• Armenian, Jewish and Roma Diasporas of Europe discuss their heritage and challenges they confront

Armenian, Jewish and Roma Diasporas of Europe discuss their heritage and challenges they confront

14 October 2015

On October 16-18, 2015, the “Diasporas’ Heritage and Remembrance” seminar will be held in Budapest. The seminar is the second in a series of events taking place under the umbrella of a project entitled “A Europe of Diasporas”. This project, which was initiated by AGBU Europe, Phiren Amenca International Network and the European Union of Jewish Students, aims to promote exchange, solidarity and common advocacy in a European context of rising tension and prejudice.

The Budapest seminar will bring together representatives of Armenian, Jewish and Roma diasporas to discuss the significance of heritage and remembrance. What brings Armenians, Jews and Roma together and how different are the challenges they face?  A number of prominent speakers of Armenian, Jewish and Roma background will also address these issues during a public conference to take place on October 16th at the Central European University in Budapest. The details and the program of the public conference are available online.

The press release of the event is available online.

About the project. A “Europe of Diasporas” is a European project and is a first step towards the establishment of a network of diasporas in Europe. This network will aim to help affirm the notion that diasporas have been part of the European story for many centuries and that they are an asset for Europe. It promotes the idea that diasporas identities need not be tied to a territory or to a source of authority to be legitimate and valuable. The Europe of Diasporas projects is funded by the European Union.

Phiren Amenca is a network of Roma and non-Roma volunteers and voluntary service organizations creating opportunities for non-formal education, dialogue and engagement, in order to challenge stereotypes and racism.

The European Union of Jewish Students is a pluralistic, inclusive and non-partisan umbrella organization that supports Jewish student unions throughout Europe and represents its members in international institutions and organizations.

AGBU Europe coordinates and develops the pan-European activities of the Armenian General Benevolent Union. Established in 1906, AGBU is the world’s largest non-profit Armenian organization. AGBU Europe runs numerous programmes in fields relating to academic research, the preservation and promotion of heritage, education and culture as well as awareness raising, advocacy and leadership training.

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