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Memory in Presence - Memorial Sites as Providers of Empowering Education

Dear GDL Member, dear attending Expert, this website was designed for you to gain an overview of all the important information about the Lab. We look forward to seeing you in Buenos Aires soon!

Lab Dates: 7 November - 12 November 2022 (Buenos Aires)

Hosted by GDL Members Julie August and Banu Pekol the Memory in Presence Lab plans to develop a training course for a specialist audience from the diplomatic sphere.
This project, intended to be carried out in conjunction with the Museo Sitio de Memoria de la ESMA, the Museo de la Memoria Rosario, the Parque de la Memoria, the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial and the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, builds on the ideas of the GDL’s 2017 Curriculum “Memory, Truth and Justice” on mass atrocity prevention at the local level and a training course given by GDL members at the 21st European Diplomatic Programme hosted by the Federal Foreign Office

From November 7 to November 12, participants of the Lab will learn methods and tools for approaching different stakeholders and to positively transform potential conflict into dialogue and peace.

The Lab will start at 3.30 pm on Monday, November 7, at the O2 Hotel (see below).

As the Lab is going to start soon, please feel free to read the One-Pager take a look at the programme and acquire some practical information

You are also invited to get yourself briefed for the days ahead and to get an overview of the participants, partners and  locations down below


Hosting Team

Julie Auguste

Julie August

Julie August, born in Germany in 1970, is a graphic designer for several publishing houses and a curator of contemporary art. She has lived in Buenos Aires with her wife Liliana Furió, who is co-founder of the collective Historias Desobedientes (relatives of genocides for memory, truth and justice), since 2013. Julie participated in the GDL’s 2017 Curriculum “Memory, Truth and Justice” on mass atrocity prevention at the local level and developed (together with Banu Pekol and Vesna Terselic) a training course for young European diplomats on the topic of memory at the 21st European Diplomatic Programme. She is currently playing an active role in Asamblea Desobediente and is taking part in exchange events with desobedientes from other countries, such as Chile, Germany and Spain. She will represent Asamblea Desobediente within the context of a project at the Berghof Foundation in 2023


Banu Pekol

Dr Banu Pekol’s work focuses on peacebuilding and conflict transforma¬tion in relation to contested cultural heritage. Her work spans cultural heritage research on difficult pasts and projects that develop creative and research-based results, specialising in cultural diplomacy, contested heritage interpretation and management. Currently response¬ble for the work of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt in MENA, she previously worked on intercultural and interreligious conflict transfor¬mation and peace education at the Berghof Foundation. She was a Historical Dialogue and Accountability fellow at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University. Banu is a co-founder of the Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, a trainer in the 21st European Diplomatic Programme, a former elected member of the GDL Advisory Council and a BMW Responsible Leader.



Rudrani Dasgupta

Rudrani Dasgupta

Dagmar Hovestaedt

Dagmar Hovestaedt

Françeska Muço

Françeska Muço

Sonja Peteranderl

Sonja Peteranderl

Antonio Petrov

Antonio Petrov

Gina Romero

Gina Romero

Satyarupa Shekhar Swain

Satyarupa Shekhar Swain

Stefanos Spiliotopoulus

Stefanos Spiliotopoulus

Julia Jaroschewski

Julia Jaroschewski






Laura Delgadillo

Founding Member of the Collective Histrorias Desobedientes, Argentina

Swenja Granzow-Rauwald                                                                     

Concentration Camp Memorial Neuengamme, Germany



O2 Hotel


O2 Hotel, Junín 357 C1026ABG, C1026 CABA, Argentina

O2 Hotel Website (in Buenos Aires)

The recently renovated, three-star O2 Hotel Buenos Aires is situated in the city's business district just half a block from Corrientes Avenue. You find many of Buenos Aires' attraction in walking distance, such as the Argentine National Congress, the "Obelisco" Monument, or the Theatre "Colón".

Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo

The Plaza de Mayo represents the heart of the Argentine capital Buenos Aires. Today, the square is named after the liberation month "May" (1810). This place is the former founding area of the city and, like almost all South American plazas, serves representative purposes. Today, political rallies and demonstrations take place at the site. 

Museo Sitio de Memorial ESMA

Museo Sitio de Memorial 

The ESMA Memory Site Museum is a historical monument, evidence of state terrorism, and judicial proof of the crimes against humanity committed in Argentina. Today, the ESMA is a space that denounces state terrorism and helps foster cultural memory. 

