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ECOSMeG - European Cosmopolitanism and Sites of Memory through Europe

 

Sector

Research and development, regional cooperation, education

Location

Italy, Croatia, Albania, Adriatic region

Cost (EUR)  

13.000,00 EUR 

Role in the action

Co-applicant

Donor    

EACEA -  Europe for citizens

Dates

01/12/2012 – 31/05/2014

 

Objectives and results of the action

The project aim is to deepen and diffuse the knowledge of history, testimonies and memorial sites of persecution of Jews and other victims of Nazi-Fascism and of the victims of Stalinism where pertinent (as Croatia and Albania) whose commemoration constitutes one of the primary aims of the call.

The project intends to raise consciousness, knowledge and reflection about the historical origin of EU and of its peaceful and democratic values. The main idea is to try to evaluate on one side how deep rooted and diffused are the European values connected to the rejection of all war and genocide. On the other side, how all this is in turn connected to the preservation and meanings of the memory of Shoah and of specific local sites of memory often still little known, through generations. Theoretically and methodologically, we refer to a consolidated literature on Shoah and memory, European unification and cosmopolitanism; on memory of Shoah, other genocides, global memory and human rights (see Levy, Sznaider, Beck, Alexander etc.); and to the studies of Hilberg, Friedlander, Bauer, Ofer etc. The project intends to preserve some little known memory sites and pieces of history, to foster intergenerational dialogue on what really happened and why, and how to prevent such evils.

It includes 4 steps, involving at Step 1 that each university partner, with local stakeholders, possibly associating scholars in Ukraine and Bosnia, will identify 4 students under 30, with gender balance, to study relevant but little known sites of memory and represent them in ways chosen by young people. The sites of memory, little known or whose memory is fading away are 4 in Forli, 6 in Teramo, 1 main camp with 21 sub camps in Calabria, 3 sites in Zagreb and 3 sites in Tirana. At step 2 the results of 1 are locally submitted by the young to local survivors or other witness, in video/audio-taped dialogues, to be the basis for further steps, under supervision of teams and experts. At step 3 the final product of 1 and 2 is presented and discussed with university and schools students, citizens in local dissemination, while at step 4 concerns crossed dissemination, a joint final conference and dissemination through and ad hoc website and other materials.