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EU Mediterranean Challenges and Memories

Event Details

  • Date:

21-22 October
I. The EU and the Mediterranean since the Barcelona process
II. Mediterranean or Southern European Memories? An overview

23 October
III. Europe, UE, and their histories. Theoretical frameworks and teaching practices

The conference will be on Youtube channel Cattedra Jean Monnet – Uniba and Zoom meeting. 

To receive the link to the Zoom meeting, participants must fill in the form. 18/10/2021 is the last day to register.

The working language of the conference is Italian, but simultaneous translation in English will be provided for all sessions on 22nd October.  

Per iscriversi alla conferenza compilare il modulo di iscrizione entro il 18/10/2021. La conferenza si svolgerà in italiano, con traduzione simultanea in inglese per gli ospiti internazionali.  

Nota per il riconoscimento dei crediti liberi agli studenti.


Jean Monnet Chair, Univ. Bari, 21-22-23 October 2021 – Aula Leogrande, Palazzo delle Poste, Piazza Cesare Battisti (Bari)

The proposed conference intends to open a frank debate on the way in which the EU and its Mediterranean countries in particular are shaping their relationship to their past, how historical memories are being used, reshaped, and reelaborated since 1992 and especially after the 2007-08 crisis.

Scientific Committee of the Conference: Filippo Focardi, Univ. Padua, Giuliana Laschi, Univ. Bologna, Lidia Santarelli, Univ. Princeton, Carlo Spagnolo, Univ. Bari; Claudia Villani, Univ. Bari

Scientific Secretariat and contacts: Lucia Boschetti, Univ. Bari; Antonio Bonatesta, Univ. Bari, cattedra.jeanmonnet.uniba@gmail.com

21 OCTOBER, afternoon

h. 15.00

I. The EU and the Mediterranean since the Barcelona process

Welcome: Stefano Bronzini, Rettore, Univ. of Bari; A. Delli Noci, Assessore regionale allo Sviluppo Economico, Regione Puglia; Valeria Di Comite, Europe Direct Puglia

Chair: G. Laschi, Univ. of Bologna

Rosamaria Gili, Capo divisione Maghreb, Segretariato generale affari politici dell’EEAS, Next Generation EU and the Mediterranean

Federica Bicchi, London School of Economics, UE Foreign Policy and the Mediterannean

Nicola Coniglio, Univ. of Bari, Commercio e catene del valore nel Mediterraneo

Costanza Spocci, journalist, Politiche mediterranee e Medio Oriente da Lisbona

Maurizio Raeli, CIHEAM, The twofold role of agriculture in the process of Euro-Mediterranean integration: a driver of development or an obstacle to dialogue?

Debate: Antonietta Damato, Univ. of Bari



22 OCTOBER h.9.00-13.00; 15.00-18.00

II. Mediterranean or Southern European Memories? An overview

Chair: Carlo Spagnolo, Univ. of Bari


Markus Prutsch, Univ. of Heidelberg/European Parliament, Politics of memory in the European Union

Cristoph Cornelissen, FBK Trient, Cultures of memory in Germany after the Eighties

Lutz Klinkhammer, DHI Rome, German memories’ shift after 1992 and the issue of Southern Europe

Discussant: Peter Lagrou, Univ. Libre de Bruxelles


Sébastien Ledoux, Univ. Paris 1, France politics of memory after 1992: between ‘human rights turn’ and national narrative

Filippo Focardi, Univ. of Padua, Politics of memory and cultures of remembrance in Italy. Conflicts and trasformations since the Nineties

Xosé M. Núñez Seixas, Univ. of Santiago de Compostela, Spain: the clash of memories

Antonio Costa Pinto, Univ. of Lisbona, Portugal: ‘Européisme’ with a huge South

Discussant: Patrizia Dogliani, Univ. of Bologna


Lidia Santarelli, Kostis Karpozilos, Univ. of Princeton and ASKI Athens, Trapped in History? Politics of Memory in Contemporary Greece 

Stefano Petrungaro, Univ. of Venice, Digging in the Past. Mass graves and re-exhumations in the Balkans

Mila Orlic, Univ. of  Rijeka, The shadow of the Croat indipendent State: memory wars between nationalist closures and European openings (1941-2021)

Artan Puto, Univ. of Tirana, The “European” identity of the Albanians: the public speech on Europe’s belonging

Discussant: Stefano Bottoni, Univ. of Florence



23 OCTOBER h. 9.00-13.00; 15.00-18.00



Teaching European Citizenship: The European Civic Calendar and Historical Culture in Schools

Claudia Villani, Univ. of Bari, “Youth and History” twenty years later: historical consciousness in the age of memory. First reflections on the HICOM questionnaire 2018-2021

Piero Colla, Univ. of Strasbourg, Educating for Democratic Citizenship: North-European curriculum revision and the coming of a transnational reform vulgate in the 1950’s and 1960’s

Andrea Di Michele, Univ. of Bozen, Teaching for the nation or for peaceful coexistence? One hundred years of history at school (and not only) in South Tyrol

Luigi Ambrosi, Margherita Angelini, Andrea Miccichè, The Italian Civil Calendar and Pupils: Schools Multiple Approaches in Teaching and Learning History

Paolo Ceccoli, Euroclio, Novecento.Org, Teaching citizenship via history: Euroclio Teachers Trainings, experiences and challenges Interventions Debate


Round Table

Questioning and Teaching Europe beyond presentism and Eurocentrism

Chair: Claudia Villani

Speakers: Tommaso Detti, Univ. Siena; Luigi Cajani, Università La Sapienza, Roma; Antonio Brusa, Università di Bari



Teaching EU History:  European Narratives and Historical Thinking from Teachers’ Perspective

Lucia Boschetti, Univ. of Bari, Teaching EU History in a Wider Context: Challenges and Opportunities in Italian Schools

Alice Modena, Euroclio, Euroclio Teachers Trainings about EU History

Gaetano Pellecchia,  Teaching the European Union in first cycle schools

Silvia Ditrani, Citizenship across Times: Early Modern History and Citizenship Education 

Doriana Dettole, Rosaria Leonardi,  Through borders: migration stories and European spaces 

Comments: Raffaele De Leo, Antonella Fiorio Debate


EU and European Citizenship from Students’ Perspectives

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