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    Reconciliation: a Long and Winding Path

    European Remembrance Symposium 2022

    1 – 3 June 2022, Dublin

    The 10th European Remembrance Symposium entitled "Reconciliation: a Long and Winding Path" takes place at Trinity College, the Burke Theatre in Dublin, between 1 and 3 June 2022.

    The aim of this year’s edition of the Symposium is to discuss the meaning and role of reconciliation in the context of both historical and contemporary European internal and international conflicts.

     

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    Venue: Trinity College, the Burke Theatre
    Language: English

    Programme

    10th European Remembrance Symposium

    01/06/2022 Wednesday

    12:00-13:30 IST (GMT+1)
    Lunch
    12:30-13:30 IST (GMT+1)
    Registration
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
    13:30-14:00
    Welcome speeches
    14:00-15:30 IST (GMT+1)
    Opening session – Witnesses of the Reconciliation Processes
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
    What form did past negotiations take? What symbolic gestures of reconciliation were used in the paths to reconciliation? Did generational affiliation and personal experiences in wars and conflicts of the actors in these negotiations play any significant role during the reconciliation talks? How were these talks affected by broader geopolitical circumstances? What were the most difficult moments during the negotiations and how were they overcome? What can we learn from the witnesses of and participants in the reconciliation processes so far?

    Moderator:
    Dr Jacqueline Hayden, Trinity College Dublin

    Panellists:
    Dr Piotr Cywiński, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
    Prof. Dr Monica McWilliams, former Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly (online)
    Markus Meckel, former Foreign Minister of the GDR
    Prof. Dr Teodor Meleșcanu, former President of the Senate of Romania
    15:30-16:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Coffee break
    16:00-17:30 IST (GMT+1)
    First panel discussion – Reconciliation: the Concept and Different Models
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
    What is reconciliation and is there only one definition of it? How can it be understood so differently by the various actors involved in this process? What paths and models of reconciliation have been developed based on past historical experiences?

    Moderator:
    Dr Paul Ingendaay, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

    Panellists:
    Prof. Robert Gerwarth, University College Dublin
    Prof. Dr Yaroslav Hrytsak, Ukrainian Catholic University (online)
    Howard Varney, International Center for Transitional Justice
    Dr Ernest Wyciszkiewicz, Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding
    17:30-18:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Coffee break
    18:00-19:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Turbo presentations
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
    During the turbo presentations participants showcase their organisations or projects to the symposium's audience. Each speaker has up to 90 seconds.
    19:00-21:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Visit to the ‘After the Great War’ exhibition

    02/06/2022 Thursday

    09:30-10:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Coffee break
    10:00–11:30 IST (GMT+1)
    Second panel discussion – Actors and Multilevel Processes Leading to Reconciliation
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
    What social and political actors have had the greatest influence on the course of state reconciliation processes in the past? Have only diplomats, politicians and representatives of broadly defined state institutions participated in these processes? What roles have religious institutions and grassroots social and cultural initiatives played in the processes of reconciliation, within and between nations?

    Moderator:
    Prof. Dr Valérie Rosoux, Université catholique de Louvain

    Panellists:
    Dr Juraj Marušiak, Slovak Academy of Sciences
    Dr Sinéad McCoole, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media
    Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik, International Cultural Centre
    11:30-12:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Coffee break
    12:00-14:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Case studies: Paths to Reconciliation – Project Practices
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
    During this session, coordinators of educational and social projects in the field of history share best practices related to either one of the following subjects: internal divisions and paths to reconciliation and reconciliation among neighbouring countries

    Moderators:
    Beata Drzazga, European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
    Barbara Walshe, The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation

    Panellists:
    Tiberiu Ciorba, Țării Crişurilor Museum
    Weronika Czyżewska-Poncyliusz, Borderland Foundation
    Roisin McGlone, The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation
    Tamara Pomoriški, Post Bellum
    Marek Szajda, The Depot History Centre in Wrocław
    Vesna Teršelič, Documenta – Centre for Dealing with the Past


    14:00-15:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Lunch and coffee break
    15:00 onwards
    Cultural visits
    Various venues
    Possible options:
    1) Historical guided tour including the Garden of Remembrance, the Irish National War Memorial Gardens and the Famine Memorial
    2) The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation (workshops). Learn more

    03/06/2022 Friday

    09:30-10:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Coffee break
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
    10:00-11:30 IST (GMT+1)
    Third panel discussion – Meandering Ways of Reconciliation: Why Do Reconciliation Processes Take So Long and Why Are They So Fragile?
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
    Western vs Eastern Europe: how important is the geopolitical and cultural context for reconciliation processes? Are they reversible? What political, social and cultural means of promoting reconciliation have worked best in different parts of Europe, and which have failed and why? For what reason can symbolic gestures have such a strong positive or negative impact on the reconciliation process? Does the postwar division of Europe still influence contemporary processes of rapprochement between and within states, and how?

