We talked to Ekaterina Makhotina ahead of this year’s conference about Western-Russian relations, shared cultures of memory and her expectations for the conference. For the Russian version нажмите здесь.
The ifa Conference “European Commemoration – Europäische Erinnerungskulturen” 2014 took place from December 16th to 17th. An international mix of participants – citizenship educators, historians, journalists and more – got together in the halls of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin to discuss current challenges in dealing with European Commemoration. This video summary gives Read more…
What do you expect from this conference? What is your personal approach to “European commemoration”? These questions were asked to several participants of the European Commemoration conference. The answers are as diverse as the participants were.
Professor Pim den Boer (Chair of European Cultural History, University of Amsterdam) talks about the discussions and results that came up in the workshop panel “Society”, which he chaired during the “European Commemoration” conference.
Professor Heidemarie Uhl (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna) discusses commemoration from an academic point of view. In her role as chairwoman of the workshop panel “Science” she points out major issues in commemoration-related scholarship and cross-border commemoration in general.
Prize-winning author and Professor Vesna Goldsworthy, Kingston University London, chairs the workshops on “Culture” during the 2014 European Commemoration conference. Being born in Serbia, but living in the UK for 30 years now, Goldsworthy knows just how different national commemoration is organized within Europe.
The Dutch historian and founder of EUROCLIO (European Association of History Educators) Joke van der Leeuw-Roord is especially concerned with cross-border approaches to history in education. In this interview she talks about the need for innovative, multi-national material and her overall expectations for the conference “European Commemoration”.
“The aim of the conference is to show different perspectives on commemoration” – when ifa Representative Ronald Grätz took the stage for his welcoming remarks in the Europasaal last night, the agenda was set for this year’s conference ‘Erinnerungskulturen – European Commomoration’.