European organizations meet at the Jean Monnet House to discuss the challenges of European memory policies

Eight workshops will allow participants to examine topics like how to involve young people and less active citizens, cooperate at the international level, communicate and make results sustainable.

The Jean Monnet House (European Parliament), the European Observatory on Memories (EUROM) of the University of Barcelona and the European Commission, in cooperation with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), organize on October 23 and 24 in France the meeting Taking stock of European memory policies.

The event will gather the representatives of over 50 projects selected in 2018 and 2019 under Europe for Citizens programme (European Commission) with the aim to improve the results and impacts of this programme in the area of remembrance.

The welcome session will be held on October 23 at the Hotel Meliá La Défense in Paris, where the organisers of the event will talk about the importance of remembrance in European policies, and will screen the documentary film 1948-2018: réveil de la “Guerre froide”? (1948-2018: awakening of the “Cold War”?), introduced by its director, André Bossuroy (MEDIEL asbl).

On October 24, attendees will gather at the Jean Monnet House in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne for a series of workshops and debates. The opening session will consist of a dialogue on the challenges of the public policies of memory in Europe with the participation of experts Sarah Gensburger, laureate researcher of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and Markus Prutsch, principal investigator and administrator for Culture and Education Policies at the European Parliament.

Shortly after that, the assistants will be organized in four workshops to share practical experiences and to address the challenges of their projects on issues of youth participation, cultural heritage, critical judgment, and citizenry. The second session of four workshops will be dedicated to cooperation at the international level, communication tools, citizens’ engagement and projects’ sustainability.

To end, a public event on the education of European memories will be held in the framework of the cycle Conversations sur l’Europe (Conversations on Europe), commemorating the 40th anniversary of Jean Monnet’s death. The event will close with the performance “At Summer’s end”, by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Human Rights.

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