The public authorities have not successfully resolved the management of the traumatic memory of the wars, dictatorships and massacres to which the European project was always intended to be a counterpoint. The conflict of memories and the public discourses about the past are latent on ideological, political and cultural levels. However, if in the past the conflict concerning memories tended to develop inside the borders of countries, it has now leapt into the European arena. This has also led to the confrontation and questioning of the great narratives established in the common memory, especially with countries of the East joining the European Union. Each community, group or nation maintains common memories that do not always fit in or converge with a general overall account. The origins of the UB Solidarity Foundation's European Observatory on Memories lie in these debates, and through this book - which includes the contributions of specialists in multiple disciplines and the speeches that were given at the first international symposium, "Memory and Power: A Transnational Perspective" - it hopes to present some of the key challenges that this conflict of memories has in store for us in the present and in the future.
Investigador y doctor en Historia Contemporánea por las Universidades de Barcelona y París 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle. Desde 2012 dirige el Observatorio Europeo de Memorias (EUROM) de la Fundación Solidaridad de la Universidad de Barcelona y es profesor de la Universidad de Barcelona. Colaboró en la creación del Memorial Democrático de Cataluña donde fue el responsable del área de patrimonio y proyectos. Su último libro publicado es Past and Power. Public Policies on Memory. Debates, from Global to Local (Edicions UB, 2016).