA), and Professor at the Institute for Research in Women, Gender and Sexuality, and Siobhan Kattago, Researcher in Practical Philosophy at the Institute of Humanities and Semiotics from the University of Tartu (Estonia). The debate seeks to provide an opportunity to address and think about how the traumatic and multiple memories of twentieth-century horror stories could lead to a future in which those events do not unfold again.

 

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