    Moderator:
    Sergei Metlev, Postimees

    Panellists:
    Prof. Donald Bloxham, The University of Edinburgh (online)
    Prof. Peter Shirlow, The University of Liverpool
    Dr Emir Suljagić, Srebrenica Memorial Center
    Tibor Toró, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania

    11:30-12:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Coffee break
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
    12:00-14:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Round table discussion: The Role of Culture, Sport and Art in Reconciliation
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
    Art can provide a voice for marginalised people, allowing them to speak freely and possibly serving as a safety valve (e.g. cabarets in Poland under the communist regime). In what other ways could artists and art itself affect the processes of peacemaking and reconciliation? Consider the role of art and pop culture as two of the most accessible tools for maintaining memory about the painful past.

    Moderator:
    Valerie Bistany, Irish Writers Centre

    Panellists:
    Almudena Cruz Yabár, Ministry of Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory
    Joanne Fitzpatrick, Peace Players Northern Ireland
    Karoline Gil, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
    Dr Dariusz Karłowicz, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas
    Dr Audrey Whitty, National Museum of Ireland
    14:00 IST (GMT+1)
    Closing remarks
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin
    14:15–15:15 IST (GMT+1)
    Lunch and coffee break
    The Burke Theatre, Trinity College Dublin


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    Tiberiu Alexandru Ciorba

    Tiberiu Alexandru Ciorba has been a museographer at the Țării Crișurilor Museum, Oradea, Romania since 2015. He studied at Babeș-Bolyai University. Specialising in 18th and 19th-century European history, in 2016 he received an MA with a dissertation on the life of the first Greek-Catholic bishop of Oradea, Moise Dragoși (1777–87). Since 2016 he has been working on a doctoral thesis on the creation of the Greek-Catholic Bishopric of Oradea and its evolution in the 18th century.


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    Almudena Cruz Yábar

    Almudena Cruz Yábar is a state curator responsible for cultural affairs related to democratic memory at the Ministry of Presidency, Relations with the Parliament and Democratic Memory of Spain. She is a member of various advisory cultural groups, including the EU and Cultural Heritage and Integrated Approaches to Europe's Dissonant Heritage. Cruz Yábar used to work at the Contemporary Art Museum Reina Sofía and later in the Prado Museum's law department, both in Madrid. She has a law degree and an MA and doctorate in Art History. She is an associate professor in Art History at Complutense University, Madrid.


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    Piotr Cywiński

    Piotr Cywiński, a medieval historian, has been the director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum since 2006. He is an active participant in the Polish-Jewish and Christian-Jewish dialogue. Dr Cywiński is co-founder and chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and the board of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Institute; the chief expert of the Center for Research on Economics of Memorial Sites (at SWPS University, Warsaw); and co-founder and chairman of the Society for Management of the Memorial Sites. He has written widely on medieval history and issues connected with the Shoah and memorials.


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    Weronika Czyżewska-Poncyljusz

    Weronika Czyżewska-Poncyljusz is a member of Borderland Foundation team. She coordinates the International Centre for Dialogue in Krasnogruda's programme of innovative art-based educational projects and socially engaged cultural practices. She trains leaders in these community-based activities and promotes good practice. Her research focuses on social engagement through art, education in the area of multiculturalism, and peace-building and reconciliation processes through culture. She is also a research fellow at the European Civilization Chair of the College of Europe in Natolin, Warsaw.


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    Joanne Fitzpatrick

    Joanne Fitzpatrick brings over 15 years of experience to her role in PeacePlayers, specialising in developing curricula and delivering training to sporting governing bodies, NGOs and corporate organisations in Chicago, Hong Kong, Rwanda and Israel. She is a trained facilitator of the Arbinger Institute’s conflict resolution methods, studying under Prof. Chad Ford, author of Dangerous Love. In 2012 Joanne was nominated to carry the Olympic torch for her work with PeacePlayers. She is known for her passion for positive change and making learning fun for those around her.


