"Historical Challenges and Politics of memory of EU Mediterranean countries ", Univ. Bari, 21, 22, 23 October 2021

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October 21, 2021 to October 23, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, European History / Studies, History Education, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Public History
Dear colleagues ,

I am pleased to announce the international conference promoted by the the Jean Monnet Chair, Univ. of Bari, Italy,

"Historical Challenges and Politics of Memory of EU Mediterranean countries ",
Univ. Bari, Italy, 21, 22 and 23 October 2021

The conference deals with the most recent EU Mediterranean policies and the interaction between EU and State politics of memory. A special event on 23 October is devoted to the teaching of history in the EU.
Speakers of various disciplines and officials of various European institutions will tackle, among others, the EU perspectives in the Mediterranean and the elaboration of the past in the EU member countries that shore the Mediterranean.
The Conference working language is Italian, on 22 October there will be a simultaneous translation Italian-English.
Given the limited number of available places, the meeting will be accessible via Zoom and the Youtube channel of the Chair.
It is necessary to fill the inscription form in order to participate, until 18 October:

Page of the event on the web site of the Jean Monnet Chair:

The full program is below


Carlo Spagnolo

Contemporary History
Jean Monnet Chair
University of Bari - Italy

I. The EU and the Mediterranean since the Barcelona process

Chair: G. Laschi, Univ. di Bologna

Rosamaria Gili, Chief division Maghreb, EEAS General Secretariat Political Affairs, Next Generation EU and the Mediterranean

Federica Bicchi, London School of Economics, UE Foreign Policy and the Mediteranean

Nicola Coniglio, Univ. Bari, Trade and Value Chains in the Mediterranean

Costanza Spocci, journalist, Mediterranean policies and the Middle East since Lisbon

Maurizio Raeli, CIHEAM, The twofold role of agriculture in the process of Euro-Mediterranean integration: a driver of development or an obstacle to dialogue?




h.9.00-13.00; 15.00-18.00


II. Mediterranean or Southern European memories? An overview

Chair: C. Spagnolo, Univ. di Bari


  • Markus Prutsch, Heidelberg University/European Parliament, Politics of memory in the European Union
  • Cristoph Cornelissen, FBK Trient, Cultures of memory in Germany after the Eighties
  • Lutz Klinkhammer, DHI Rome, German memories’ shift after 1992 and the issue of Southern Europe


  • Sébastien Ledoux, Univ. Paris 1, France politics of memory after 1992: between ‘human rights turn’ and national narrative
  • Filippo Focardi, Univ. Padova, Politics of memory and cultures of remembrance in Italy. Conflicts and trasformations since the Nineties
  • Xosé M. Núñez Seixas, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain: the clash of memories
  • Antonio Costa Pinto, Univ. of Lisbon, Portugal: ‘Européisme’ with a huge South  


  • Lidia Santarelli, Kostis Karpozilos, Trapped in History? Politics of Memory in Contemporary Greece
  • Stefano Petrungaro, Univ. Venice, Digging in the Past. Mass graves and re-exhumations in the Balkans
  • Mila Orlic, Univ. Rijeka, The shadow of the Croat indipendent State: memory wars between nationalist closures and European openings (1941-2021)
  • Artan Puto, Univ. of Tirana, The "European" identity of the Albanians: the public speech on Europe’s belonging.

Discussants: Stefano Bottoni, Univ. Florence; Patrizia Dogliani, Univ. Bologna; Peter Lagrou, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles



h. 9.00-13.00; 15.00-18.00

EUROPE, UE AND THEIR HISTORIES. Theoretical Frameworks and Teaching Practices

- h 9.00:


The European Civic Calendar and Historical Culture in Schools

- Claudia Villani, Univ. Bari, “Youth and History” twenty years later: historical consciousness in the age of memory. First reflections on the HICOM questionnaire 2018-2021

- Piero Colla, Univ. Strasbourg, Educating for Democratic Citizenship:  North-European curriculum revision and the coming of a transnational reform vulgate in the 1950's and 1960's

- Andrea Di Michele, University Bozen, Teaching for the nation or for peaceful coexistence? One hundred years of history at school (and not only) in South Tyrol

- Luigi Ambrosi, Margherita Angelini, Andrea Miccichè, The Italian Civil Calendar and Pupils: Schools Multiple Approaches in Teaching and Learning History

- Paolo Ceccoli, Euroclio, Novecento.Org, Teaching citizenship via history: Euroclio Teachers Trainings, experiences and challenges




- h 11,00: Round Table


Chair: Claudia Villani

Speakers: Tommaso Detti, Univ. Siena; Luigi Cajani, Univ. La Sapienza, Rome; Antonio Brusa, Univ. Bari


- h 15,00 


European Narratives and Historical Thinking from Teachers’ Perspectives


Lucia Boschetti, Università di Bari, Teaching EU History in a Wider Context: Challenges and Opportunities in Italian Schools

Alice Modena (Euroclio), Euroclio Teachers Trainings about EU History

Gaetano Pellecchia, Teaching the European Union in first cycle schools (schoolteacher)

Silvia Di Trani, Citizenship across Times: Early Modern History and Citizenship Education (schoolteacher)

Doriana Dettole, Rosaria Leonardi, Through borders: migration stories and European spaces (schoolteacher)

Interventions Raffaele De Leo, Antonella Fiorio


- h 17,00

EU and European Citizenship from Students’ Perspectives

POSTER Session

Contact Info: 

Carlo Spagnolo

Professor of Contemporary History

Department of Research and Innovation in Humanities (DIRIUM)

University of Bari

Palazzo Ateneo

70121 BARI



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