Current programmes

Colonial Barcelona

Colonial Barcelona

Dates: 08/03/2016 - 22/05/2018 Venue: Changing

Colonial Barcelona is a space for dialogue on the transmission of memories of colonial narratives in all their aspects, in particular, their symbolic expression in the public space and how a democratic society handles such expressions. This area of reflection is organised and promoted by the Institute of Present Pasts.

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Hipercor

Hipercor

Dates: 17/06/2017 - 31/12/2018 Venue: Parc de Can Dragó and Fabra i Coats

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the terrorist attack committed by ETA on the Hipercor department store in the Sant Andreu district, as a result of which 21 people and 45 were injured, we are embarking on a commemorative city project as we consider the attack was against all of Barcelona and made potential victims of all its residents.

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La Model Espai Memorial

La Model Espai Memorial

Dates: Since 25/10/2017 Venue: La Model

Project to turn part of the old Model prison into an interpretation centre on repression and social movements.

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Winnipeg Memorial

Winnipeg Memorial

Dates: Since 13/11/2017 Venue: El Born CCM

The Winnipeg Memorial is the programme promoted by the Institute of Present Pasts which organises and promotes activities that connect the Americas and Europe. The main activity is the agreement signed between the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) and the Commissioner for Memory Programmes to foster the exchange of knowledge, research and memorial experiences and their dissemination in Europe and the Americas.

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First International History Conference on Political Corruption in Contemporary Spain (19th-21st centuries)

First International History Conference on Political Corruption in Contemporary Spain (19th-21st centuries)

Dates: 14/12/2017 - 15/12/2017 Venue: El Born CCM

An open reflection encompassing several scientific disciplines for the purposes of analysing political corruption beyond the present and institutional policies. It seems more than relevant today to place the history of corruption in the spotlight. Political scandals are filling the pages of newspapers and represent one of our society’s maladies.

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Montserrat Roig 1977. Memory and utopia

Montserrat Roig 1977. Memory and utopia

Dates: 20/12/2017 - 30/04/2018 Venue: El Born CCM

1977 was an important year in Montserrat Roig's intellectual project, with the publication of Els catalans als camps nazis, El temps de les cireres and her management of the interview programme for TVE that started at the time. It had intense repercussions on the Catalan public's approach to the past in terms of its understanding of the trouble present during times, involving the institutional transition toward democracy, where the term “historical memory” was a metaphor of a craving for knowing and discovering the past.

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Remembering the destruction

Remembering the destruction

Dates: 16/02/2018 - 28/10/2018 Venue: El Born CCM

As the eightieth anniversary of the aerial bombings on Barcelona approaches, the Commissioner is promoting a memorial programme on the attacks to keep memories, experiences and knowledge of these barbarities at the hands of fascism alive as well as the efforts made by citizens to protect and defend themselves and to organise life in the city, which took in thousands of refugees established in Catalonia under the protection and coordination of its municipalities.

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Finished programmes

The revolution that shook the world

The revolution that shook the world

Dates: 26/10/2017 - 30/11/2017 Venue: El Born CCM

A series of talks focusing on the phenomenon that shaped, in Eric Hobsbawm's words, the short twentieth century, from the present, past, literature, political activism, art and journalism.

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The topicality of the past

The topicality of the past

Dates: 03/10/2017 - 24/10/2017 Venue: El Born CCM

Introductory course for memory studies coordinated by Maria Chiara Bianchini and aimed at anyone interested in researching the mechanisms and trends of current memorial-safeguarding cultures from an interdisciplinary and transnational approach.

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In movement[s]. Barcelona’s women. Forty years and over. 1976-2016

In movement[s]. Barcelona’s women. Forty years and over. 1976-2016

Dates: 28/11/2016 - 12/07/2017 Venue: Every district

Programme that was launched from January to July 2017 in the city’s ten districts, to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the First Jornades Catalanes de la Dona [Catalan Women’s Conference].

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Je vous offre les oiseaux - I offer you the birds

Je vous offre les oiseaux - I offer you the birds

Dates: 27/01/2017 - 28/04/2017 Venue: MUHBA Plaça del Rei (capella de Santa Àgata)

Je vous offre les oiseaux – I offer you the birds is an artistic idea by Marta Marín-Dòmine conceived as a gesture of recognition to one of the perceptions shared by many survivors of the Nazi camps: not having ever seen a bird flying over the camps.

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City, spaces and architecture of memory

City, spaces and architecture of memory

Dates: 16/02/2017 - 09/03/2017 Venue: El Born CCM

City, spaces and architecture of memory is a course on the city and the various layers of its memory. Run by Kathrin Golda-Pongratz, it offers an opportunity to see the city from a different angle, to encourage greater involvement in present memories in urban spaces.

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Archives, Human Rights and Transparency

Archives, Human Rights and Transparency

Dates: 27/02/2017 - 27/02/2017 Venue: El Born CCM

The purpose of the Archives, Human Rights and Transparency Conference is to stimulate a joint reflection on three concepts which are often read in an exclusive way by the general public.

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Narratives of memories on state violence

Narratives of memories on state violence

Dates: 22/02/2017 - 22/02/2017 Venue: El Born CCM

Debate on multi-disciplinary approaches and perspectives on the phenomenon of building memories and speaking of victimisers, in order to delve deeply into the narratives, logic and morals that sustain them.

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Evocations of ruins

Evocations of ruins

Dates: 27/09/2016 - 08/01/2017 Venue: El Born CCM

A comprehensive proposal that questions the ethical void created by democratic authorities over the legacies of war and dictatorship.

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80 years since the war and revolution in Barcelona

80 years since the war and revolution in Barcelona

Dates: 18/07/2016 - 19/07/2016 Venue: All districts

The aim behind this austere but highly meaningful programme is to remember and pay homage to the men and women who defended a communal and egalitarian Barcelona, the social and national rights achieved and the universal values of peace, democracy and freedom.

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1975. The

1975. The "no to catalan" city councillors

Dates: 13/05/2016 - 26/06/2016 Venue: Palau de la Virreina courtyard

Since its beginnings, Catalan nationalism has always put language at the top of its demands. But it was the repressive fixation of the two dictatorships in the 20th century (especially Franco's) that ended up turning it into it into a central demand, alongside political autonomy.

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Memory, citizenship and solidarity

Memory, citizenship and solidarity

Dates: 30/05/2016 - 01/06/2016 Venue: Universitat de Barcelona and El Born CCM

Sixth Annual Conference of European Union Memory Organisations, to analyse memory policies in their current relationship with the concepts of citizenship and democracy.

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1936-2016 The use of war eighty years later: conflict, representation and legacy

1936-2016 The use of war eighty years later: conflict, representation and legacy

Dates: 21/04/2016 - 10/05/2016 Venue: El Born CCM

Five dialogues focused on elements that have been significant for building an image and a use of the past of war and revolution: popular rebellion in the 1930s in the urban spaces of large industrial European cities, including Barcelona; the meaning given to the ruins of war in democracy; decomposing Picasso's Guernica; bringing exile and diaspora back to the centre as well as the legacy of unfinished forced disappearances and impunity that this expresses.

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