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    Robert Gerwarth

    Robert Gerwarth is professor of Modern History at University College Dublin and director of its Centre for War Studies. He has held research fellowships or visiting professorships at the University of Oxford, Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Sciences Po Paris. In 2021 he was awarded a Leverhulme Visiting Professorship at the University of Oxford. Gerwarth is the general editor of several book series: 'The Greater War' (OUP, 2015); with Jay Winter, 'Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare' (CUP, 2020); and 'Elements' on modern wars (CUP, 2019).



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    Jacqueline Hayden

    Jacqueline Hayden is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. Since 1980 she has been recording interviews with dissidents, communist leaders and Polish politicians and citizens. She is currently working on the digitisation of her Polish archive that covers the period 1989–2014. She is the author of two books: Poles Apart: Solidarity and the New Poland (Routledge, 1994) and The Collapse of Communist Power in Poland: Strategic Misperceptions and Unanticipated Outcomes (Routledge, 2004). She was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 2013.


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    Yaroslav Hrytsak

    Yaroslav Hrytsak is a Ukrainian historian and public intellectual. He is professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv. He has taught at Columbia and Harvard Universities, and at the Central European University. He is the author of numerous books, including his most recent Overcoming the Past: Global History of Ukraine (Kyiv, 2021; English, Italian and Polish translations are underway). Hrytsak holds various Ukrainian and foreign awards for academic achievements and public activity.



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    Dariusz Karłowicz

    Dariusz Karłowicz is a philosopher and programme director for the John Paul II Institute of Culture at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome. He is the president of the Saint Nicholas Foundation, an NGO involved in charitable, educational and scientific activity. His books include The Archparadox of Death: Martyrdom as a Philosophical Category (Peter Lang, 2016); Socrates and Other Saints (Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2017); Dionysus and Politics: Constructing Authority in The Graeco-Roman World, ed. with Filip Doroszewski (Routledge, 2021).


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    Juraj Marušiak

    Juraj Marušiak is a political scientist and historian. Since 1996 he has worked at the Institute of Political Science, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, currently at the position of senior research fellow. His research is focused on the history of 20th-century Slovakia and on comparative politics and international relations in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989. Dr Marušiak is interested in the V4 countries, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. In 2002–3 Marušiak finished the Lane Kirkland Scholarship in Warsaw at Warsaw University, specialising in East European Studies. He is the author of several monographs.


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    Teodor Meleșcanu

    Teodor Meleșcanu has been a professor at the National School of Political Sciences and Public Administration in Bucharest since 2013. Previously he was a professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest (1992–2013). He holds a PhD in international law from the University of Geneva (1973). Meleșcanu's career with Romania’s public service includes serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs (1992–96, 2014 and 2017–19), head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (2012–14), Interim Minister for Justice (2008) and Minister for Defence (2007–8).


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    Markus Meckel

    Markus Meckel grew up in East Germany (GDR) and studied theology and philosophy. He served as a Protestant pastor in Mecklenburg and chaired an ecumenical education centre. In the 1970s and 1980s he belonged to democratic opposition groups in the GDR, and in 1989, with his friend Martin Gutzeit, he founded the Social Democratic Party. In March 1990, he was elected a member of the East German parliament. As foreign minister of the GDR, he took part in the negotiations for German reunification and was a member of the German Bundestag from 1990 to 2009. Meckel helped found the ENRS. More information can be found on the website: www.markusmeckel.eu.



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    Monica McWilliams

    Monica McWilliams is emeritus professor in the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University. She co-founded the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition in 1996, was elected to the multi-party peace negotiations and is a signatory to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. She served on the first Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly until 2003 and subsequently as chief commissioner of the Human Rights Commission. She was appointed as a commissioner to the Independent Reporting Commission for the disbandment of paramilitary organizations in 2017 and currently works with Syrian women involved in the Geneva negotiations. Her publications are on the impact of political conflict on women’s lives and her memoir ‘Stand Up, Speak Out’, is published by Blackstaff Press: https://blackstaffpress.com/stand-up-speak-out-9781780733227.


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    Sergei Metlev

    Sergei Metlev is the chief editor of the Russian desk of Estonia's media group Postimees. He studied at the University of Tartu, and specialised in criminal law. He was head of communications at the Estonian Institute of Historial Memory prior to becoming a board member. Before that, he was an advisor at the Estonian Parliament (2015–17) and a board member and CEO (2014–15) of a nationwide youth association Open Republic (2010–14). Metlev also serves as a council member of the Network of Estonian NGOs, and as a volunteer police officer.


