1st Conference Memory for all: History, Heritage and Community


When: 13th to 15th November 2019
Where: Teatro Aberto, Lisbon, Portugal

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The connections of memory, heritage and identity as contributing factors for social cohesion and community building have been confirming the main role of education and knowledge for research in different contexts and backgrounds as well as fostering local and community identity.

In Portugal, there has been a growing expansion and acknowledgement of research projects and social and cultural initiatives which resort on memory and foster citizens’ participation through the co-creation and dissemination of knowledge. These have been promoted either by the academy as well as NGOs, archives, libraries, municipalities and informal groups of citizens.

These initiatives and projects take multiple forms and scientific and institutional frameworks. With more visibility within the arts, humanities and social sciences (e.g. oral history projects, museums, journalism) and local/ regional associative actions for heritage rescue and preservation, it has been also important within the domains of neurosciences, psychology, human development and biodiversity.
The 1st Conference Memory for all seeks to gather the leading figures of projects, initiatives and actions committed to identifying, organising, curating, researching and/or sharing memory and communities from and for communities.

By gathering different disciplines and fields of action around memory and community — comprising social and historical memory, cognitive memory, genetic memory and digital memory — we seek to collectively think about the roles of academia, social/cultural institutions and citizens as agents of influence in heritagization processes and memory construction and preservation. 

Opening lecture by Paul Thompson.

The 1st Memory for All Congress is organised by Centro República, the Institute of Contemporary History (NOVA FCSH) in partnership with the Municipality of Lisbon.  


  • Sharing experiences, projects and initiatives — closed, ongoing or yet to take place — related to community history/memory
  • Debating community engagement strategies and their impacts in the formation of identity and personal and collective valuing
  • Questioning the role of history, heritage and memory in social inclusion, urban regeneration and community cohesion processes
  • Discussing and establishing good practices for the recording, digitising and sharing of oral testimonies and documentation from private owners
  • Thinking about curation, preservation and digital infrastructures within the  framework of community archives
  • Fostering education within the fields of oral history, local history, public history and community archival with public engagement strategies.


  • Memory and community archives: organisation, preservation and dissemination
  • Strategies and methodologies for community engagement, including digital tools
  • Models and methodologies for memory recording: from oral history to citizens science
  • Cognitive studies on memory and associated diseases
  • Uses of the past and politics of memory
  • Memory and heritage
  • Memory and artistic and cultural creation


Proposals until 30th September 2019
Communication of results until 20th October 2019
Registration until 31st October 2019

How to participate

A. Oral presentation (max. 15 min)
To be gathered in sessions followed by Q&A

B.  Project presentation (max. 10 min)
To be gathered in sessions, followed by Q&A. These might be closed, ongoing or future projects.