02 Sep 2016_September. 1st Summer School Walter Benjamin and commemorative events
The concept of History, Passages book, Art and Human Rights.
The first edition of the Summer School to Walter Benjamin within the Commemorative Events of the 76th anniversary of Walter Benjamin’s death took place in Portbou from the 22th until the 25th September. The event was organised by Portbou Town Hall and the Associació Passatges de Cultura Contemporània. The first edition of the Summer School was directed by Sigrid Weigel (Zentrum fur Literatur und Kulturforschung Berlin), with the collaboration of Chantal Benjamin, grand-daughter of Walter Benjamin, social worker and training in Human Rights (Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin) and Pilar Parcerisas (Assoc. Passatges).
Among the participants were: Gerard Vilar (UAB) ), Enric Puig Punyet (writer at the journal La maleta de Portbou), Natàlia Cantó (UOC), Swen Seebach (UAB), students and professors from École des Beaux Arts (Bordeaux), Weissensee Kunsthochschule (Berlin), Escola Llotja d’Arts i Disseny (Barcelona) and residents from Casa de Velázquez de Madrid, all of them participants in the exhibition The briefcases of Walter Benjamin. Dispositifs of migration at the Portbou Internacional Railway Station.
On Sunday 25th the event closed with the presentation of the project of declaration of the Passages Memorial by Dani Karavan as a National Cultural Good and wreath laying and official speeches at Portbou cemetery.
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