Does a common European culture of remembrance exist? Is it possible to build a common historical narrative in 21st-century Europe? These two questions are at the centre of international discussions and debates between history scholars, history academics, researchers, and culture managers. Perhaps talking about “acquis historique communautaire” (common historical experience) is nothing more than a pipe dream? Perhaps there is a common European culture of remembrance, which allows us in Europe to better understand each other and to better cooperate with one another?
The goal of European Remembrance Symposium is to exchange experiences and establish methods and forms of cooperation between institutions from different countries. Representatives of European historical institutions are invited to discuss the challenges facing Europe’s idea of culture of remembrance. The meetings are open to all professionals dealing with 20th-century European history.
The first Symposium took place in Gdansk. If you wish to read the 2012 Symposium’s summary and find out more about the first edition, click here.
The second meeting took place on October 10-12, 2013 in Berlin. More information, summaries and video recordings are available here.
The third edition took place in Prague (Czech Republic) on 9-11 April 2014. All the materials from the Symposium are available here.
The fourth edition took place in Vienna on 11-13 May 2015. The meeting was entitled Remembrance of the Second World War 70 Years After. Winners, Losers, Perpetrators, Victims, Bystanders. All materials from the Symposium are available here.
The fifth edition took place in Budapest on 24-26 May 2016. The meeting was entitled 1956. Contexts, Impact, Remembrance. You can learn more about the Symposium here.
The last year's edition took place in Brussels on 6-8 June 2017. The meeting was entitled Violence in 20th-century European history: commemorating, documenting, educating. You can learn more about the Symposium here.