International Symposium, 12-13 September, Belgrade

Policies and Practices of Memory Preservation and Integration in City Development

Cultural Centre of Belgrade, the ARTGET Gallery

The symposium is based on the premise that a critical approach to examining the past is a necessary condition for the development of a community. The main aim of the symposium is to stress the importance of exploration, preservation and communication of places of collective memory places, as well as to urge relevant institutions and social actors to take responsibility and engage in memory preservation.

The symposium gathers prominent experts from Serbia and other countries from the areas of culture, politics, history and art history, geography, arts, architecture, as well as activists. The symposium thus provides an opportunity to examine the notion of memory from different perspectives and to identify tasks for politicians, institutions and relevant actors. One segment of the symposium will be dedicated to the history, collective memory and narratives of Belgrade’s Slavija square, which is perceived by Serbs as a public place with a strong collective identity and a place of great importance for the history and memory of Belgrade. Several projects, which aim at reconstructing and revitalising Slavija square, will be presented at the symposium.

Here you can download the programme of the symposium. Here is more information about the project.

The symposium is part of the project MEMORY OF THE CITY, which is organized by Kulturklammer and Brunch in partnership with the Cultural Centre of Belgrade.

This project has been supported by: Austrian Cultural Forum Belgrade | ERSTE Foundation | Fund for an Open Society | Ministry of Culture, Media and Information Society | Municipality of Vračar | The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia