Day 1 – Tuesday 21 May
18:00—Reception: cocktails followed by concert (Jazz Band Młynarski-Masecki) and dinner
Day 2 – Wednesday 22 May
09:00–10:30 Opening panel: Grand national narratives and conceptualisations of freedom
How is freedom understood in national narratives concerning the past? In the museum narrative, does freedom appear mainly in the context of independence or the lack and fighting for independence (freedom from captivity, persecution, occupying forces, etc.), or does it also appear in the context of human and civil rights? Is it reinforced through the freedom of/right to: assembly, choice, self-determination, etc.?
Whether and how the notion of freedom in museum narratives goes beyond national narratives, and how are narratives about civil rights and freedoms, rights of minorities, the freedom of speech, religion, etc. told/conceptualised?
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:30 Q&A session – Symbols of regained/lost freedom – Case Studies
A discussion panel with directors of various institutions, historians (public history), memory researchers, cultural scientists, philosophers, etc. on how the memory of freedom is commemorated in material public spaces
12:30–13:30 Turbo presentations
During the turbo presentations, participants showcase their organisation or project to the symposium’s audience. Each speaker has up to 90 seconds. The topics have to be connected with the general theme of the symposium.
If you would like to take part and present, please read more here.
13:30—14:30 Lunch and coffee break
14:30–16:30 Parallel panel discussions:
1. Historical education: freedom and modern technologies –challenges and opportunities
Challenges to freedom in historical education: new media, new technologies and the deluge of publicly available content (Artificial Intelligence [ChatGPT], disinformation, social media)
Is historical education simpler now given the current technological advancement and the diversity of teaching formats? What challenges does it have to face? Should the freedom of access to diverse sources of historical knowledge and (educational) tools be restricted? How to teach about the past, memory and truth at a time when the authority of a teacher/educator/researcher is so often questioned?
A meeting of educators, teachers and experts aimed at discussion and experience exchange, as well as developing new strategies and good practice
2. Freedom as a topic in the field of culture (screening of the documentary)
How is the memory of freedom commemorated in contemporary public cultural discourse (broadly understood as in film and theatre). Is the memory of freedom dominated by 19th-century history and the period when states emerged? Do the symbols of freedom and its definitions change over time, acquiring new meanings or becoming obsolete?
16:30—16:45 Coffee Break
16:45—18:15 Participation in museums: shaping museum narratives
Representatives of museums relate their own experiences. Engagement of the public and audiences (interactivity, participation, expectations of the public) and their positive as well as negative impact on the museum narratives. Commercialisation of cultural institutions and museums.
Day 3 –Thursday 23 May
10:00–11:30 Polish History Museum, Warsaw
Day 4 – Friday 24 May
10:00—11:30 Mentoring sessions in following fields:
• Digital competences and on-line projects
• Marketing and education
• Fundraising for historical and educational projects
• The power of dialogue / managing projects involving historically
11:30—12:00 Coffee break
12:00–14:00 Summary and round table discussion: Freedom and Remembrance in intergenerational dialogue
How does the memory of freedom evolve? How is/was freedom understood and commemorated by the generations that experienced global conflicts (First and Second World Wars) and totalitarianisms? Does freedom mean the same for the generations born after 1989 as for those before them? What is common and what is different in successive generations as regards to the meaning of freedom and cultivating it? Could the differences in defining and understanding freedom pose a threat?
14:00—14:15 Closing remarks and lunch