We-R focuses on the important relationship between collective memory and national identity by introducing a ground-braking perspective: the study of the Constitution as a lieu de mémoire. We-R’s aims are to understand how and to what extent contemporary Constitutions may be used as tools for bringing the past in the present, and analyze the ways in which configurations of memory and identity through the Basic Law of the Land can obstruct reconciliation and democratization processes in culturally heterogeneous societies. In addressing this topic, the researcher will use the Western Balkans (including Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Kosovo) as case studies and an innovative interdisciplinary perspective which will integrate in comparative constitutional law memory studies and nationalism studies, as well as a multi method approach that combines comparative analysis with critical political discourse analysis and social media research. The proposed mobility plan will allow the researcher’s training at CU to reinforce her knowledge in Balkan studies and acquire new methodological skills, and the residence at Eurac to elaborate the first existing “Practical Guidelines of Democratic Memory Construction” (DeMeCon). Given the importance of its objectives We-R is potentially entitled to become a reference model for other comparable case studies. The action will let the researcher benefit from interactions with an international network of excellence composed of scholars in various fields, international and national policy-makers and watchdog organizations. We-R comes appropriately timed, in a moment in which nationalism and historical revisionism are growing in Europe and beyond and are threating the future of the EU project.
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