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    12th European Remembrance Symposium

    Commemorating and narrating freedom

    ‘For Freedom – Ours and Yours’ is a phrase coined by the 19th-century Polish independence activist Joachim Lelewel during the November Uprising against the Russian invader in 1830–31, one of the prime Polish independence uprisings. It has entered the repertoire of Polish cultural memory, becoming one of the most inclusive national mottoes during the darkest periods of Polish history in the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Aspirations for independence and accompanying freedom slogans also played a similar role in the history of the countries of Europe (and beyond) throughout the 20th century, which was marked by two world wars, various civil wars, Nazism and the Holocaust, fascism, communism as well as authoritarianism.  

    What does freedom mean today and what did it mean throughout the historical period discussed above? How did both the struggle for freedom and its celebration become enshrined in the region’s cultural and historical memory? How has freedom been commemorated in museum narratives and how is it commemorated today? These questions are among the key ones running through this year’s European Remembrance Symposium.
    Starting from philosophical perspective that defines freedom not only by its absence and efforts to regain it (freedom from enslavement, persecution, occupation, etc.), but also by social agency and responsibility (freedom of choice, assembly, freedom of speech, religion, human rights, minority rights, etc.), we will look at various narratives within the broader memory of freedom in selected museums of Europe and the world.

    The participants of the symposium will examine the spaces of the newest and most popular historical museums. For decades they played a special role in the creation of historical and cultural memory of different generations as sites for generating particularly evocative images and narratives about the past, spaces for displaying a variety of memory mediums, places for mediating (national and cross-national) historical policies, and as institutions that engage visitors in co-creation of narratives about the past (participatory museums).

    Taking into account the dynamically changing technologies and increasingly advanced tools for visualising the past, so crucial to popularising history and the educational process, during the planned discussions we will also explore both the enormous opportunities and as well as the threats introduced by the highly appealing tools of engagement used in education and museum presentations, including AI, VR and immersive media, among others.

    Venue: Polish History Museum, Warsaw
    Dates: 21 — 24 May 2024

    Programme

    Day 1 – Tuesday 21 May

    14:00—15:00   Registration and lunch

    15:00—15:30   Welcome speeches

    15:30—17:30   Debate: Freedom as a current challenge for public history and civic education
    How do contemporary conflicts shape our understanding of history? How can we navigate the complexities of freedom in public discourse? What new policy priorities can we implement to foster more informed civic education on the challenges of freedom in European and global societies?

    Panellists:
    Maria Luz Martínez Seijo, Congress of Deputies of Spain, Madrid

    Georgiy Kasianov, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin
    Barbara Walshe, Dialogue and Restorative Justice Faciliator, Expertise Support at the ENRS
    Moderation: Rafał Rogulski, European Network Remembrance and Solidarity


    17:30—19:30   Reception: cocktails and dinner

    19:30—20:30   Concert: Jazz Band Młynarski-Masecki



    Day 2 – Wednesday 22 May

    08:00–09:00 Registration

    09:00–10:30  Opening Panel: Grand narratives and conceptualisations of freedom

    How is freedom understood in national narratives of the past? How does it go beyond these frameworks and how are narratives of civil rights and liberties, minority rights, freedom of speech or freedom of religion told and conceptualised?

    Panellists:
    Simina Badica, House of European History, Brussels
    Barbara
    Glück, Mauthausen Memorial

    Robert Kostro, Polish History Museum , Warsaw
    Audrey Whitty, National Library of Ireland, Dublin

    Moderation: Dorottya Baczoni, House of Terror Museum, Budapest

    10:30–11:00   Coffee break

    11:00–12:30    Case Studies – Symbols of regained/lost freedom
    How is the memory of freedom commemorated in material public space? A showcase of projects by members of institutions, historians, memory researchers and cultural scientists.


    Panellists:
    Maria Axinte, Pitesti Prison Memorial Foundation, Pitesti
    Anna Bernhardt, Kultura Paryska, Maisons-Laffitte

    Vjeran Pavlaković, University of Rijeka
    Ihor Poshyvailo, Maidan Museum, Kyiv
    Florian Traussnig, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, Graz

    Aleksandra Kumala, FestivALT, Kraków
    Lead by Magdalena Żelazowska, ENRS, Warsaw

    12:30–13:30   Turbo presentations
    During the turbo presentations, participants showcase their organisation or project to the symposium’s audience. Each speaker has up to 90 seconds. The topics have to be connected with the general theme of the symposium. 

