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The UvA, together with the University of Bologna, Universidad De Colombia, Universidad De Buenos Aires, Fonazione Recupero E valorizzazione Della Memoria Storica De Campo Di Fossoli, Museo de Stitio ESMA- Ex Centro Clandestino de Detención, Tortura y Exterminio Argentina, and Castrum Peregrini from Amsterdam, have been awarded a grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange for their SPEME project ‘Questioning Traumatic Heritage: Spaces of Memory in Europe, Argentina, Colombia’.

I.A.M. Saloul
Dr. Ihab Saloul

Dr. Ihab Saloul (Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture / AHM) will lead the UvA part of the project. SPEME will develop a joint program of exchanges between academic researchers - working on memory, trauma and heritage - and non-academic professionals - working in the fields of memory museums and sites of memory - between Italy, The Netherlands, Argentina and Colombia. The project aims to devise new forms of transmission of traumatic memories linking them to the present, on the assumption that memory, to be effective, has to invent creative ways of becoming relevant to the present.

The international and intersectoral network developed by the project will make possible transfers of knowledge, both between difficult past heritages in different historical and geographical contexts (Europe and Latin America) and between academic researchers and museum curators. The different and complementary competences of these institutions will promote something more than a simple knowledge transfer but will fuel powerful knowledge exchanges at the theoretical, methodological and practical levels, which has few or no precedents in the fields of memory and museum studies as well as facilitate the development of innovative and creative actions involving new social actors, civil society, new generations, minority groups, refugees, and others. The project will start in July 2018 and run for 2022.