Memory and Identity in Europe: Presence and Future

    European Remembrance Symposium 2020

    4–6 May 2020, Tallinn

    The 9th edition of the European Remembrance Symposium entitled "Memory and Identity in Europe: presence and future" takes place in Tallinn between 4 and 6 May.

    Every year the Symposium offers representatives of institutions and organizations dealing with the history of the 20th century an opportunity to network and to exchange ideas and experiences among their peers from across Europe. The goal is to inspire new initiatives and foster international collaborations.

    This year we are meeting to discuss the role of history and memory in the creation of contemporary European identity. Through tailored round tables and panel discussions with established experts, we will reflect upon the current state and future perspective of European memory.

    Dedicated networking sessions are also included. Each participant willing to introduce their institution or project to a wider audience, may apply to take part in turbo presentations. Moreover, during Q&A sessions experienced project coordinators will discuss best practices and give advice on how to carry out eucational and social initiatives.


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    Please note that the registration for the Symposium will be open till 27 April 2020.


    9th European Remembrance Symposium

    04/05/2020 Monday

    Welcome Speech
    European identity today: historical roots and present debates
    Mr Zoltán Balog
    Dr Siobhan Kattago
    Prof. Viatcheslav Morozov
    Prof. Gesine Schwan
    Prof. Jacek Purchla
    Prof. Elazar Barkan (moderator)

    This session is to discuss multi-layered perceptions of ‘European identity’ shaped by historical memory implications. The discussion centres around different approaches of remembrance policies and their agents fostering historical awareness in Europe and thus reflecting on the following questions: Is the post-war division into communist and capitalist blocs still relevant and resonating in different macro-regional remembrance cultures rooted in common historical experiences? Which role is the European Union playing now in creating a common identity in Europe?
    Coffee break
    Turbo presentations
    During turbo presentations participants showcase their organisation or project to the Symposium audience. Each speaker has up to 90 seconds.

    Apply to present at the turbo presentations
    Reception dinner

    05/05/2020 Tuesday

    First panel discussion – Remembrance in action: everyday challenges
    Dr Beáta Katrebová Blehová
    Dr Jordi Guixe
    Ms Constanze Itzel
    Dr Monika Kareniauskaitė
    Rafał Rogulski
    Ms Sandra Vokk (moderator)

    This session aims to reflect on the impact of project activities in the field of history on the formation of a European remembrance culture. Representatives of various cultural and remembrance institutions discuss and share their experiences while addressing a range of issues such as: How do contemporary social campaigns, cultural and educational projects as well as documentaries raise and influence awareness of totalitarian regimes? In what way can historical and cultural projects foster reconciliation processes?
    Coffee break
    Q&A session – Case studies: project practices
    During this Q&A session coordinators of educational and social projects in the field of history share best practice experiences on three different project formats. (Participants can choose 2 out of 3 presentations):
    1) Dealing with difficult past
    2) Oral history as an inspiration
    3) Use of new media/technologies
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    Lunch and coffee break
    Cultural visits
    Possible options:
    1) Memorial to Estonia’s Victims of Communism and Estonian Historical Museum
    2) Patarei Prison exhibition area ‘Communism is Prison’
    3) Historical guided sightseeing tour of Tallinn Old Town (walking tour) including visiting the Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom and the KGB Prison Cells.
    Reception dinner and concert at St Nicholas Church – Niguliste Museum
    The concert of the Mass in the Memory of Innocent Victims in Estonia is written by Raimo Kangro in 1989. The work is dedicated to all those who could not witness the restoration of Estonian independence.

    06/05/2020 Wednesday

    Second panel discussion – Struggles with the past: memory and politics
    Prof. Lavinia Stan
    Dr Réka Földváryné Kiss
    Velma Šarić
    Prof. Giga Zedania
    Prof. Andres Kasekamp (moderator)

    This session addresses issues of controversy regarding a common remembrance culture in Europe that is characterised by varying experiences and subjective appraisals: In what terms do differing perceptions of nation states as well as collective groups in Eastern and Western Europe towards totalitarian regimes resound in a politicisation of memory? Are there any differences in Holocaust remembrance in Western and Eastern Europe? What are the reasons for the popularity of communism in various countries, irrespective of its crimes?
    Coffee break
    Round table discussion
    Dr András Fejérdy
    Ms Alicja Knast
    Jeffrey K. Olick
    Prof. Marius Turda
    Dariusz Rosiak (moderator)
    This discussion aims to assess the current state of a common European remembrance culture in order to deliberate its outlook with regard to possible future historical debates. Therefore, the session addresses possible scenarios of upcoming conflicts rooted in differing local, regional, national as well as generational perspectives on historical experiences.
    Closing remarks

    Lunch break and the end of the symposium

    Turbo Presentations

    Turbo presentations are short (up to 90 seconds) speeches during which each participant has a chance to showcase their institution or project. Those interested in presenting are oblidged to apply in advance.

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