    13:30—14:30  Lunch and coffee break

    14:30–16:30   Parallel panel discussions:
    1.            Historical education: freedom and modern technologies
    A meeting of educators, teachers and experts to discuss strategies and good practice in teaching about the past. How is history education different today, given the variety of teaching formats available? What are the challenges and opportunities it faces? Should free access to different sources of historical knowledge and (educational) tools, such as artificial intelligence or social media, be restricted?

    Panellists:
    Emma Nardi, International Council of Museums, Rome

    Wojciech Soczewica, Auschwitz Memorial
    Bistra Stoimenova, The European Association of History Educators, Hague
    Elias Stouraitis, Ionian University, Korfu online
    Moderation: Michał Przeperski, Polish History Museum, Warsaw


    2.            Screening of the documentary
    The Cold War Files TVP Historia 2018
    Read more about the documentary.


    Discussion of Rafał Rogulski with the author: Andrzej Mietkowski

    16:30—16:45 Coffee Break

    16:45—18:15   Participation in museums: shaping museum narratives
    Museum representatives talk of their own experiences. Audience engagement (interactivity, participation, expectations of the public) and its impact on museum narratives. The commercialisation of cultural institutions and museums.

    Panellists:
    Martin Klimza, Museum of Victims of Communism, Košice
    Paolo Pezzino, National Museum of Resistance in Milan

    Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Malmö University
    Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska, Museum of Warsaw

    Moderation: John Beauchamp, Free Range Productions, Warsaw

    Day 3 –Thursday 23 May

    09:15–09:45   Registration

    10:00     Cultural visits to choose from:
    1.            Warsaw Rising Museum + Warsaw Ghetto and Jewish Cemetery

    2.           POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews + Museum of Cursed Soldiers and Political Prisoners of the Polish People’s Republic
    3.           Palmiry Museum – Memorial Site
    4.           Auschwitz Memorial (online tour) + Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek



    Day 4 – Friday 24 May

    09:15–10:00   Registration

    10:00—11:30  Workshops and mentoring sessions in following fields:
    1.            Data monsters in contested heritage records, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Malmö University.   Read more.
    2.            Use of AI in the cultural and educational projects, David Sypniewski, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw. Read more.
    3.            The power of dialogue. Managing projects involving historically conflicted sides, Barbara Walshe, Dialogue and Restorative Justice Faciliator, Expertise Support at the ENRS Read more.

    4.            Fundraising for historical and educational projects, Beata Drzazga and Iwona Szelewa, ENRS, Warsaw. Read more.

    11:30—12:00   Coffee break

    12:00–14:00   Summary and round table discussion: Freedom and Remembrance in the intergenerational dialogue
    How does the memory of freedom evolve? How is it understood and remembered by the generations that have lived through totalitarianisms? What are the similarities and the differences between successive generations when it comes to thinking about and cultivating freedom?

    Panellists:
    Łukasz Kamiński, National Ossoliński Institute, Wrocław
    Laura Kolbe, University of Helsinki
    Martin Andreller, Estonian Institute of Historical Memory, Tallinn
    Miloš Řezník, German Historical Institute Warsaw
    Moderation: Hanna Liubakova, journalist, Belarus

    14:00—14:15  Closing remarks


    15:15—15:15  Lunch

    Registration

    Thank you to everyone who registered; event registration is now closed.

    Speakers

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    Martin Andreller

    Estonian Institute of Historical Memory, Estonia

    Martin Andreller is a board member at the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory, Tallinn. He graduated from Tallinn University’s Institute of History in 2010. His main interest in historical research is resistance to the Soviet regime after the end of the Second World War. He has published articles in Estonian and foreign periodicals, and has been a curator and producer of several exhibitions on the topic of totalitarian regimes and crimes against humanity. Between 2007 and 2019, he worked as a researcher and curator in different museums and institutions.

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    Maria Axinte

    Pitesti Prison Memorial Foundation, Romania

    Maria Axinte was the founder of the Pitesti Prison Memorial Foundation and of the Museum of Communism for Children. She is a museologist, a graduate of University of the Arts London and the University of Bucharest, UNESCO Chair, MBA programme. Over the past ten years, she has been coordinating events and projects related to communist repression in Romania and has developed educational programmes about political detention for the young people. Since 2018 Maria Axinte has been a member of the Scientific Council, Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile. Since 2022 she has been a member of the supervisory board of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience.

