European Commemoration 2015

15 December 2015 | Landesvertretung Baden-Württemberg, Berlin

Conference and public discussion

2015 is the year of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. As a turning point and a foundation of European unification and agreements, this commemorative event is little disputed. Nevertheless, there are several different evaluations, interpretations, and narratives concerning WWII. Outside of expert circles, these interpretations are barely known. An elaboration of these different and sometimes dividing narratives is crucial to understand current policies and conflicts, e.g. in Eastern Europe. Since a multi-perspective and critical engagement with the history has a big potential to prevent and defuse conflicts.

Our aim is to provide an effective discussion and exchange forum to create a common area of knowledge. We will seek to shed light on the opportunities and limitations of a shared culture of memory. The particular background of each participant will help shape the understanding of the multitude of perspectives on the memory of the European war with its singularities and its commonalities.

Closed expert conference: 1 p.m. to 6.15 p.m.

  • programme (PDF)
  • registration until 4 December 2015 (Please note: With the registration to the conference you are automatically registered for the public discussion)

Public evening discussion: 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

 


ifa – Connecting cultures

ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) has a central vision: the peaceful and open-minded coexistence of people and cultures worldwide. To this end, ifa promotes the relationship between arts and culture in its programmes, exhibitions and dialogue and conference programmes. In its role as an expert hub for foreign cultural and educational policy, ifa creates networks between civil society, cultural practitioners, art, media and science. Its core business is intercultural dialogue and civil conflict management.


Scientific consultant

The Research Centre for East European Studies

The Research Centre for East European Studies (Forschungsstelle Osteuropa – FSO) is an independent research institute attached to the University of Bremen. It is funded jointly by the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs and the State of Bremen. Founded during the Cold War in 1982, the FSO today combines two goals: the (re)examination of societies and cultures in the Eastern Bloc and the analysis of the transformation and contemporary developments in the successor states. The German Association for East European Studies The German Association for East European Studies (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde, DGO) is the largest network within the German speaking realm engaged in research on East European affairs. Since 1913, the DGO has been active as a forum for the discussion and analysis of politics, economics, and culture in Europe’s East. It provides information about current developments, servers as a conduit of knowledge, and promotes dialogue between East and West. DGO members are important multipliers from academia, politics, commerce and industry, cultural life, and the media. The DGO is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Berlin, and a member of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES)


The German Association for East European Studies

The German Association for East European Studies (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde, DGO) is the largest network within the German speaking realm engaged in research on East European affairs. Since 1913, the DGO has been active as a forum for the discussion and analysis of politics, economics, and culture in Europe’s East. It provides information about current developments, servers as a conduit of knowledge, and promotes dialogue between East and West. DGO members are important multipliers from academia, politics, commerce and industry, cultural life, and the media. The DGO is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Berlin, and a member of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES).