On the 25th of January the General State Archives of Magnesia (Volos) and the Association for History of Memory for the National Resistance co-organized the presentation of the book “The Memory and the City. 40+1 Public Stories” (ed. Asini, 2022). The event took place in the auditorium “Dimitris Saratsis” of the University of Thessaly (Volos).
The writer is Harris Athanasiades, Professor of Public History at Panteion University and Director of the Postgraduate Program “Public History” in the Open Greek University.
The presenters for the book were Mitsos Bilalis, Historian PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Thessaly; Annita Prassa, Historian PhD, Director of General State Archives of Magnesia; Costas Manolides, Architect PhD, Professor at the University of Thessaly. The event was coordinated by Aggeliki Nikolaou, Archivist in General State Archives of Magnesia, Philologist and President of the co-organizing Association.
The book concerns the field of Public History, a new scientific field that has been introduced in the Greek Universities by Professor Harris Athanasiades. The writer examines which traces of the past have become symbols and influenced collective memory; which traces have been forgotten and why; how we deal with traumatic events and memories. Through a fruitful conversation between the present and the past, which is attempted by the writer, reflections on our historical culture are raised. The lively discussion that followed between the author and the audience, showed the concerns and anxieties of civil society.