Competing Memories feedback

The first three days of the Competing Memories Conference are over, and we have moved to the Westerbork Camp to summing up what discussed and presented during the seminar: many cases, different ideas about the future of research in Conflict Heritage Studies, but also dissonant positions about the role of Monuments/Museums/Memorieals in this concern.

More and more, there is the need to go beyond “sacralization” of memorial sites to foreseen a productive & participatory approach to war heritage.

Here you find the link to download the Abstract brochure


other initiatives #007: Competing Memories

On behalf of the entire team I am pleased to present you the final program of the “Competing Memories” conference. The online version can be found here. A conference booklet (including practical information, the final program and all the abstracts) will be made available soon.

We would appreciate it if you could disseminate the program within your network. Registration is obligatory for participants, but free of charge (excluding a contribution for lunch).

If you haven’t done so yet – please inform us about your arrival, departure dates and travel/accommodation costs.

As always, if there are any further questions do not hesitate to contact me.

Looking forward receiving you soon in Amsterdam.

Best wishes,
Competing Memories team

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REcall publication

Re-enacting the past
Museography for conflict heritage

The book takes inspiration from one of the most significant subject of debates of the recent years, that is to say the role of memory connected with Conflict Heritage. Linked as they are to unpleasant stories, they represent a patrimony that is difficult to manage. However, we believe they have the potential to resonate beyond their local contexts and work toward the construction of a collective identity on a European scale. This book presents a critical anthology of essays for the first time grouped in according to three main topics, archaeology, art and museography, and offers different approaches and new perspectives on the theme of Conflict Heritage.

The work, edited by Michela Bassanelli and Gennaro Postiglione, is published by LetteraVentidue and results from the previous research “Museography for Conflict Archaeology” that merged (and inspired) in “REcall-project”.

We hope this Reader will critically contribute to the on-going discussion about Conflict and Difficult Heritage.

Browse in the book!


from other initiatives #006 International open call for entries: GHOST TOWN CHALLENGE

Karosta translates as War Port (or Navy Harbour). It is used to be a closed secret military town for the Russian Empire, and later for the Soviet military. As Latvia regained its independence in 1990, the Soviet military had to leave Karosta. As a result the population dropped dramatically from 25 000 to 6 000, leaving many abandoned buildings behind which have fallen into a state of partial or complete disrepair.

Homemade Dessert in collaboration with Liepaja City Council and a number of local artists has created a design brief on Karosta´s revitalization.

This competition invites you to present your architectural vision for a multi-purpose cultural centre that would include exhibition hall, library, and conference centre with possible entertainment as retail zones and a restaurant.

This is the first of the competition series on Liepaja city. This international architecture vision competition is open to everyone. Teams must have no more than 4 people, no professional qualification is required.

Registration Deadline: 10.11.2013
Submission Deadline: 01.12.2013

Go to the competition web-page

from other initiatives #005 International open call for entries: July 22 memorial sites

In commemoration of the terror attacks of July 22, 2011, the Norwegian Government has decided to establish national memorial sites in Hole and in Oslo.

Public Art Norway (KORO) is responsible for the projects’ artistic direction and now inviting artists to submit proposals to an international open call.

For more information and submission guidelines, please go to:

from other initiatives #004 CFP European museums 1914-1918

Call for papers

International Conference

Mars and Museum. European Museums during the First World War

Organised by:
· Bénédicte Savoy (Technische Universität Berlin),
· Petra Winter (Zentralarchiv der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz),
· Christina Kott (Centre Marc Bloch Berlin, Université Panthéon-Assas Paris)

Date: September 18, 2014 – September 20, 2014

Location: Technische Universität Berlin, Strasse des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, and the Museum Hamburger
Bahnhof, Invalidenstrasse 50-51, 10557 Berlin

Submission deadline: April 30, 2013

More info: here

from other initiatives #003 Europe for citizens program 2007-2013

The aims of this Programme Guide is to assist all those interested in developing projects or receiving financial support under the “Europe for Citizens” Programme (2007-2013). It helps them understand both the objectives and the actions of the Programme and therefore the types of activities that can be supported.

