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Education, community and memory - EPALE Community Conference 2022

A not-to-be-missed dialogue on the complex process of shaping, discussing and using memory.

Education, community and memory

Communities take shape around their shared history. But communities can also be divided by contended memories, and conflicted ways of viewing history. How is memory shaped, discussed, used and even misused? Can we learn how to remember and value the memory of the past? How can we include in our own common memory the experiences of other communities that we don’t identify with? Can this process of remembrance help us live in the present and shape a better future?

This panel will explore these fascinating, complex questions with the help of scholars and practitioners working in different ways and contexts, to transmit, reconcile and discuss memories of the past.

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Laura FerroLaura Ferro first met ADN – Archivio diaristico nazionale di Pieve Santo Stefano in 2014, as a doctoral student of Philology and Italian literature working on autobiography and autofiction in women writers’ novels. After that, she collaborated on several projects led by ADN, exploring the self-writings of the Italian diaspora, the Second World War, women in politics, migrants, and refugees. Many of these projects led to the realization of websites, conferences, and publications.

Aline SierpAline Sierp is Associate Professor in European Studies at Maastricht University. Her research interests cover collective memory, questions of identity and European integration. Before joining the University of Maastricht, Aline Sierp worked as a researcher at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, where she was responsible for human rights education in the international office. She has published widely on memory and identity issues. Aline is the co-founder and co-president of the Memory Studies Association.

Dineke StamDineke Stam is an independent researcher, historian and curator (, graduated in History at the University of Amsterdam. She loves Life Long Learning while meeting up with people. She has worked at the Anne Frank house and headed the Intercultural Programmes for the Dutch heritage sector at the Netherlands museum association before becoming self-employed. Her fields of expertise are gender and women’s history, WWII and Shoah as well as the history of colonialism and slavery.

Klara JacklKlara Jackl is a senior specialist at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, where since 2013 she has been working on digital collections and oral history as well as exhibitions and online projects related to the Holocaust history. From 2022, she has been coordinating the Erasmus+ project Nonviolent communication approach in adult education in historical museums and memorial sites, aiming to implement non-violent communication into the work of museums and memorial sites which deal with the history of the Holocaust. Klara is a graduate of the Institute of Polish Culture and of Museum Studies at the University of Warsaw, currently a student of the Weiss-Livnat International Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa. 

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