Does the Past Matter? seeks to address the issue of historical memory, commemoration and rememberance in contemporary societies. The aim of this volume is to stimulate ways of thinking about national histories in view of the need to create more inclusionary forms of citizenship, and show that a nuanced representation of the past may offer resources for the foundation of civic integration. In order to fulfil these objectives Does the Past Matter? will focus on several themes. Firstly, it will consider the ethical impact of re-examining national histories within the official discourses on intercultural projects. Secondly, it will propose to examine terms on which a dialogue between historical narratives of cultural minorities and those of majorities can respond to questions of civic integration. Finally, it will inquire whether it is possible to dispense of particular identities in the process of renegotiating the past, and if so, on what grounds.
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