Friday, 20 November 2015
National Museum of Romanian Peasant, Bucharest
Totalitarian regimes heritage and European narratives.
Experiences and ideas on the role of museums.
After the first cycle of Kenneth Hudson Seminars focused on digital interpretation and communication in museums, EMA has developed together with three other permanent partners (The Micheletti Foundation – Italy; The Forum of Slavic Cultures – Slovenia; The “Reteaua Nationala a Muzeelor” – Romania) the program of a new cycle, dealing with the heritage of totalitarian regimes.
Totalitarianism is part of the history of contemporary Europe. The birth of Fascism, Nazism and Communism marked the first half of the XX Century and the heritage of contemporary Europe. The end of the Second World War can be assumed as the end of one historical cycle and the opening of a new one, which in symbolic terms started with the famous speech by Winston Churchill in 1946: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent."
Our point of view is to examine the traces of this period in European cultural heritage (in museum collections and archives as well as architecture, especially monuments) and to discuss the possible use of such materials for the growing of historic awareness about this period in European civil society.
The general objective - to interconnect people from European civil society and museums, archives, NGOs, together with their experiences, practices and collections, for a better understanding of our Cold War cultural heritage.
As usual, the Seminar will gather around a table for one day from 10 to 15 experts of different background in terms of nationality, profession and age group, for a full immersion and open discussion stimulated by some key note speeches and visual materials.
Participation is free and by invitation. The working language will be English.