AN INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR IN GERNIKA ANALIZES THE DIFFERENT PROCESSES OF RECONSTRUCTION OF HERITAGE AFTER WARS

Promoted by the European Observatory on Memories of the University of Barcelona Solidarity Foundation and the Gernika Peace Museum Foundation, the colloquium “Fall and rise: heritage reconstruction after war” will highlight the processes of reconstruction after the war in Spain and Europe and will address the experience of preservation conducted by Heritage for Peace during the war in Syria.

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The seminar will address social, political and urbanistic aspects of reconstruction through contributions of more than 15 experts from universities and institutions of the Basque Country, Catalonia, Spain, Germany, France, Austria, Slovenia and Syria. Dr. Jordi Guixé, director of the European Observaory on Memories will focus his intervention on “Death Places, live memorials. Spaces of Memory in Europe” during the second day of conferences. The activities will conclude the morning of October 3 with laboratory workshop “Citizen Practices for (re) construction of memory and territory”, given by the Zaramari Bilbao collective, as part of its action plan Urban Bat.

“Fall and Rise” marks the end of the temporary exhibition “The reconstruction of heritage in postwar regions devastated in Gernika” that offers a journey on the reconstruction of the city after the bombing. The pictures of this exhibition, held by the Peace Museum of Gernika, will be available for itinerancy from 5 October 2015.

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The international seminar has been organized in collaboration with the Documentation Centre of the bombing of Gernika and the University of Perpignan Via Domitia with the support of the Seecretartiat of Peace and Coexistence of the Basque Government and the European Commission. The symposium is also integrated into the programming “40/40 Franco: Franco’s regime in quarantine”, a series of activities and cultural events organized by EUROM with the aim of analyzing the Franco regime after 40 years after the dictator’s death.

The complete program of “Fall and rise” is available on this link.

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