Turning points in 20th-century European history

    European Remembrance Symposium 2014

    9-11 April 2014, Prague

    In 2014 we mark the round anniversaries of some of the most important turning points in European history: 100th anniversary of the Great World War, 75th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, 25th anniversary of 1989, and last but not least 10th anniversary of the enlargement of the European Union to include former communist bloc countries. These anniversaries are an excellent starting point for a debate on the Eastern Bloc countries’ transition from dictatorship to democracy and a debate on the integration of the former communist countries ten years after the EU expansion.

    Programme

    Symposium / Prague 2014

    09/04/2014 Wednesday

    16:00
    Opening
    Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
    Lubomír Zaorálek, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
    Małgorzata Omilanowska, State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland
    Jiří Drahoš, Chairman of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
    Sophie Beernaerts, Head of Unit, Europe for Citizens Programme, European Commission
    Jan Rydel, Chair of the Steering Committee, European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
    16:45
    Lecture: Turning points in European History: 1914-1939-1945-1989-2004
    Marci Shore, United States
    17:30
    Panel discussion: Turning points of European Remembrance. Different approaches
    James Mark, University of Exeter, UK
    Heidemarie Uhl, Austrian Academy of Sciences
    Włodzimierz Borodziej, Warsaw University/University of Jena, Poland

    Moderator: Pavel Tychtl, European Commission
    18:30
    Opening of the exhibition (BStA): Dictatorship and Democracy in the Age of Extremes: Spotlights on the History of Europe in the Twentieth Century
    Anna Kaminsky, Director of the Federal Foundation for Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship
    19:00
    Reception

    10/04/2014 Thursday

    9:00 - 13:00
    Projects and institutions exhibition
    Foyer of the Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
    9:00
    Introduction
    Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
    Oldřich Tůma, Director, Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences
    Basil Kerski, Director, European Solidarity Centre
    9:15
    Panel discussion: The collapse of communism and its aftermath. The legacy of Cold-War period in Europe
    Laure Neumayer, University Paris 1, France
    Michal Kopeček, Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Republic
    Łukasz Kamiński, Institute of National Remembrance, Poland

    Moderator: Matej Spurný, Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Republic
    10:45
    Coffee break
    11:15
    Panel discussion: The next generation. New interpretations of the recent European history
    Lenka Koprivova, POST BELLUM, Czech Republic
    Sandra Vokk, Unitas Foundation, Estonia
    Irit Dekel, Humboldt University, Germany

    Moderator: Zofia Wóycicka, House of European History, Brussels
    13:00
    Lunch break
    14:30
    Presentation and film about the Memorial of Lidice
    15:30
    Excursion to the Memorial of Lidice
    20:00
    Social evening

    11/04/2014 Friday

    9:00 - 14:00
    Projects and institutions exhibition
    Foyer of the Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
    9:00
    Simultaneous Workshops
    Czernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
    1. Europe for Citizens / European Commission
    2. Museums and Projects about the Great War / Imperial War Museum
    3. Reflecting Remembrance in History Education. Three case studies on Turning Points in Europe's 20th century History from Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Ukraine / Euroclio
    4. Sound in the Silence. Art and historical education / Die Motte
    5. Legacy of 1989 and the collapse of communism. Presentation and discussion about successful international projects / European Platform Memory and Conscience
    12:00
    Discussions with representatives of the organizing institutions
    European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
    European Commission
    Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences
    Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship
    European Solidarity Centre
    13:00
    Lunch break
    14:00
    Final lecture
    Pieter Lagrou, Free University Brussels, Belgium
    15:00
    Conclusions
    Dušan Kováč, Slovak Academy of Sciences
    Siobhan Kattago, Tallinn University, Estonia

    Moderator: Oldřich Tůma, Czech Republic

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