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    Resistance and Solidarity

    11th European Remembrance Symposium and 6th Taking Stock of European Memory Policies

    9 – 11 May 2023, Barcelona

    This year the 11th edition of the European Remembrance Symposium and the 6th edition of Taking Stock of European Memory Policies will take place as one event in Barcelona. The meeting will bring together hundreds of representatives of the institutions and organisations active in the field of 20th-century history and memory. The idea behind this joint event is the conviction that dialogue concerning the history of the last century is needed, taking into account various sensitivities, experiences and existing interpretations. Over three days, an international group of academics and practitioners from different countries will discuss the importance and role of resistance and solidarity in the context of past and contemporary conflicts.

    Venue: Aula Magna, University of Barcelona, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585, 08007 Barcelona

    Language: English, Spanish


    09/05/2023 Tuesday

    15:00-16:30 (GMT+2)
    University of Barcelona
    Welcome speeches
    Prof. Montserrat Puig i Llobet, Vice-Rector for Equal Opportunities and Gender, University of Barcelona
    Ana Gallego, Director-General DG Justice, European Commission (video recording)
    Dr Jordi Guixé i Coromines, Director of the European Observatory on Memories
    Rafał Rogulski, Director of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
    17:00-18:30 (GMT+2)
    Resistance and Solidarity
    A dialogue between Dr Piotr Naimski and Dr Carmen Magallón

    Michael Žantovský, Václav Havel Library, Prague

    Dr Carmen Magallón, Director of the SIP Foundation (Peace Research Centre), Zaragoza
    Dr Piotr Naimski, former member of the anti-communist opposition, one of the creators of the Workers’ Defence Committee in Poland
    18:30-19:00 (GMT+2)
    Coffee break (photo opportunities, contribution walls)
    19:00-19:45 (GMT+2)
    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.
    19:45-20:15 (GMT+2)
    Screening of the film Spain in Exile (1946)
    A documentary directed by Guillermo Zúñiga and produced by Paul Falkenberg, explaining the living conditions of Spanish exiles in France after the Second World War. Film presentation by Carolina Fenoll Espinosa (Spanish National Contact Point of the CERV Programme) and Prof. Àlvar Martínez (University of Valencia, Valencia)
    20:30 (GMT+2)
    Reception: cocktails followed by dinner and a concert by the NOGUIRA trio
    The NOGUIRA trio, created and led by Nora Buschmann, performs a series of instrumental pieces and songs from all over the world, in a show that lasts an hour. The repertoire includes protest songs against dictatorships and in support of oppressed people, and music arising from the migration from Europe to Brazil and Argentina in the early 20th century. Nora Buschmann, guitar and vocals, is accompanied by Ramón Olivares, percussion, and Guillermo Calliero, trumpet and bandoneon.

    10/05/2023 Wednesday

    09:15-10:00 (GMT+2)
    University of Barcelona
    10:00–11:30 IST (GMT+2)
    First panel discussion: Mnemonic Solidarity – Can Memory be a Form of Solidarity and Resistance?
    • Solidarity with the resisters and the oppressed
    • Solidarity as a form of resistance
    • Remembrance of solidarity. How can we remember the acts of solidarity? Exploring ways to commemorate

    Keith Lowe, writer

    Prof. Zsuzsanna Bögre, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest
    Dr Jesús Alonso Carballès, Bordeaux Montaigne University, Bordeaux
    Prof. Elżbieta Ciżewska-Martyńska, University of Warsaw, Warsaw
    Dr Claudia-Florentina Dobre, Nicolae Iorga Institute of History and Centre for Memory and Identity Studies, Bucharest
    11:30-12:00 IST (GMT+2)
    Coffee break (photo opportunities, contribution walls)
    12:00-13:30 (GMT+2)
    Q&A session – Taking Stock of European Memory Projects on Solidarity – Case Studies
    During this Q&A session the representatives of diverse projects supported by the European institutions discuss their experiences on memory and solidarity.

    Constanze Itzel, Director of the House of European History, Brussels

    Bogdana Brylynska, Lviv–UNESCO City of Literature, Lviv
    Dr Luiza Iordache Cârstea, National University of Distance Education (UNED), Madrid
    Fynn-Morten Heckert, Observatory on History Teaching in Europe (OHTE), Strasbourg
    Maciej Piotrowski, Nizio Design International / Rozstaje [Crossroads] seminar for literature translators, Warsaw
    Dr Erkki Tuomioja, Historians without Borders in Finland, Helsinki
    13:30-14:30 (GMT+2)
    Lunch and coffee break
    Cultural visits
    Different venues within Barcelona
    Possible options:
    Visit to the air-raid shelter, Refugi 307 and the Sagrada Família
    Visit to La Modelo prison and the Sagrada Família

    11/05/2023 Thursday

    09:15-10:00 (GMT+2)
    University of Barcelona
    10:00-11:30 (GMT+2)
    Second panel discussion: Solidarity and the Power of Art

    Prof. Bibiana Crespo Martin, University of Barcelona, Barcelona

    Šimon Krbec, The Theresienstadt Centre for Genocide Studies, Prague
    Mirosław Nizio, Nizio Design International, Warsaw
    Tszwai So, Spheron Architects, London
    Piedad Solans, historian and independent curator, Madrid
    11:30-12:00 IST (GMT+2)
    Coffee break (photo opportunities, contribution walls)
    12:00-14:00 IST (GMT+2)
    Summary and round table discussion: Solidarity of the Past for the Present / Ethical Consequences and Lessons from 20th-century History
    What does the history of 20th-century solidarity and resistance teach us in the context of the new challenges we face in the 21st century?

    Otmar Lahodynsky, journalist

    Olha Honchar, Territory of Terror, the Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes, Lviv
    Dr Matej Medvecký, National Memory Institute of Slovakia, Bratislava
    Dr Marek Mutor, Platform of European Memory and Conscience, Ossoliński National Institute
    Géraldine Schwarz (online), journalist and documentary filmmaker
    Barbara Walshe, The Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation, Glencree
    14:15–14:30 (GMT+2)
    Closing remarks
    14:30 (GMT+2)
    Lunch break and the end of the symposium

    Throughout the conference during the breaks, it is possible to find out about funding opportunities for projects in the field of European remembrance from the following institutions and programmes:

    • Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ)
    • HISTOLAB Fellowship
    • International Visegrad Fund
    • Spanish National Contact Point of the CERV Programme


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