“Past for the Future” – an online conference on 16 – 17 November

Prague, 10 November 2020 – The Platform of European Memory and Conscience together with Le Collège des Bernardins (France) and in collaboration with the European Economic and Social Committee are organising an online conference entitled “Past for the Future”, which will take place on 16 – 17 November 2020.

The main goal of the conference is to look for answers to important questions such as: What European narrative line(s) do we need in a united Europe? How to apply the historical method of crossed looks to the past?

Programme of the conference

16 November – What European narrative line(s) do we need in a united Europe?(10:00-11:00)

Panel I: Past for the Future: How can European History heal the wounds of the past?

  • Moderator: Łukasz Kamiński, President of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience
  • Rasa Juknevičienė, Member of the European Parliament
  • Luca Jahier, former President of the European Economic and Social Committee
  • Mattia de’ Grassi di Pianura, Member of Cabinet of Commission Vice-President Dubravka-Šuica

(11.30-12.30)

Panel II: What are the methods, the instruments, the institutions for a true European narrative?

  • Moderator: Tobias Tigges, Collège des Bernardins
  • Alain Lamassoure, Counsellor to the Council of Europe
  • Monika Kareniauskaite, Head of Historical Memory Department at the Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania
  • Constanze Itzel, Museum Director of the House of European History

17 November – How to apply the historical method of the crossed looks to the past? (10:00-11:00)

Panel III: Is Europe ready for a judgment of the communist regimes?

  • Moderator: Pawel Ukielski, Deputy director of the Warsaw Rising Museum
  • Neela Winkelmann-Heyrovská, former Managing Director of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience
  • Andreja Valič Zver, former director of the Study Centre for National Reconciliation, current advisor in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister (Slovenia)
  • Françoise Thom, Senior Lecturer of History and Sovietology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne

(11.30-12.30)

Panel IV: What would be a joint Ukrainian-Russian history textbook?

  • Moderator: Antoine Arjakovsky, Research Director at Le Collège des Bernardins
  • Nikita Sokolov, Deputy Director of Research at The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center
  • Anton Drobovych, Head of the Institute of National Remembrance (Ukraine)
  • Hennadiy Druzenko, (legal) scholar and i.a. former Government Commissioner for Ethno-National policy (Ukraine)

If you are interested in participating (and being able to ask questions), please sign up through this form. The conference will be held online, on the platform Zoom. You will receive a link to access the conference a few days before the event. The link to the Facebook event page (where the event will also be live streamed) can be found here: https://fb.me/e/3JSRfPFUW