9th public event of the Re-Bel initiative, Thursday 20 June 2013, 2-6pm
Nations share (the idea of) a common past. What about Belgium? Does the succession of state reforms go hand in hand with a divergence of the memories about Belgium's past? Is this a part of the "Belgian problem"? Or is it a wider phenomenon: the falling apart of collective national identities in a globalizing world? Must we care about a common national memory? Who are the agents of memory in our society? How can they be influenced?
14.00 Opening words by Philippe VAN PARIJS (UCLouvain & Oxford)
14.05 - 15.30
A birth’s eye view on diverging memories in Belgium
Chaired & introduced by Bruno DE WEVER (UGent)
Gita DENECKERE (UGent)
Chantal KESTELOOT (CEGES)
15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break
16.15 - 17.55
Diverging memories: themes
Chaired by Estelle CANTILLON (ULB)
‘Poor Flanders – Rich Wallonia’ (or vice versa)
Maarten VAN GINDERACHTER (UAntwerpen)
Axel TIXHON & Anne ROEKENS (UNamur)
WWI battlefield of memories?
Laurence VAN YPERSELE (UCLouvain)
Nico Wouters (CEGES)
17.55 Closing words by Paul DE GRAUWE (LSE & KU Leuven)
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