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Final Conference of DisTerrMem (Disputed Territories and Memory)

Kaunas, Lithuania & Krasnogruda, Poland

Pathways to agonism: Theoretical and practical approaches to the legacies of disputed territories

From 28 to 30 September, 2023 the final conference of DisTerrMem Project (Disputed Territories and Memory) took place. The venue of the project was chosen Kaunas (Lithuania) – Krasnogruda (Poland), the 2 partner countries and organizations of the project. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 823803 for 5 years and will end at the beginning of 2024.

The first session of the first day was devoted to the topic “Disputed territories, war and politics of memory. The chair of the session was Tomasz Rawski, the team lead from University of Warsaw. Arsen Hakobyan from Armenia was one of the presenters, who spoke about “the second Nagorno Karabakh war: from war to post war memory policies. The second session was about Agonistic spaces, chaired by Nelli Manucharyan.

The 29 of September started in Krasnogruda International Center for Dialogue. Sessions devoted to Artistic and educational practices on memory, borderlands and war. Nina Parish, David Clarke, Weronika Czyzewska-Poncyljusz, Tomasz Raswki, Nelli Manucharyan were the speakers. The second day topic presentation topics were: the aesthetics and legacy of Speaking to One Another (Armenia/Turkey) and the Sejny Chonicles ( Poland/ Lithuania); Between cultural and communicative memory; war-related street art in contemporary Warsaw and Yerevan.

September 30 started in SEJNY Borderland Center and the main topic was Exhibiting and commemorating contested territories; cultural policy making and potential for agonism in peace building.

In the conference representative from all 7 partner organizations and Institutions took part both online and offline.

DisTerrMem project consortium :

-University of Bath
-University of Warsaw
-Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography National Academy of Sciences of Republic of Armenia
-Educational and Cultural Bridges
-Forman Christian College
-Borderland Foundation
-Institute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania

“Educational and Cultural Bridges” NGO was presented by Arpine Kostanyan, the president of the NGO and Ani Lecrivain , board member of the NGO.

The official web page of the project is