Regional Lab: Memory in Presence – Memorial Sites as Providers of Empowering Education



Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Incubator Lab: June – October, 2022 (online)
Impact Lab:
November, 7 to 12, 2022 in Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina

For this Lab, Global Diplomacy Lab (GDL) members Banu Pekol and Julie August worked together with the ESMA Memory Museum in Buenos Aires and the International Holocaust Remembrance Association to develop a training course for specialist audiences in societies traumatised by social conflict, war, dictatorship, colonialism, slavery, racism, as well as pandemics. These phenomena provide a breeding ground for extremist attitudes, so it is crucial to focus on building a resilient society that is capable of dealing with past traumatic experiences.

The Lab built on ideas from the GDL’s 7th Lab on “Memory, Truth and Justice Museums and Memory Sites as Spaces for Mass Atrocities Prevention”. After a preparatory phase starting in April 2022, an online Incubator Lab followed from June to October. During a series of online workshops, participants examined the scope of the topic and explored tools to analyse different practices and sites, and a training to be delivered in Argentina.

The Impact Lab took place in-person in Argentina including key diplomats, museum staff, civil society workers and GDL members from November, 7 to 12. After learning more from museum staff, descendants of victims and perpetrators during the military dictatorship as well as other local stakeholders, the members then set out to develop a memorial culture sensitivity training for diplomats. In addition, the idea for a memory charter to be co-signed by diplomats around the globe was born.

Read more about the Lab here.

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