The partners of Breaching the Walls are heterogeneous in nature, mode and objectives of research and action. They include foundations, universities, cultural and political institutions, research institutes and associations. This guarantees the project a great heterogeneity of languages and significant potential in terms of involving citizens and new collaborators.
Gramsci Emilia-Romagna Foundation
The Gramsci Emilia-Romagna Foundation is an institution for the conservation and archiving of national documentation relating to the workers’ movement and left-wing political parties, recognised as a private cultural institution of national importance by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. It has an agreement with the University of Bologna thanks to its documentary heritage and its role in education, training and research. It promotes research groups, history workshops in secondary schools, public meetings open to civil society, encourages the exchange and dissemination of knowledge on contemporary history, global issues, post-colonial studies and political theory. Through its library service, the promotion of public activities, its relations with other cultural institutions, both locally and nationally, the Gramsci Foundation is an active and open-minded subject contributing concretely to the cultural and social improvement of all citizens.
Institute of Contemporary History di Praga
The Institute of Contemporary History is an integral part of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Its function is to undertake research on Czech and Czechoslovakian history, with an international perspective. Part of the Institute’s mandate is the organization of international conferences, specialized seminars and workshops. The Institute cooperates with state and regional bodies and collaborates extensively through long-term projects with the Institute of International Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Department of Oral History – Contemporary History and the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Arts of Prague University.
The University of Bielefeld
The University of Bielefeld combines classical academic tradition with innovative research and teaching methods. The University has managed to maintain and develop essential elements of this approach despite a significant increase in student numbers. The University of Bielefeld has achieved a leading position among national and international academic institutions based on its research results and unique courses of study, for example the Department of History is a highly recognized institution both in Germany and abroad. Furthermore, the Faculties of History and Sociology have a long experience in transnational and interdisciplinary research.
Municipality of Tirana
Tirana is the centre of political and administrative life in Albania, where almost all state institutions are located, such as the Presidency, the seat of the Prime Minister, the Albanian Parliament, the diplomatic representations and the headquarters of the political institutions of Europe. Tirana is the largest educational centre in the country, with a university offering covering all branches of education. There are also a large number of private universities. Tirana’s Department of Art and Culture has as a priority to support educational projects for the community, such as environmental protection and local, national and international events involving civil society. It supports and stimulates creativity in all fields of artistic and cultural research.
Warsaw History Meeting House
Founded in 2006, the History Meeting House focuses on the history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th century, through exhibitions, discussions, series of meetings, film screenings, workshops and conferences. In addition, it is a publishing house with a wide selection of books on the history of the 20th century and, through the Audiovisual Library, collects witness reports, digitizes photographs, documents and films. It cooperates with important Polish and foreign institutions, always taking an interest in the history of the 20th century through different and modern methods of communication, also collaborating with young artists. In its activities it focuses on important events in social history, significant biographies and everyday life stories of ordinary people, trying to make history popular through the use of primary sources.
Past/Not Past Association of Paris
Past / Not Past is an association that offers research services, curates exhibitions and promotes the protection of both material and immaterial heritage of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Its characteristic is to rehabilitate characters, events, cultural and artistic currents fallen into oblivion. It places particular emphasis on cosmopolitan destinies rooted in European history. It directs exhibition projects, publications, audiovisual productions, oral history projects, symposia and study days, dealing with their design, operational aspects, promotion and dissemination.