**UPDATE** SGS Webinar: “Who owns the past?” on Thursday February 25 at 17:00-18:30 CET 

This special webinar marks a major international collaboration and a landmark publication – Contested Histories in Public Spaces: Principles, Process, Best Practices – that brings together the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation, the International Bar Association and Salzburg Global Seminar. Register here.

The volume is intended for policymakers confronting controversies over historical legacies in public spaces like statues, memorials and street names. It presents ten case studies and discusses their significance, interpretations and possible remedies – placarding, resignification and repurposing, to relocation, removal, or destruction. Iconic examples are disputes over Christopher Columbus, Edward Colston, Robert E Lee, and Cecil Rhodes, among others.

Addressing contentious or disputed historical legacies in an effective and responsible manner can promote understanding, tolerance, and reconciliation in divided societies.

“Latin Bridge” in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, by aiva. is licensed under CC BY 2.0