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Training and Capacity Building

Training and Capacity Building


How do global and local societies confront their past? How to they contend with current environmental, economic and social change? These are some of the main questions WG6 aims to tackle through collaborative exchanges and cooperation. We would like to create a shared understanding of slow memory as an approach and methodology more specifically utilized as a tool in comprehending to global and local grand-scale transformations and responding to their urgency and exigency .

WG6 extends its focus more primarily on communities of practice, which include but are not limited to archives, museums, and policy maker and serves as a space for fostering cooperation between researchers and practitioners in the sectors of heritage and culture. Among our main priorities is actively enhancing the relevance and implementation of slow memory scholarship.

How do global and local societies confront their past? How to they contend with current environmental, economic and social change? As a working group, we seek to answer these questions by opening-up established epistemologies and research methods to new questions and collaborative networks.

This entails the creation of space that serves to promote the exchange of innovative
modes of learning, research and policy on slow memory. We find this of the utmost significance in engaging with communities and sustaining their empowerment.

We would like to serve as an impetus that fosters transnational and interdisciplinary
dialogue on methodologies and pedagogies across environmental science, indigenous epistemologies, peace studies, and political economy.

We also often find that good research requires impactful and effective dissemination. We aim to strengthen the dissemination capacity of research by designing effective ways of incorporating knowledge about slow remembrance practices into policy-making, curatorship, and education throughout Europe, and beyond.

We will be active in engaging with various stakeholders and influential practitioners in the field, and bridging the gap between academia and application through the
organization of workshops, webinars and podcasts as well as the creation of onlinearchives and the curation of exhibitions.

Meet the other Working Groups

WG1: Transformation of Work examines the decline of large-scale industry and the changing nature of the modern workplace, which has had significant effects on local communities and on individuals’ life perspectives. It seeks to develop slow memory concepts in relation to socio-economic analysis through exploring how remembrance practices can make visible economic transitions that are experienced unevenly and gradually. It brings methodological approaches to economic modelling and trends into dialogue with oral history techniques to develop new modes of narrating and visualising socio-economic change.
The current transformation of social welfare and growing inequalities in a slowly deteriorating care system lead us to seek a deeper understanding of how the future aspirations of community members are shaped and how these can be mediated through the practice of remembering. Bringing them together is the aim of WG2.
Though extremism may be on the rise on both ends of the political spectrum, the mobilisation of right-wing forces in a diverse set of countries poses a particular threat to democratic systems of governance and to inclusive political cultures. WG3 will analyse these threats through the lens of memory studies in three ways. First, right-wing and anti-democratic actors skilfully employ the politics of memory to persuade supporters and to drive societal actors into particular policy directions.
Societies gradually emerging from violent conflict face multiple challenges when it comes to dealing with the transgressions of the past and rebuilding the future. The overwhelmingly dominant approach in contemporary conflict resolution is to confront memories and narratives of conflict with a view to find consensus and promote reconciliation. This working group aims to develop ways of creating space for bringing together diverging circumstances, perspectives, experiences and practices into continued contestation and open-ended dialogues. We conceptualize the “slow transformation of conflict” as a form of peacebuilding, which is always a process, never an event.
WG5 will progress the conceptualization of slow environmental remembrance by drawing on the expertise and experience of stakeholder practitioners (e.g. environmental action groups, artists, curators, and museums). The resulting transdisciplinary dialogues between theory and practice will conceive of ways that environmental crisis can be remembered in radically expanded timeframes, laying the memorial foundations for future environmental policy work, and the theoretical foundations for analysing the forms, ethics, and politics of memory work that addresses the climate and ecological emergency.
WG7 is chaired by the Science Communication Manager and will ensure that the Action has a clear online profile and communication strategy. It will also have overall responsibility for updating and implementing the dissemination plan.
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