SeeYu conference on WWII memorials


In October, 25 professionals from 12 countries presented the role, past and present, of history museums and memorials to WWII at the international SeeYu conference that took place in the Slovenian capital.

“This is the first conference of its kind, one whose goal is to gain insight into the activities of history museums in former Yugoslavia and beyond, from the 1960s to the present day,” Ms Andreja Rihter, Director of the Forum of Slavic Cultures described the purpose of the conference, adding that the invited participants came not only from museums, but also from memorial centres from former Yugoslavia. In the past, the latter excelled in attracting millions of visitors. The conference was attended by our colleagues from the countries of former Yugoslavia, China, the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Greece and Bulgaria. They all agreed to continue their cooperation ‒ they will set up a joint website, publish a catalogue of lectures and make arrangements for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2020. They also nominated an editorial-steering board to serve this purpose. Each country of former Yugoslavia has one member on the board, and if interested, countries from beyond the region may also appoint a representative. The next international SeeYu conference will take place in 2019.

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