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5 Jun 2018 (09:00 - 19:30)
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The European Observatory on Memories (EUROM) of the University of Barcelona and the House of European History (HEH) jointly host a one-day open conference to discuss the role of the policies of the past for the democratic improvement of our societies. The meeting will gather academicians, representatives of trans-European organizations and networks, and those responsible for memory policies at a European level, highlighting the work and the different actors’ active in the field of memory and remembrance.

The conference will take place on June 5 at the auditorium of the House of European History. The institutional opening will feature Constanze Itzel, Head of Unit of the HEH, and Jordi Guixé, director of the EUROM. The opening keynote will be delivered by Peter Vermeersch, professor at the University of Leuven and senior researcher at the Institute for International and European Policy (IIEB).

Auditorium of the House of European History
Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 135
1000 Brussels, Belgium
Attendance is free, previous registration is required:


9.00 am:  Guided visit to the permanent exhibition with Martí Grau, House of European History

11.00 am: Welcome session
Constanze Itzel, Head of Unit, House of European History
Jordi Guixé, Director of the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM)

11.15 am: Opening keynote
A broader view on politics on memory. Peter Vermeersch (Leuven University)
Chair:  Martí Grau, House of European History

11.45 am: Roundtable 1 – Representatives of the European Commission
Europe for Citizens programme: future challenges. Pavel Tychtl (Policy officer, European Commission) and Gilles Pelayo (EACEA - Head of Unit, Europe for Citizens) | Chair: Jordi Guixé (EUROM)

1 pm:  Lunch at Cafe Europa

2.30 pm: Trans European practices on memorial heritage
The Iron Curtain Trail
Michael Cramer (MEP)
Chair: Oriol López (EUROM)

3.30 pm: Roundtable 2 – Members of the European Parliament
Transnational group of Historical Memory
Ana Maria Gomes, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Ana Miranda Paz.
Chair: Miguel Urban

4.45 pm: Coffee break

5 pm:  Roundtable 3 – Civil society networks and projects
Best practices of remembrance initiatives. European Observatory on Memories (EUROM), European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS), Memorial de la Shoah, The Beit Project. Chair: Anna Cozzoli (EACEA – Head of Sector, Europe for Citizens)
Chair: Anna Cozzoli (EC)

6.30 pm: Closing and proposals