Culture, memory, identities: 4th Memory of the World Conference ended in Warsaw
The 4th International Conference of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, which took place in Warsaw (Poland) last week, provided an opportunity to look at the Programme and its fields of competence in a broader context of interrelations between culture, memory and identities.
The Conference was jointly organized by UNESCO, the Polish National Committee for the Programme, the Head Office of the State Archives of Poland, the Polish National Commission for UNESCO and the National Centre for Culture, under the patronage of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. Held under the theme "Culture - Memory - Identities", it provided the unique opportunity for reflection upon the actions undertaken in the framework of the Memory of the World Programme in a wider context. Relations amongst culture, memory, identities and the challenges of the contemporary world that are linked to these phenomena were the focus of the event.
The debates at the Conference concerned the heritage of humanity preserved in the form of documents, the intangible heritage and cultural diversity. List of speakers featured some of the most prominent experts, as well as representatives of the scientific community and memory institutions from all parts of the world.
The programme of the Conference consisted of an introductory lecture, plenary sessions and various panel debates held in parallel. All sessions were conducted in three languages: Polish, English and French.
Participants also had an opportunity to view Polish documentary objects listed in the International Register of the Memory of the World Programme and visited four Warsaw institutions: the National Library, the Jewish Historical Institute, the Central Archives of Historical Records and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.