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  • Presentation to high school students in the Petnica Science Center in South Eastern Europe

    On the occasion of the Summer School of socio-humanistic science, organised in the research station Petnica between September 22-October 1, 2023 for high school students, Vukašin Zorić, a research assistant at the University of Belgrade (Faculty of Philosophy), gave a lecture on the topics of the CLEO project: heroisation and victimisation narrative matrices in 20th-century European nation-building and memory politics. Fifteen high-school students and four University-level students attended the lecture and were able to add another layer to their understanding of national identity and memory. Firstly, he introduced the students to the basic concepts of nationalism studies and the field's history. Later on, he talked about paradigmatic examples of heroisation and victimisation in European and Serbian mnemonic practices. Finally, the lecture concluded with a broad discussion with the students. Petnica Science Center (PSC) is the biggest independent organization for extracurricular, informal science education (

  • News from Greece

    On September 29, 2023, Katerina Papadimitriou, a PhD Candidate at the University of Patras and an invited student at CLEO Summer University, participated in the Chat Lab activity in the frame of Greek Researcher Night 2023. Katerina presented the CLEO project and her experience at the Summer University at Belgrade. As part of the Chat Lab, an action of the Researcher's Night, a first live presentation took place on Wednesday 27/09 with the High School of Skydra, during which the Cleo project was presented as well as the results of the Summer University held in Serbia September 10-16. A second Zoom meeting took place on Friday 29/09 with an English teacher of the prefecture of Attica, with which an extensive discussion took place about the Cleo project.κατερίνα-παπαδημητρίου/ The European Researchers' Night is a Europe-wide public event, which displays the diversity of science and its impact on citizens' daily lives in fun, inspiring ways and brings research and researchers closer to the public while promoting excellent research projects across Europe and beyond.

  • Summer University

    The CLEO Summer University convened its eagerly awaited session from September 10 to September 17, 2023, in the picturesque city of Belgrade, Serbia. This captivating week-long event saw the enthusiastic participation of a diverse cohort of 30 students hailing from six different countries. These young minds came together to immerse themselves in a rich tapestry of lectures, engaging seminars, thought-provoking assignments, and enlightening site visits, all meticulously curated to delve into the nuanced themes of history and post-heroism within the dynamic framework of European contexts. The University of Belgrade, renowned for its academic excellence and historical significance, served as the organiser and gracious host of this intellectually stimulating gathering. As one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in the region, the University of Belgrade provided the perfect backdrop for fostering cross-cultural dialogue and the exploration of complex historical narratives. Throughout the week, participants engaged in a rigorous academic program designed to challenge their perspectives and broaden their horizons. Distinguished scholars and experts from various disciplines led captivating lectures, sparking lively debates and discussions among the students. The seminars, meanwhile, provided an intimate setting for students to delve deeper into specific topics, encouraging critical thinking and the exchange of ideas. To complement their classroom experiences, attendees embarked on illuminating visits to historical sites and cultural landmarks in Belgrade and its surroundings. These excursions provided a tangible connection to the historical context under discussion, enabling students to witness first-hand the legacy of the past and its influence on contemporary European society. In addition to their academic pursuits, the participants had the unique opportunity to interact with their peers from different cultural backgrounds, forging lasting friendships and cross-border collaborations. The diverse composition of the student body enriched the experience, fostering a vibrant atmosphere of cross-cultural exchange and mutual learning. The CLEO Summer University in Belgrade, Serbia, not only offered an exceptional educational experience but also served as a testament to the power of international collaboration and academic exploration. As the event drew to a close on September 17, 2023, participants left with a deeper understanding of history and post-heroism in European contexts, as well as cherished memories of their time in the heart of Serbia's vibrant capital. This gathering reinforced the importance of fostering global connections and promoting a more profound appreciation for the complex tapestry of European history and culture.

