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YOU&ME: Youth and Memory Activism
DESCRIPTION & METHODOLOGY
The "Youth and Memory activism" project aims to boost the relevance of youth in collective remembrance and memory politics, by stimulating exchanges of know-how and best practices in 3 European countries: Spain has not properly addressed its turbulent past until recently, today the "grandchildren generation" is finally dealing with the consequences of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist dictatorship. Cyprus remains divided since Turkey occupied 35% of the island in 1974, today youth either doesn't care or have populist beliefs in regards to local history. And Bosnia-Herzegovina still struggles with its transitional justice and reconciliation processes after the 1990's war and today youth population is immersed in conflicting and contradicting narratives of the past.
In this regard, "You&Me" raises shared questions about the troubled pasts in the 3 countries. During three international workshops, public uses of memory will be questioned from multidisciplinary perspectives as a tool to achieve a more democratic society. The ambition of the youth exchanges is on the one hand to learn from other countries' difficult pasts and how these are addressed today and on the other hand to question the tools which would encourage youth to become public memory players.
The methodology of the project is based on non-formal education and experiential learning. Young representatives from the three participant countries will gather to learn the history of other European regions and how these are dealing with troubled pasts through visits to memory sites or interviews with witnesses. Also three memorial actions on public space will be organized in every venue, such as graffiti, parades or theatre plays. Moreover, participants will discuss about methodologies and best practices intended to attract youth in memory politics. As a result of this, a policy brief will be published with recommendations on how to engage young people in this field from a transnational perspective
The Associació Conèixer Historia in cooperation with the Barcelona Youth Council (associate collaborator of the project) will organize a workshop to gather youth representatives of the 3 participating countries. The aim is learning about the recent history of Spain and how locals are dealing with the past. Also a memorial action on public space will be organized in the Gracia neighbourhood, most likely some giant graffiti.
The workshop in Cyprus will focus on the Cypriot issue and the input and opinion about remembrance from Cypriots youngsters as it is a good source of debates, especially for youngsters who do not originate from Cyprus. Specific activities based on non formal education will be implemented to allow participants to safely express their opinions in the topic and achieve the maximum exchange where each participant will learn from each other and about remembrance.
During an international workshop to be held in Sarajevo, participants will learn about the most crucial historical events in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with relation to armed and violent conflicts and the remembrance thereof. In addition, during this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on, learn from and understand both the similarities and differences to approaches of remembrance between Spain, Cyprus and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
During all the project development, participants will discuss about methodologies and best practices intended to attract youth in memory politics. The goal is writing a concise summary of information that can help readers understand, and likely make decisions about, government policies. It may give objective summaries of relevant discussions, suggest possible policy options, or go even further and argue for particular courses of action. As a result of the discussions and debates, a policy brief will be published with recommendations on how to engage young people in the field of remembrance from a transnational perspective, aiming to acquire a tool that could be applicable in all EU Member States and third countries.