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    Dorottya Baczoni

    Terror Háza Múzeum, Hungary

    Dorottya Baczoni is a historian who received her BA degrees in history and French from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, in 2012 and in International Studies from Corvinus University of Budapest in 2013. She graduated with an MA specialising in modern Hungarian history from Eötvös Loránd University in 2014. She defended her PhD thesis in early 2024. She started working at the House of Terror Museum, Budapest, in 2009. Between 2018 and 2019 she was head of the Department for Strategic Planning and Analysis in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. She returned to the House of Terror Museum in 2019 and, since March 2021, has been the director of the Institute of the Twentieth Century.

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    Simina Badica

    House of European History, Belgium

    Simina Bădică is curator for the House of European History in Brussels, where she has curated the exhibitions Fake for Real: A History of Forgery and Falsification (2021) and the forthcoming Presence of the Past: A European Album (2025). Between 2006 and 2017 she was curator, researcher and head of the Ethnological Archives at the Romanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest. She holds a PhD in history from the Central European University on curating communism in post-war and post-communist museums.

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    Anna Bernhardt

    Kultura Paryska, France

    Anna Bernhardt was studying at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, when she became involved in the activities of the Students’ Solidarity Committee, In August 1980 she helped found Solidarity and the Independent Students’ Union. She travelled to the West in 1981, and was held up in Paris owing to the impositition of martial law in Poland. She collaborated with Polish and Russian émigré circles. Since 2009 she has been with the Kultura Literary Institute Association, where, among other things, she organises the kulturaparyska.com portal. Since 2019 she has headed the Kultura Literary Institute at Maisons-Laffitte and the Polish Foundation for Parisian Culture.

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    John Beauchamp

    Free Range Productions, Poland

    John Beauchamp is a Polish-British journalist and one of the most prominent English voices in Poland. He worked for Polish Radio for over a decade, and currently produces podcasts for the Polish Press Agency (PAP). He teaches journalism, and has also worked on a number of innovative audio projects in both Polish and English, including geolocated ‘soundwalks’ for Culture.pl. He is one of the founders of Free Range Productions, an independent audio storytelling company. You can also hear his voice on the Warsaw subway.

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    Urszula Bijoś

    EUROPEAN NETWORK REMEMBRANCE AND SOLIDARITY, POLAND

    Urszula Bijoś has graduated with a MA in History from the Institute of History (University of Warsaw). She also studied one semester at the Paul-Valery III University in Montpellier (France). Her field of interests focuses on popularization of XXth century history and culture of remembrance. Before joining ENRS, she worked for several years in non-governmental sector creating educational materials for schools and training the teachers. She is the co-author of the guidebooks 'Cities of Memory' about places of memory in Berlin and Bucharest.

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    Beata Drzazga

    EUROPEAN NETWORK REMEMBRANCE AND SOLIDARITY, POLAND

    Beata Drzazga graduated from University of Warsaw with two master's degrees in Hungarian Philology (2012) & Management (2014) with specialisation in Organisation Development Consulting. She spent two semesters at the Faculty of Humanities of the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest and completed an internship in Balassi Institute Hungarian Cultural Centre in London during the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Throughout her university education she took opportunities to try various approaches to management, working in both the public and private sectors. She joined the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity in 2013. Since 2021 she has held a role of Head of Strategy & Development Department. She is a passionate museum and gallery visitor and an enthusiast of design, art, and creative-based endeavours.

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    Barbara Glück

    Mauthausen Memorial, Austria

    Barbara Glück is director of the Mauthausen Memorial (KZ-Gedenkstätte Mauthausen) and holds PhDs in both history and political science. Glück has developed commemorative work in Austria: heading up the Mauthausen Memorial for 18 years and transforming the site of the former Gusen concentration camp into a European place of remembrance. She has focused her work on political education in both a historical and international context. Glück has completed a six-month fellowship at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC, and has been awarded the Henrietta and Friedrich Torberg Medal.

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    Łukasz Kamiński

    National Ossoliński Institute, Poland

    Łukasz Kamiński is a historian, specialising in the history of communism and anticommunist resistance. He is an assistant professor at University of Wrocław. From 2000 to 2016, he worked for the Institute of National Remembrance, and was its president from 2011 to 2016. From 2017 to 2021 he was the president of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience, and since 2022 he has been the director of the National Ossoliński Institute in Wrocław. He is the co-editor (with Grzegorz Waligóra) of the history of Solidarity (in 6 volumes, Warsaw 2010).

