About 9th European Remembrance Symposium

    Memory and Identity in Europe: Presence and Future

    Due to global concerns regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and to protect the health of the Symposium participants, the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, together with its main partner, the Estonian Institute for Historical Memory decided to postpone the 9th European Remembrance Symposium ‘Memory and Identity in Europe: the Presence and Future’ and related events of 4 - 6 May 2020 in Tallinn.

    However, we are pleased to announce that a new date of the 9th European Remembrance Symposium is scheduled for 11-13 May 2021. The place, mission, and programme of the 9th edition of the Symposium will remain the same.

    Should you have any follow-up questions, please contact the event coordinator, Ms Maria Naimska (maria.naimska@enrs.eu).

    The aim of the 9th European Remembrance Symposium is to discuss the role of history and memory in creating contemporary European identity. During this year’s event, special attention will be given to the mission, programme and best practices of institutions dealing with 20th-century European history.

    Diversity of European memory, among others, is a result of a long period marked by border changes and conflicts, dictatorships and acts of terror. Over the last decades, historical debates and memory politics in Europe have been particularly challenging. Different experiences in the East and West during the 20th century have shaped an ambiguous memory setting. Historical discussions regarding East-Central Europe have been difficult and complex due to the experience of two totalitarianisms driven by Communist and National Socialist ideologies. The marking of 75 years after the end of the Second World War, one of the most significant turning points in European history, serves as a timely occasion to reflect upon the current state and future perspectives of European memory. This year’s Symposium will take place in Tallinn, a city occupied several times in the last century by the Russian and German Empires, Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, and thereby intrinsically exemplifying this complex history.

    Issues related to history and commemoration of certain events and historical figures have become increasingly prominent in academic, political and public discourse. Various institutions with a wide range of activities strive to take part in shaping public perception of history on local, regional, national and transnational levels. Amid a plethora of projects, some foster dialogue and greater understanding among Europeans, while others act as tools for promoting stereotypes or (re-)inflaming conflicts. In the light of the latest developments in the discussion about history and identity in Europe, we invite practitioners in the field of historical education to discuss their everyday challenges, including successful and failed projects. Furthermore, a special session will be devoted to short overviews (known as ‘turbo presentations’) of innovative projects dealing with European history and memory.

    Main partner of this year’s edition: Estonian Institute of Historical Memory

    Venue: Tallinn Creative Hub, Cauldron Hall
    Dates: 11 - 13 May 2021
    Languages: English & Estonian, simultaneous translation


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