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    Tamara Pomoriški

    Tamara Pomoriški graduated in Theatre Directing from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre. She's been working as a theatre director, mainly with young people, for more than ten years. In addition to theatre work, she writes radio plays for Czech Radio. Since 2019, Pomoriški has been the artistic director at the Memory of Nations Theatre, part of the non-profit organization, where she is in charge of dramaturgy and the methodology of its activities.


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    Valérie Rosoux

    Valérie Rosoux is a research director at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research. She teaches International Negotiation and Transitional Justice at the University of Louvain. She has a degree in Philosophy and a PhD in Political Sciences. She is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy. In 2010–11 she was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC. In 2020 Rosoux was awarded a Max Planck Law Fellowship (a multi-year project on Memory and Transitional Justice).


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    Peter Shirlow

    Peter Shirlow is the director at the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies. He was formerly the deputy director of the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen's University Belfast. He is a visiting research professor at the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice in Belfast. Professor Shirlow has undertaken conflict transformation work in Northern Ireland and has used that knowledge in exchanges in the former Yugoslavia, Moldova, Bahrain and Iraq. He has also presented talks to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives and is a regular media contributor.



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    Marek Szajda

    Marek Szajda graduated in history and ethnology from the Interfaculty College of Inter-area Individual Studies and the Centre for the Culture and Languages of the Jews, both at the University of Wrocław. He has also studied in Kraków, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. He is a senior research fellow at the Remembrance and Future Centre in Wrocław and a PhD student at the University of Wrocław. Szajda is interested in Poland's contemporary history, Jewish history and culture, the history of Silesia, regional studies and oral history, and is secretary of the editorial board of the Wrocław Yearbook of Oral History.


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    Vesna Teršelič

    Vesna Teršelič is the director of Documenta – Center for Dealing with the Past, Zagreb. Documenta is research and advocacy institution which aims to shift disputes over facts towards a dialogue on interpretations. As one of the initiators of RECOM, a regional commission investigating the Yugoslav wars, she has long campaigned to raise awareness of war crimes and human rights' violations committed in the former Yugoslavia. Teršelič continues to champion environmental protection and promote human rights, especially women's, in Croatia, other post-Yugoslav countries and Europe.


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    Tibor Toró

    Tibor Toró is a sociologist, political scientist and associate professor at the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania. His main research interests are language policy, ethnopolitics, minority rights and education. He has published papers in journals such as Nationalities Papers and Language Policy and is editor and co-author of Unequal Accommodation of Minority Rights: Hungarians in Transylvania (Palgrave, 2018).



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    Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik

    Agata Wąsowska-Pawlik is an art historian, cultural manager and director of the International Cultural Centre in Kraków since 2018. Her interests and research include: cultural policy on a national and municipal level, international cultural cooperation, cultural heritage management and social and self-governmental impact on the development of culture. Wąsowska-Pawlik was national coordinator of the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018. She is a member of the boards of Kraków's Ethnographic Museum, Museum of Photography and Museum of Kraków.


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    Audrey Whitty

    Audrey Whitty is Deputy Director and Head of Collections & Learning, National Museum of Ireland (NMI). Dr Whitty is responsible for the care and interpretation of over five million objects across all NMI sites; the four curatorial divisions, conservation, registration, education, photography, design, publications and exhibitions. Previously Dr Whitty was Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division, NMI, and former curator of European and Asian Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, New York. In 2010 she was conferred with a doctorate from Trinity College Dublin on The Albert Bender (1866-1941) Donations of Far Eastern Art to the National Museum of Ireland.


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    Ernest Wyciszkiewicz

    Ernest Wyciszkiewicz is a political scientist and has been the director of the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding since 2016. Formerly Dr Wyciszkiewicz was the deputy director of the Centre, head of the International Economy and Energy Security Programme and senior research fellow at the Polish Institute of International Affairs, and managing editor of Evropa, a Russian-language quarterly on European affairs (2003–9). He was also a member of the editorial board of the 'Intersection Project' (2015–18) and is editor-in-chief of the Novaya Polsha and Nova Polshcha.


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    Howard Varney

    Howard Varney is a senior programme advisor with the International Center for Transitional Justice. He is also a practicing barrister in Johannesburg where he specialises in public interest litigation. Varney was an attorney with the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa where he represented victims of political violence. In the mid-1990s he led an independent criminal investigation in South Africa into organised political violence. He was the chief investigator for the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission and has worked with several truth commissions around the world.


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