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    Georgiy Kassianov

    Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, POLAND

    Until 2021 Georgiy Kasianov was head of the Department of Contemporary History and Politics at the Institute of the History of Ukraine. He is an author, co-author, editor and co-editor of more than 20 monographs and collections of essays and about 200 articles on the history of Ukraine from the 19th to 21st century, the history of Ukrainian intelligentsia, the history of ideas and the politics of memory in Central-Eastern Europe and Russia. His most recent monograph is Memory Crash: Politics of History in and around Ukraine (Budapest/Vienna/New York, 2022).

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    Martin Klimza

    Museum of Victims of Communism, Slovakia

    Martin Klimza graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2021 with a degree in modern history. In his dissertation he researched how the experience of the invasion of the Warsaw Pact in 1968 affected the decision making of people in regards to the Velvet Revolution in 1989. After graduating he returned to Slovakia and started working in the Museum of Victims of Communism, where he is in charge of education and workshops focused on secondary school students. Klimza is currently undertaking a PhD at the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University.

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    Laura Kolbe

    University of Helsinki, Finland

    Laura Kolbe is professor of European history at the University of Helsinki. She is author of Helsinki, the Daughter of the Baltic Sea, editor of Finnish Cultural History I-V and co-editor of the series History of Metropolitan Development in Helsinki – post 1945. Kolbe’s latest research deals with urban governance, city halls and municipal policy-making in Helsinki and Scandinavian capital cities during the 21st century. Kolbe is founder and chair of the Finnish Society for Urban Studies (2000). She was president of the International Planning History Society from 2007 to 2012. She is currently the chair for history committee of the City of Helsinki.

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    Robert Kostro

    Polish History Museum, Poland

    Robert Kostro is a historian and director of the Polish History Museum in Warsaw. He served as director of the Foreign Affairs Office at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. He co-created the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and was its programme director. Mr Kostro is a member of many advisory and scientific committees in museums and culture institutions including the National Museum in Kraków, the National Ossoliński Institute, as well as the chairman of the advisory board of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity. Kostro is the author of numerous articles published in collective works and periodicals.

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    Aleksandra Kumala

    FestivALT, Kraków

    Aleksandra Kumala is a cultural studies scholar, PhD student at the Doctoral School in the Humanities (Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland), head of the research at FestivALT, a member of the Research Center for Memory Cultures (JU). Co-editor of the volume “In(ter)ventions: Cultural Studies Analyses” (2019) and the e-book “Green Commemorations: Towards New Strategies of Remembering in Public Space” (2023), as well as the editor of the Polish edition of the e-book “Difficult Heritage Remembrance Framework” (2024). Her academic work focuses on the representations of non-heteronormativity in the Nazi concentration camps.

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    Hanna Liubakova

    journalist, Belarus

    Hanna Liubakova is a journalist and analyst from Belarus. She is a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council and has written about the latest developments in Belarus for the Washington Post, The Economist, Deutsche Welle and other international media organisations. She won the 2023 One Young World Journalist of the Year Award and was the 2021 European Press Prize finalist. Hanna began her career at the only independent Belarusian channel, Belsat TV, banned by the regime in Minsk, as well as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).

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    María Luz Martínez Seijo

    Congress of Deputies of Spain

    María Luz Martínez Seijo, PhD in Education from Alcalá University, Spain, where she has specialised in programmes and innovation. A Fulbright Scholar from Amherst College, MA, and a secondary education professor, she is head of teacher training at the Educational Innovation Centre in Palencia. Involved in a range of international educational and research projects on leaving school early, language and cooperative learning, she is currently a member of the Spanish Congress and PACE, reporting on the role of sites of remembrance, places of commemoration and education for democratic citizenship. She is education spokesperson of the Socialist Parliamentary Group in the Spanish National Congress, a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe and chair of the subcommittee on Culture, Education and Democratic Values.

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    Andrzej Mietkowski

    Andrzej Mietkowski lived in the West in the 1980s, mainly in Paris. He was a correspondent and journalist for Radio Free Europe. He has worked for the BBC and Deutsche Welle, published in the French press and is interested in the writings of Polish and Russian émigrés. After the fall of communism and the launch of the RWE office in Warsaw, he was its head and then programme director of RWE Inc.

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    Emma Nardi

    International Council of Museums

    Emma Nardi is the president of International Council of Museums (ICOM). Nardi graduated in humanities specialising in art and French Literature at the University of Rome La Sapienza. Emma is a former full professor of Museum Education at the Faculty of Education Sciences of Roma Tre University, where she founded the first University Museum Education Centre in Italy. Throughout her career, she has continued to develop projects concerning museum education. At ICOMS’s Prague 2022 General Conference, Emma successfully ran for president and has been acting as the official representative of ICOM ever since.

