Issue 3: "Common Memory - Common Heritage"

EuroMed Educational Report

Tozeur, Tunisia, 26 June - 4 July 2004
Athens, Greece, 19 June - 27 July 2005

In this report:

"And finally, just as all rivers go to the sea, all the problems involved in the study of tales must finally lead to the solution of the essential issue which has never been explained, that of the similarity of tales all over the world. How can we explain the fact that the story of the queen frog in Russia, Germany, France, India, New Zealand and as told by the American Indians is the same, given that no contact between these peoples can be historically proved?"

Vladimir Propp (1928) "Morphology of the tale".

The general aim of these courses was to encourage participants to use an intercultural learning experience to highlight what is common to both Mediterranean shores: to investigate heritage, inheritance, values and memory starting from examples of popular fairy tales, consolidate Euro-Mediterranean co-operation, reinforce the quality of the EUROMED YOUTH Programme within an intercultural context, develop participants' skills in cultural management and drive their active participation in the Euro-Mediterranean process.

During these courses, participants shared, compared and analysed the common points and specificities of tales they brought from home. Together, they created new tales in a spirit of cooperation and partnership, using their common values, culture and heritage as a starting point, instead of building on their differences.

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