Documentation (November 2015)

Mapping Memories of Post-1989 Europe

The Ukraine crisis has revealed that national outlooks on recent European history differ significantly among countries. Lines of conflict are apparent not only between Western Europe and Central and Eastern European countries. Historical narratives also play an important role in the context of current political tensions between Russia and its neighbours. The international conference "Mapping Memories" and follow-on workshop, which took place in Vienna from 29 November to 3 December 2015 and were organised by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb, focused on different historical narratives and discussed ways of dealing with these.

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Introduction "Mapping Memories of Post 1989-Europe"

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Keynote: Alexei Miller

Memory politics and memory wars in postcommunist Europe and their impact on European memory culture


29.11.2015: Welcome and introduction by Thomas Krüger, Federal Agency for Civic Education, and Heidemarie Uhl, Austrian Academy of Sciences, at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna.29.11.2015: Historic-political education through the medium of art: The conference was opened by the one-hour performance “Whims of Freedom” by the Egyptian director Laila Soliman.29.11.2015: To what extent can art change societies? Laila Soliman, Egypt, Director of “Whims of Freedom”, in discussion with Stefan Auer, University of Hongkong, and Nikita Kadan, visual artist, Ukraine.30.11.2015: A full room at Schönbrunn Palace: Heidemarie Uhl, Austrian Academy of Sciences, introduces the upcoming excursions.30.11.2015: Following the keynote, panelists debated the future of transnational remembrance and a common European narrative under the heading of “Glue or solvent”.30.11.2015: Workshop 1 focused on “23 August 1939: The condemnation of totalitarianism as smallest common denominator in European politics of history?”Sixty participants from many countries took part in the practice-oriented workshop that followed the conference.01.12.2015: The project market enabled participants to directly contact various projects and institutes active in remembrance work.The conference was followed by a practice-oriented workshop which acted as a laboratory for ideas and a space for discourse and networking among practitioners and academics active in historic-political education.In addition to the many presentations, workshops and other events, there was also plenty of opportunity for private exchanges.
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Panel discussion: Glue or solvent? Memory politics and the future of Europe

How are historical narratives instrumentalized in the post-Soviet region?

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The century of the refugee

Remembering Forced Migration In, Out of and To Europe

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Input: Steven Stegers

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Concluding discussion: Perspectives

Marry Theory and Practice

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