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    Vjeran Pavlaković

    UNIVERSITY RIJEKA, DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL STUDIES, CROATIA

    Vjeran Pavlaković is a professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. He received his PhD in history in 2005 from the University of Washington, DC, and has published articles on cultural memory, transitional justice in the former Yugoslavia, and Yugoslav volunteers in the Spanish Civil War. He is a co-editor of the volume Framing the Nation and Collective Identity in Croatia (Routledge, 2019), which was published in Croatian in 2022. He was the lead researcher on the ‘Memoryscapes’ project as part of Rijeka’s European Capital of Culture in 2020 and a co-founder of the Cres Summer School on Transitional Justice and Memory Politics, as well as a researcher for Rijeka/Fiume in Flux.

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    Paolo Pezzino

    National Museum of Resistance in Milan, Italy

    Paolo Pezzino is a professor of contemporary history at the University of Pisa. His current research fields are the Sicilian mafia, the massacres of civilians during the Second World War, the history of the Resistance and the history of Republican Italy. He has been a member of the Italian-German Historical Committee, appointed in March 2009 by the two Foreign Offices for joint collaboration on the relations between the two countries in the Second World War. He also coordinates the scientific committee that is planning the new National Museum of Resistance in Milan (opening in 2026).

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    Ihor Poshyvailo

    Maidan Museum, Ukraine

    Ihor Poshyvailo is a general director of the National Memorial to the Heavenly Hundred Heroes and Revolution of Dignity Museum (Maidan Museum) in Kyiv. He is a cultural activist, ethnologist, museologist, cultural manager and art curator, and holds a PhD in history. Poshyvailo is a vice-chair of the ICOM-DRMC, and a corresponding member of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. When the large-scale Russian–Ukrainian war started, he co-founded the Heritage Emergency Response Initiative (HERI).

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    Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt

    Malmo University, Sweden

    Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, a member of Academia Europaea, is a professor in media and communication at Malmö University. Her research takes a critical, creative and action-oriented approach. She examines how digital technologies and their impact on our everyday lives are cocreated through cultural, professional and interpersonal contexts. Much of Pille’s recent research efforts are dedicated to understanding the datafication of people in museums and media. She has been experimenting with creative research methods and creative research output, including infographics and exhibitions.

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    Michał Przeperski

    Polish History Museum, Poland

    Michał Przeperski has a PHD in history and is employed by the Polish History Museum, Warsaw, for which he has been its spokesperson since June 2022, and of the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He specialises in the history of Central Europe in the 20th century.

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    Miloš Řezník

    German Historical Institute Warsaw, Poland

    Historian, professor of European Regional History at the University of Chemnitz (Germany), 2014 - 2024 director of the German Historical Institute in Warsaw, co-chairman of the Czech-German Historians´ Commission. He studied history at Charles University in Prague, where he received his Ph.D. (1999), habilitation 2007, professor since 2009. He worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, at the universities in Prague, Liberec (Czechia) and Chemnitz and at the Center for History and Culture of Central Europe in Leipzig. His research fields are memory, nation-building, regionalisms and regionalities, ethnicity, the history of Poland and the Habsburg monarchy.

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    Rafał Rogulski

    EUROPEAN NETWORK REMEMBRANCE AND SOLIDARITY, POLAND

    Rafał Rogulski studied cultural and political science at the Universities of Wrocław and Marburg, and participated in the Executive MBA programme at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. He was an assistant and then an advisor to Professor Władysław Bartoszewski, first at the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1998–2001), and later at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland (2008–12). From 2001 to 2005 he was secretary of the Culture Department at the Polish Embassy in Berlin. In the late 1990s Rogulski worked as a journalist for the daily Życie (Life) and the bimonthly journal Europa. In 2010, Ministers Tomasz Merta and Andrzej Przewoźnik entrusted him with the creation and management of the ENRS Secretariat, which in 2015 became the Institute of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.

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    Wojciech Soczewica

    Auschwitz Memorial, Poland

    Wojciech Soczewica is a graduate of the Institute of International Relations at the University of Warsaw and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He lectures at SWPS University in Warsaw. He has worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later in the Office of the Prime Minister's Plenipotentiary for International Dialogue. Between 2013 and 2015, he was director for International Cooperation in the Office of the Polish Commissioner for Human Rights. Following that, he became director for international cooperation at Warsaw City Hall. He became a board member and director general of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation in 2019.

