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Memory Laws in Europe and Beyond: Towards Ethical Governance of Historical Narratives

Foreign policy, Security and Defence
Date: Friday, 24 May 2019 08:30 - 18:00

Venue: University of Kent, Brussels School for International Studies, Boulevard Louis Schmidt 2a, Etterbeek

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Registration: https://bit.ly/2DWrwcx    


Programme:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/12E9bgUihFMx0V7dpANbSXAWDPyfn15ym/view


Governments constantly use law and policy to promote official understandings of history. By

prohibiting and punishing certain interpretations of the past, states regulate how historical memory is

shaped and history is understood. This conference, organised in collaboration with the University of

Kent (Brussels School of International Studies) and the Asser Institute (The Hague), is the

culmination of three years of research by the Memory Laws in European and Comparative

Perspective (MELA) Project. The conference will examine normative frameworks for evaluating

governments and helping international organisations to identify problems and abuses arising from the

use of law to shape historical memory. Contemplating bridges between academic research and civil

society organisations, we shall seek a wide-ranging perspective on the governance of historical

memory in Europe and around the world.


The Memory Laws in European and Comparative Perspectives (MELA) Project is a four-nation,

EU-sponsored research consortium gathered to examine memory laws throughout Europe and the

world, organised with the generous support of Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA).

The MELA Project is comprised of researchers from Queen Mary University of London, the Asser

Institute – University of Amsterdam, the University of Bologna and the Institute of Law Studies of the

Polish Academy of Sciences.


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  • Friday, 24 May 2019 08:30 - 18:00

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