Museo Sitio de Memorial Website

Centro Cultural Haroldo Conti

Centro Cultural Haroldo

The Centro Cultural Haroldo is a cultural centre located in the historically significant buildings of the former ESMA military school, which served as a secret detention centre and torture chamber during the Argentine military regime between 1976 and 1982. In the former shipbuilding hall of the academy, this centre practices memory culture and campaigns for the preservation of human rights, because even today the number of people who fell victim to the dictatorship is unclear. 

Centro Cultural Haroldo Website 

Parque de la Memoria

Parque de la Memoria

The Monument to the Victims of state terrorism contains the names of people who were victims of state repression (1969-1983). These people were arrested, disappeared or were murdered.

 Parque de la Memoria Website

Museo de la Memoria

Museum of Memory in Rosario

The Museum of Memory in Rosario was founded in 1998 with the aim of promoting access to knowledge and research on the situation of human rights and social and political memory in Argentina and in Latin America. The Museum of Memory of Rosario is one of the pioneering institutions in Latin America in the treatment of the issue of post-genocidal memories.

Museum of Memory Website 



Lavaca is a communication and art experimentation laboratory. Lavaca is a laboratory where independence and human development are central. The exercise of freedom is understood as a form of social power. On the homepage of Lavaca you have a closer look. 


Museo Evita 

In the Evita Museum you will get an insight into the life and work of Eva "Evita" Perón, the former president Juan Perón's wife. The museum's collection includes dresses, objects and mementos that belonged to Evita.

Evita Museum Website

Rudrani Dasgupta

Rudrani Dasgupta works with ActionAid India, an international non-profit aiming to eliminate poverty. Having graduated from University College London with a Masters in sociology (childhood and children’s rights) on a full scholarship, she is now a child rights researcher primarily interested in exploring the long-term impact of structural violence on children, especially in education and family.

She is currently coordinating a state-level study examining the impact of domestic violence on children. Recently, she was part of a state-level committee that drafted a school safety policy for the state of West Bengal in India.

Rudrani has been mentoring young people across the geosocial-economic spectrum ever since she spent two years working in a remote Himalayan school for first generation learners. She also takes a personal interest in mentoring young people from non-traditional and non-linear backgrounds.



Dagmar Hovestädt

Dagmar Hovestädt is an expert in dealing with issues of the past, surveillance, public journalism and communications. For a decade, from 2011 to 2021, she was the spokeswoman of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records in Germany, gaining deep insight into this unique tool of transitional justice.

As the point of contact for international outreach, she specialises in areas including transitional justice research and analysis of archives for peace-building and human rights education. She started her professional life as a journalist in Berlin during the years following unification and relocated to the US during the 2000s, where she worked for numerous TV outlets and documentary productions on many issues of US culture and politics, including repeated assignments during many US elections.

She has acquired considerable expertise in strengthening journalism and fact-based reporting results from those years.



Françeska Muço

Ms. Françeska Muço is an Albanian civil society activist. From an early age, she has been passionate about civil rights and citizens' engagement in democratic processes. Her activities include advocacy campaigns and youth-related policies in Albania and in the Western Balkan region. She has been a youth representative/board member at the central level, not least in the UN Women Albania Civil Society Advisory Group and the Tirana Youth Municipality Board.

Her professional experience is mostly related to project implementation and fundraising within European Union programmes as well as with various donors in Albania.

Françeska is active in public debate, through participation as a speaker at conferences, in awareness campaigns, TV shows and interviews. Currently, she holds the position of Secretary General of the Albanian Young Professionals Network, she is the Youth Representative of Albania, the Governing Board of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) of the Western Balkans and a member of the UN Youth Advisory Board.

Her fields of interest are: peacebuilding, regional cooperation, gender equality, education and rule of law / good governance.


Sonja Peteranderl

Sonja Peteranderl is an editor at Spiegel Online and co-founder of BuzzingCities Lab, a think tank focusing on digitalisation and security/crime in informal settlements. She covers global politics, tech trends, security, justice and organised crime/cyber crime for example the global war on drugs, predictive policing, the digital transformation of drug cartels in Mexico or the European arms trade.

She has previously worked as a senior editor at Wired Germany magazine, and as a freelance foreign correspondent for German media such as Spiegel Online, Wired, Zeit Online, Impulse magazine or Journalist magazine in several Latin American countries, the USA and China.

As a fellow of the American Council on Germany, she is currently investigating the influence and the challenges of algorithmic decision-making systems/predictive policing in the policing and security realm in Germany and the USA. She is also an alumna of the Robert Bosch foundation's “Media Ambassadors China – Germany” programme, Otto-Brenner-Stiftung/Netzwerk Recherche and the foreign journalism programme of the German National Academic Foundation/Besser Foundation and has received several grants for her international investigations.