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    Bistra Stoimenova

    The European Association of History Educators (EuroClio)

    Bistra Stoimenova is chair of Bulgarian History Teachers’ Association and president of the board of EuroClio, the European Association of History Educators. Her professional interests are in modern history, multiperspectivity and multicultural education, civic education, the use of ICT and the digital environment in history teaching as well as active strategies for learning. She had many publications in the field of education, methodology of teaching history, civic education and foreign language learning. She is also chief editor of the Bulgarian History Teachers’ Association journal, Dialogue in History.

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    Elias Stouraitis

    Ionian University, Greece

    Elias Stouraitis is a postdoctoral researcher in artificial intelligence and history at the University of Thrace. He studied at the University of Athens and received a master’s degree in modern Greek history. He completed his thesis on historical culture and digital games at the department of history in the Ionian University. He has taught history and philology courses. His research interests include historical culture, consciousness and thinking, and also social media, public history and digital games, and the design of educational software for teaching and learning history in both formal and informal settings.

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    David Sypniewski

    SWPS University, Poland

    David Sypniewski is the originator and head of the Artificial Intelligence Open Lab at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw. He teaches social robotics, creative coding and artificial intelligence in the Arts and Creative Activities, among others. Previously, he worked at the creative design studio Rzeczyobrazkowe. Before that, he co-managed the Practitioners of Culture Association, where he worked with film, photography and theatre with groups at risk of social exclusion. He grew out of the third sector and still defines himself as a social activist today.

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    Iwona Szelewa

    EUROPEAN NETWORK REMEMBRANCE AND SOLIDARITY, POLAND

    Iwona Szelewa holds a master's degree from two faculties at the University of Warsaw: the Institute of Sociology and the Institute of Social Policy. In addition, she is a graduate of the National School of Public Administration (KSAP) and holds a civil servant title. Iwona specializes in implementing EU cohesion policy funds and research programs. She previously worked as a specialist in implementing and auditing projects co-funded by the EU at the Ministry of Investment&Economic Development in Poland and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy in Poland. She also worked as a Research Project Manager at the University of Akureyri in Iceland.

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    Florian Traussnig

    Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, Austria

    Florian Traussnig is a historian in the field of contemporary military history, exile and propaganda studies. He has published three monographs on the resistance from the outside against Hitler’s Germany by Austrian exiles. At the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Research on the Consequences of War in Graz, he is the principal investigator for the ongoing project: ‘My job will be rock climbing …’ – short digital biographies and a database of Austrian exiles in the US 10th Mountain Division of the Second World War. He is also consultant for education and culture at Bildungsforum Mariatrost in Graz.

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    Barbara Walshe

    Dialogue and Restorative Justice Faciliator, Expertise Support at the ENRS

    Barbara Walshe is an experienced restorative justice facilitator and an accredited mediator. A former chair of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. In October 2022, she accepted the Polish Prize of Sérgio Vieira de Mello by the Villa Decius Association in Kraków, Poland, on behalf of Glencree. From her role as a peace observer and envoy in the Israel/Palestine conflict to her ongoing work in the Northern Ireland conflict, her work with prisoners and those harmed by the trauma of sexual abuse within the Catholic church, she continues to be a strong voice for restorative justice locally, nationally and internationally.

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    Audrey Whitty

    National Library of Ireland

    Audrey Whitty is a curator, art historian and archaeologist and the director (CEO) of the National Library of Ireland. She was previously the deputy director of the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) as well as head of Collections and Learning at the NMI. She has worked as a curator specialising in ceramics, glass and Asian collections at both the NMI and the Corning Museum of Glass in New York. She has a doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in history of art. She has authored over 90 publications and is a past chair (2020–23) of the Irish Museums Association.

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    Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska

    Museum of Warsaw, Poland

    Karolina Ziębińska-Lewandowska has been director of the Museum of Warsaw since 2021, with a PhD in art history. From 2014 to 2020 she was a curator at the Musée national d’art moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris. From 1999 to 2010, she was a curator at the Zachęta National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw. She was co-founder of the Archaeology of Photography Foundation and its president from 2008 to 2014. She is the author of over 40 exhibitions and catalogues, including Brassaï – Graffiti (2016), David Goldblatt (2018), Dora Maar (2019) and Moi Ver (2023). Photo credit: Tomasz Kaczor

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