Since the enlargement of the EU in 2004, the issue of a common European memory and identity has become a challenge for the integration process. New York University’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies and Deutsches Haus will host a conference, “Conflicting Memories and European Integration,” addressing this issue, on Thurs., April 20 and Fri., April 21.

The conference will focus on institutional premises of the European integration, human rights, and the Holocaust. It will discuss national disputes on history and memory and put them into a European perspective by showing networking activities and impulses within the EU to overcome stereotypes and deal with open wounds. What could become a European identity? What are “identities” in Europe today?

Participants include: Klaus Haensch (President of European Parliament, 1994-1997), Carole Fink (Ohio State University), Jan Gross (Princeton University), and Mary Nolan (NYU).

  • WHAT: Conference—“Conflicting Memories and European Integration”
  • WHEN: April 20-21, go to for a complete schedule of sessions
  • WHERE: The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South (Thurs.) NYU’s Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews (at University Place) (Fri.) [Subway Lines: Subway Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street); N, R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place)]

The event is free and open to the public. Please call 212.998.8660 for more information. Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or

Located in a 19th-century mews building in the heart of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, New York University’s Deutsches Haus organizes a broad cultural program designed to create a bridge between contemporary Germany and the U.S. Conferences, workshops, and lectures attract not only students and professors from all disciplines but also members of the surrounding community whose intellectual curiosity inspires them to learn more about German-speaking countries, their relationship to the USA and the changing world.

New York University’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies (CES) was established in 1991 to support and promote the study of contemporary Europe. CES is an academic department as well as a study center for American and European scholars. As a study center, it provides opportunities for scholars who work on Europe to pursue their research in a congenial environment, as well as workshops, colloquia, lectures and periodic conferences.

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