Exchange Platform
on History and Remembrance

The 7th annual study trip and workshop took place in Serbia, 9-15.10.2016

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It is essential to be aware of what kind of memorial policies are being developed since this affects the quality of democracy and the social representation in the public sphere. From a local perspective, I’m addressing through public history practices different past events of the Spanish history that probably have not been disseminated enough among the society: the repression during Franco dictatorship in Spain, the heritage of slavery in the streets of Barcelona, etc.


School on Commemorative Cultures for NGOs from the Balkans, organized in Zagreb by Documenta and the Institut für Angewandte Geschichte Frankfurt/Oder.

memory map

We decided to visit Vukovar because of the specific signification of the town in the Croatian “Homeland War” 1991-1995 and in the remembrance of this war. We visited three memory sites related to the siege of the town in 1991: the Memorial-Museum in the hospital of Vukovar, the Ovčara Memorial and the Ovčara mass grave site, and the Vukovar Memorial Cemetery. The “Memorial Cemetery of Homeland War Victims” was established on the site of a mass grave were 938 Croatian soldiers and civilians were buried after the occupation of Vukovar in November 1991.

Memory in Focus

Oral History Collection: “Bosnian and Herzegovinian Memories” In this project,100 citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) from various social layers and regions have been interviewed with a video camera about their personal experiences during the Second World War and the recent war between 1991 and 1995. The recordings are made available to the public through an online interview platform that is freely accessible and can be searched with a broad variety of keywords. The project was implemented by Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN), University of Sarajevo – Human Rights Centre in cooperation with the Erasmus University Rotterdam.