In Málaga, twenty European foundations address the legacy of the Spanish transition and its effects on transitions to democracy in other European countries
The annual meeting of Eustory, the European network of independent civic organizations that organizes history competitions for young people in over twenty-five countries, took place in the rector's office of the University of Málaga on February 21-23. Through the underlying concept of "Learning Through Research," Eustory has worked with young Europeans since it was founded in 2001 to promote critical thinking, making history an essential tool to "understanding differences and overcoming divisions."

The Körber Foundation in Germany is the network's main sponsor, and member organizations include Fondazione per la Scuola della Compagnia di San Paolo in Italy, the KARTA Center in Poland, the Memorial Society in Russia, the Norwegian Historical Association in Norway, and Fédération des Maisons Franco-Allemandes in France, as well as various associations of history teachers in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Ireland, Israel, Moldova, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, and others.

Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda

The Real Maestranza de Caballería de Ronda (RMR) has been the network's Spanish representative since 2007. With the incorporation of Portugal and the Portuguese Association of History Teachers (APH) in 2013, Eustory Spain became Eustory Iberia. That same year, participation was opened to Latin American countries. The competition is also supported by Asociación Andaluza de Profesores e Investigadores de Geografía e Historia, de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades "Hespérides."

For the past two years, the topic of the history competition has been "Political Transitions." This issue represents the democracies of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin Americas countries well and has inspired other countries in the network to investigate their own underlying civil conflicts, such as wars, foreign dominations, political transformations, etc.

the legacies of La Transición

Thus, the meeting that took place in Málaga was called "Transitions in Europe and the legacies of La Transición in Spain and beyond" and was attended by around 30 history teachers and others.

The meeting began on Friday, February 21 with a speech from the director of the RMR, Ignacio Herrera, and the president of the APH, Miguel Monteiro, who gave an overview of the competition's 12th edition.

Three students who won second-place awards in 2019 gave an overview of their respective projects: Antonio Cayuela Morales (Colegio Stella Maris, Almería), Daniel García de las Bayonas (Colegio Patrocinio de San José, Madrid), and Francisco Javier Sarabia García (IES San Fulgencio, Écija).

The mayor of Málaga

The mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre, hosted the representatives of the twenty European foundations in Málaga City Hall's Hall of Mirrors, highlighting the importance of the Spanish transition as the driving force for change in Spanish society.

Later, participants were welcomed at Museo Picasso Málaga, where its director, José Lebrero, gave a talk on the history of Guernica, from its creation to its current location at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Legacies of a Painful Past

The day ended with a panel titled "Legacies of a Painful Past: The Current Perspective of the Spanish Transition and Beyond," which featured university professors Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technical University of Berlin), Teodoro León Gross (University of Málaga), and Antonio Herrera González de Molina (Pablo de Olavide University in Seville), who provided analysis from a historical perspective, with particular emphasis on the evolution of the media and the reflection of this historical period in secondary education.

The last day of the meeting was dedicated to various topics affecting the organization of the network and competitions, including those related to teaching history and its reflection in contemporary life.

Since the Eustory network was founded in 2001, some 220,000 young people have participated in its history competitions, contributing about 90,000 projects. There are more than 2,500 teachers, experts, scholars, and volunteers who give their time to Eustory, as well as the various activities for finalists, every year.

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