Read more about Sonja in this blog post and in this article. Or you can read her article on crisis response or follow her footsteps in former guerrilla territory.


Antonio Petrov

Dr. Antonio Petrov is a tenured Associate Professor and founder of the think-tank, Urban Future Lab at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is founding-editor of the Harvard publication New Geographies, founder and editor-in-chief of DOMA, served as co-programme director at Archeworks in Chicago, and received his doctorate from Harvard University. His research captures the emergent nature of urban futures while recognising cities as collective social and cultural artefacts.

Not only do his multi-disciplinary background in art, architecture, engineering, urban and cultural studies, his multi-cultural upbringing in Macedonia, Germany, France, Spain, and Turkey, and his value and dialogue based, progressive, and sometimes provocative approach, provide a catalyst for his interest, but between subjective and worldly experiences, environment and culture, his people-centric approach focuses on reimagining local currencies while giving new meaning to the global.


Gina Romero

Gina Romero is a social activist, social entrepreneur and expert in civic education, youth empowerment, integrity and anticorruption as well as democracy strengthening.

She has wide experience in public diplomacy, networking, formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of social projects for development. She is an international consultant on anticorruption and youth issues and is currently the Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy.

Gina is a professional in the field of government and international relations, and has a Master in the Analysis of Political, Economic and International Contemporary Problems from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, among other courses and degrees. 

Gina has received recognition on several occasions for her work in Latin America and the Caribbean: Global Changemaker (2011), Drapers Hill Fellow (Stanford, 2012) and Historical and Accountability Fellow (Columbia, 2017).

She has been part of the founding groups of different civil society organisations at national, regional and global level such as Ocasa (Colombia), Redlad (Americas), the World Youth Movement for Democracy and the Global Youth network for Democracy (global).


Follow Gina's experiences with dialogue in Latin America in this article and the next part in this blog post.

Satyarupa Shekhar Swain

Satyarupa Shekhar is the coordinator of #breakfreefromplastic movement for Asia Pacific region.

Satyarupa leads the regional effort for developing holistic and inclusive strategies to dramatically reduce plastic production, pollution, and usage. She works with and supports frontline communities and organizations – leaders in their right – working to promote sustainable, effective, and locally-driven initiatives. Her areas of interest are public administration, the role of elected representatives, open data and the use of technology to improve governance. She has been a part of innovative action research projects that take a new look at common urban challenges, including those involving informal waste workers, public toilets and decision making for municipal services.

She has worked with Chennai's city government and a Tamil Nadu state department to improve their data-management practices to plan civic infrastructure better, and has supported the creation of data that has been used by the city government and courts to provide evidence for failures in service provision. Satyarupa is recognised as a commentator on transparency and accountability and (open) data, as well as the role of data intermediaries.


Stefanos Spiliotopoulus

Stefanos is very passionate about politics. During his childhood, he and his family moved very often, which is why he is able adapt very easily to different conditions and is always in search of new experiences and adventures.

He studied law in Greece (Thrace) and Germany (Berlin), but never became a lawyer. A scholarship from the German Bundestag (IPS) and an internship offered by a Social Democrat Secretary of State opened doors for him to become a political activist. As a scientific associate of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, he works on various important topics such as social inequality. However, he firmly believes that you have to have experienced inequality yourself in order to fully understand this issue.

He experienced inequality himself as he had to work hard to be able to finance his studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and also when he decided to return to his country, Greece, in the middle of the financial crisis. Being politically active is a matter of trying to change things that bother you and not a question of achieving personal ambitions.

Julia Jaroschewski

Julia Jaroschewski is a reporter and founder of Buzzing Cities Lab, a think tank focusing on digital technology and security in informal settlements such as the Favelas in Rio. She works for Die WELT, Spiegel Online, fluter and WIRED, covering mainly foreign politics, organised crime, the war on drugs and security policy. She studied in Portugal, has an MA in political sciences from Berlin and has worked for the UN in New York and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Mozambique.

Julia has attended the Axel Springer Akademie and Columbia School of Journalism. As a fellow of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the Besser-Stiftung she reported from Brazil and South Africa, and from Mozambique as a scholar working for Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung. In 2016 she was part of the international journalism programme for South America, working for the Brazilian newspaper O Globo. She has also spent three months in India as a Media Ambassador for the Robert Bosch Stiftung.


Read more about her engagement and how cities can function as future labs for innovative forms of diplomacy. More about her ideas on Women in Crime can be found here. Or read her article on community-led crisis response or on Guinea Bissau.

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