It gives detailed information on what is needed to apply and what level of grant can be offered. It includes:
– a comprehensive set of information about funding opportunities under the “Europe for Citizens” Programme: essential conditions for an application for funding, explanation of the selection procedure and of general rules relevant to those applications for EU grants that are selected at the end of this procedure;
– in the interests of stability and predictability, a calendar for the submission and assessment of applications, which shall be valid for the entire duration of the Programme. This will facilitate more effective and longer-term planning for organisations interested in developing activities under this Programme;
– a detailed and stable definition of all requirements each type of project is supposed to match;
– a glossary of terms and definitions relevant to the “Europe for Citizens” Programme (see ANNEX I, p.53).

The applicability of this guide, however, is subject to fulfilment of the following conditions:
– adoption by the Commission of the annual work programme for the Europe for Citizens Programme, following its transmission to the Programme Committee;
– adoption by the European Parliament and Council of the funding required for the Europe for Citizens Programme in the framework of the annual budget of the European Union.

All forms and documents needed to apply for funding can be downloaded via the Internet addresses provided in the Chapter II.1 “Submission procedure” of this guide for ease of access for applicants (see p.14).

More information: here

from other initiatives #002 The Vienna Project

The Vienna Project is a new social action Holocaust memorial project. Slated to begin in 2013 and conclude in 2014, the Project is to be situated on the streets of Vienna and along the Danube Canal. The Vienna Project will be the first public memorial in Europe to symbolically represent multiple groups of persecuted victims of National Socialism, while also naming individual victims and dissidents on record within a given country, murdered between 1938-1945. Forging a dynamic relationship between different disciplines: art, video, typography, web design, street theater, sound art, history, archival research, and Holocaust education, The Vienna Project is envisioned as a “living” memorial based on a participatory model of engagement.


Developed through dialogue as a citizen-led initiative, The Vienna Project is a “process-based” expression of remembrance. The Memorial Project will open on the night of October 24th, 2013, preceding Austrian National Day, the commemoration of  the beginnings of the Second Republic of Austria. The Vienna Project marks the 75th anniversary year of the Anschluss in 1938, when racial persecution began in Austria; it will conclude on V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day).  The memorial project unfolds over the course of six months as a dynamic series of performative events, dedicated to stimulating fresh conversations in novel formats regarding the Holocaust and National Socialism.

Fusing public memory with participatory methodologies, the memorial project will engage the Austrian public in a communal experience of remembrance. Developed as a hyper-techno production occurring at different sites around the city, the Project will feature video projections, performance art, installation art, photography and videography, plus the introduction of a digitized memorial, prepared as a dynamic, interactive web site.

Bridging three disciplines: history (archival research), art (digital technology and street art), and Holocaust education, the memorial project is dedicated to mixing invention with accuracy, the historic record with contemporary filters, and individual engagement with social consciousness.  Each discipline makes a critical contribution to the design of the project and none of the disciplines are subservient to the others.

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from other initiatives #001 ATRIUM photo contest

The European project ATRIUM – Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XX Century in Urban Management – focuses on the architectural heritage of the different totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century in Europe, to create a European Cultural Route. However, there are many buildings of great historical value which lie neglected all over Europe.

SPAZI INDECISI, the Municipality of Forlì, lead partner of the “ATRIUM” project and the Province of Forlì-Cesena as a project partner, announce TOTALLY LOST, a European photo and video exploration aimed at finding, registering and taking pictures of the architectural heritage of European Totalitarian Regimes, including both abandoned and still being used buildings.

The contest is implemented under the European Project “Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the XX Century in Urban Management – ATRIUM” funded by the South-Est Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme.

Spot, take a picture or make a video of derelict buildings or still in use, which date to the period of the Totalitarian Regimes, in the partner countries of the “Atrium” project (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary): factories, institutional buildings, dwellings, places of propaganda, places of power, etc.


Your work could be part of the TOTALLY LOST exhibition which will be put on in Forlì by Spazi Indecisi inside a totalitarian building in June 2013, and subsequently in other European cities participating in the ATRIUM project.

The pictures and videos will be published in the exhibition catalogue, which will be distributed to all the photographers and video makers selected.

More info here.