“Tensioning the memory: Towards other ways of remembering” is the name of the workshop that took place on May 28 in Barcelona, carried out by Catalina Álvarez Martínez-Conde and Margarita Vélez-Maya, together with a group from the Barcelona Youth Council. Both Catalina and Margarita are PhD students in UAB, psychologists and researchers from the Program of Social Psychology of Memory at the University of Chile, and collaborators of BRIDGES from the Barcelona PAR-group. This theoretical-practical workshop was organized in two phases.
Firstly, participants were introduced to the concept of collective memory from a critical perspective, focusing on the notion of memory as a social, political and cultural practice. Some tools were offered with the aim to reflect on the productive nature of memory and collective participation in it.
In the second part of the workshop, a practical exercise of reflection on the social character of memory was carried out, by putting into dialogue the memories of the participants about a case.
At the end of the workshop, there was a debate about other ways of remembering that make it possible to stress and defy hegemonic versions in order to open new possibilities of collective construction.