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“What’s the point of history… if we never learn?” Dialogue, Remembrance and Solidarity in Europe. New Challenges for Public History and Historical Education | Konferencja


Nauki o komunikacji Kulturoznawstwo Historia Stosunki międzynarodowe Inna Nauki o polityce


Edukacja Studia nad pamięcią Historia w przestrzeni publicznej


Almost 80 years after the Second World War and 25 after the war in former Yugoslavia, fighting continues in Europe yet again.The Russian attack on Ukraine has challenged our certainty that we have learned the right lessons from the past.

This is accompanied by the awareness that individual local and national experiences still lead to tensions despite the foundation of shared European values. Heterogeneity in the culture of memory exists not only between European countries but also within them as different social groups represent divergent historical narratives. Diverse outlooks on the past shape the perception of the present and influence political actions across Europe.

The politics of memory of any given country is not always identical with the memory policy of civil society. Occasionally even the discourse about a common European past that began at the turn of the millennium, serving as the foundation of a European community able to act in unison, seems to be called into question. Given such diversity of experiences, is a common memory possible at all? Can national interests and international solidarity be reconciled? And last but not least: what challenges do European practices of remembrance and historical education face in the light of the migratory movements of recent years?

The Berlin event aims to showcase the diversity of perspectives that serve as a basis for discussing the current challenges for history teaching in public spaces and historical education. During the forum, we wish to focus on a shared conversation about the past and its importance for seeking the truth, peace, democracy, freedom and tolerance, as well as for a remembrance that respects differences, looks for connections and strengthens understanding and solidarity in Europe.

The forum will be attended by politicians and representatives of cultural educational institutions, as well as actors in the field of historical and political education.Admission is free.


16 October 202314.00–14.30Opening and Welcome SpeechesProf. Hartmut Dorgerloh, Humboldt Forum, BerlinRafał Rogulski, ENRS, WarsawProf. Matthias Weber, BKGE, OldenburgSpeechClaudia Roth, Member of Parliament, German Minister of State for Culture and the Media14.30–14.45Film Screening: Sound in the Silence  14.45–16.30Panel Discussion 1: ‘Do We Ever Learn from History? Challenges for the 21st Century’Johannes Schraps, Member of German Parliament, BerlinVillano Qiriazi, Council of Europe, Education Department, StrasbourgDan Wolf, Artistic Director of ‘Sound in the Silence’, Berkeley (online) Prof Lale Yildirim, Osnabrück University, Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, OsnabrückAlexandra Mészáros, participant inSound in the Silence’ 2022 in Kaunas, BudapestModeration: Marek Zając, journalist and publicist, International Auschwitz Council, Warsaw16.30–17.00Coffee Break17.00–19.00Panel Discussion 2:Migration Societies and European Memory’Patrick Simon, French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), ParisAgnieszka Kosowicz, Polish Migration Forum Foundation, WarsawNaoimh McNamee, Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, GlencreeDima Albitar Kalaji, Author, Journalist, wearedoingit e.V., Damascus/BerlinModeration: to be confirmed19.00–22.00 ReceptionGerman–Ukrainian Jazz Trio, Hamburg Christopher Olesch (vibraphone), Rostyslav Voitko (saxophone), Magnus Bodzin (double bass)SpeechesProf. Hartmut Dorgerloh, Humboldt Forum, BerlinMarkus Meckel, Former Foreign Minister, Former Member and Chair of the Advisory Board of ENRS, Berlin17 October 202310.00–10.30Opening lecture: ‘Remembrance and Solidarity in Europe: Challenges of Antagonistic Memories’   Prof. Georgiy Kassianov, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin10.30–12.15Panel Discussion 3:National Interests and Transnational Solidarity’Prof. Luigi Cajani, Sapienza University of Rome, RomeDr Eva-Clarita Pettai, Imre Kertész Kolleg, JenaDr Aurora Ailincai, Council of Europe, Observatory on History Teaching in Europe, StrasbourgGéraldine Schwarz, journalist and author, BerlinProf. Jan Rydel, Pedagogical University Kraków, ENRS Steering Committee, KrakówModeration: Dr Paul Ingendaay, journalist FAZ, Berlin12.15–13.15 Lunch Break 13.15–14.45Parallel SessionsExperts’ talks and meeting with practitioners working in the field of historic education and memorial places Session 1: ‘Remembrance and Education on the Internet and in Other Media’Paweł Sawicki, Auschwitz Memorial, KatowiceMarlene Wöckinger, TikTok creator, educator, Mauthausen Memorial, LinzProf. Vjeran Pavlaković, University Rijeka, Department of Cultural Studies, ZagrebAlina Gorlova, film director and producer, KyivModeration: Ulrich Herrmann, author and commissioning editor SWR, Baden-BadenSession 2: ‘Remembrance at Sites of Memory and in Urban Spaces’Prof. Axel Klausmeier, Berlin Wall Foundation, BerlinDr Chantal Kesteloot, Cegesoma/State Archives, BrusselsProf. Robert Kostro, Polish History Museum Warsaw, WarsawModeration: Dr Constanze Itzel, House of European History, BrusselsSession 3: ‘Remembrance and Dealing with Conflicted Topics and Parties’Oriol López-Badell, European Observatory on Memories (EUROM), BarcelonaProf. Valérie Rosoux, Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-NeuveProf. Łukasz Kamiński, Ossolineum Library Wrocław, WrocławDr Ladislav Kudrna, Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (ÚSTR), PragueModeration: Dr Andrea Despot, Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ), Berlin14.45–15.15 Coffee Break15.15–16.15 Presentation of the Sessions by the Moderators and Closing RemarksProf. Matthias Weber, BKGE, OldenburgRafał Rogulski, ENRS, Warsaw

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