  • Multiplier Event

    On September 14, CLEO invited Professor Charles Shaw for a public lecture to discuss National Memories of an Imperial War: Commemorative Practices of World War II in Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia. During his lecture, Professor Shaw delved into a fascinating exploration of the enduring National Memories surrounding an Imperial War, specifically focusing on the Commemorative Practices associated with World War II in the regions of Soviet and Post-Soviet Central Asia. This captivating discourse provided an insightful and comprehensive analysis of how the memory of World War II has evolved and persisted in the collective consciousness of these diverse and historically significant territories.

  • Transnational partners’ meeting

    During the summer university, the partners of the CLEO consortium gathered together for a crucial meeting aimed at both reviewing the progress achieved thus far in the project and strategizing for the upcoming phases. This collaborative meeting served as a pivotal juncture in the project's timeline, where the participants convened to assess the project's trajectory and chart a course for the next set of actions.

  • Third partnership transnational meeting: Patras, Greece

    The partnership held its third transnational meeting at the University of Patras on May 18-21, 2023 where all the partners met at the Department of Educational Science and Early Childhood Education. The first day was dedicated to the presentation of the partners’ contributions to the manual of the online course (PR2) and planning and coordinating CLEO Summer University including the review of the draft program and practicalities for the selected students. After an update of the dissemination activities, the partners had a common dinner with a wonderful sunset view. During the following days, the partners agreed on the programme of the online course and were introduced by the representatives of the University of Akureyri to Canva for the preparation of the materials for the course. During the meeting in Patras the partners had the possibility to explore the most significant places related to the National Uprising against the Ottoman Empire and the memorial site and museum of Kalavryta.

  • Call for participation to the CLEO Summer University in Belgrade (SRB)

    The Summer University, hosted by the University of Belgrade, will be held from September 10-16 2023. The students from the project partner institutions will explore the theme « Cultural Memory in Europe » through a range of discussions, seminars and activities and will contribute to preparing an exhibition which will be shown at the European House in Brussels. Applications should be submitted before April 16, 2023. More information will follow soon.

  • Project presentation at the State University of Milan (IT)

    On March 28, 2023 organized by Giulia Lami, Professor of History of Eastern Europe and Director of the Centre of Foreign Policy Studies and moderated by Mauro Elli, Associate Professor at the Department of Historica Studies, ARMES progetti coordinates an online public seminar with speakers from the partner Universities of Akureyri, Patras and Serbia. The seminar: “Culture Memory in Europe: Heroes and Victims in the Creation of a European “ introduces Italian students to the contribution of the CLEO project to the practices of memory-making after WWII and the call for participation in the Summer University in September 2023 at the University of Belgrade.

  • Public lecture at the Central European University, Vienna (AT)

    On February 21, 2023 at the Department of History and Pasts at the Centre for Historical Studies of the University of Vienna, Professor Markus Meckl gave a public hybrid lecture chaired by Professor Constantin Iordachi about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

  • Public lecture by Markus Meckl at the University of Latvia, Riga (LV)

    On November 15, 2022 at the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the University of Latvia, Professor Markus Meckl of the University of Akureyri in Iceland gave an in-presence lecture "Latvia's Post-Heroic Identity", with a focus on the role of hero and victim in Latvia's collective memory practices. A total of 40 people attended this public event.

  • Multiplier Event Two

    The second CLEO Multiplier event was organised during the second partnership meeting in September 2022. The conference and workshop were held at the University of Akureyri. The aim of this second event was to present and explore with the participants the way through which certain European figures or events have contributed to the creation of the European cultural memory and how they have shaped the national and European identity.

  • Second partnership transnational meeting: Akureyri, Iceland

    The partnership held its second transnational meeting in Akureyri on September 11-13, 2022. After a turbulent whale watching excursion, they spent two days performing activities for the project. The first day was dedicated to planning and organisation, as well as a workshop on online teaching. During the second day, the partners presented the project result number 1 to an audience of staff and students.

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