10.00 am – 11.30 am

Workshop “The State of Remembrance in Europe”

Articulating and Reimagining the Past: WWI From a Cultural Perspective

Chair: Prof. Dr Vesna Goldsworthy | writer, poet, Kingston University London, UK

The way we interpret the First World War is highly influenced by the ways how it was captured in pictures and paintings, films and movies, music or literature. Which interpretations of WWI have been discussed as a result of notable cultural works? Here in this session, we want to explore the impact of the First World War on twentieth-century as well as contemporary literature and poetry. Geert Buelens will examine how poets have dealt with the experience of war ultimately in the aftermath but also in the long run. Furthermore, author Andrea Molesini will shed light on how twenty-first century artists engage in rewriting and reimagining the history of the First World War. Do modern day writers look back on how their colleagues have dealt with the war?

Prof. Dr Geert Buelens (poet, University of Utrecht, Netherlands)
War Poetry, Nationalism and Internationalism: a European Perspective

Andrea Molesini (poet, writer, University of Padua, Italy)
Through the Looking-Glass of “The Great War”: Exploring the Past to Question the Present

12.00 am – 1.30 pm

Workshop “Challenges and ‘Blind Spots’ of Remembrance”

Bridges to the Past Through Film and Writing

Chair: Prof. Dr Vesna Goldsworthy | writer, poet, Kingston University London, UK

Are there temporally or geographically differences in the artistic treatment of war and violence? Is there any common use of symbols, materials or images? Two artists will share the insights they gained from treating WW1 and other stories of violence and oppression in film and writing. Jean-Michel Frodon will share his experiences working as artistic director in the international documentary project “Bridges of Sarajevo”, while writer and filmmaker Imbi Paju reports on the difficulties of treating more recent memory. Subsequently we want to discuss what the societal or political function of the artistic treatment of war and violence is and what we can gain from such a perspective.

Edward Serotta (writer, photographer and filmmaker, founder of Centropa)

Imbi Paju (writer, filmmaker, author of “Memories Denied”, Estonia)
Women Faces: Symbols of Violence Denied and Courage Remembered

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Workshop “Looking Ahead: European Perspectives and Strategies”

History Reloaded: a Practical View on Modern and Interdisciplinary Methods of Commemoration

Chair: Prof. Dr Vesna Goldsworthy | writer, poet, Kingston University London, UK

Contemporary developments hold challenges as well as chances for historical and civic education. Digitalization, mobility, networking and interdisciplinary education – all this can be used as a toolbox for breaking new ground in commemoration and history education. Especially artistic approaches to commemoration attract a lot of attention these days, but they also arouse controversial discussions.
In this workshop, artists and educators from the fields of theatre, digital and visual arts as well as multimedia will present their approaches and encourage a lively discussion about chances, challenges and limits.

Julie Cazier (Graphic Novel “Carnets 14-18”, Tintentrinker Publishing, Germany)
Daniel Cremer  (Director, The Maxim Gorki Theatre, Germany) and Tucké Royale (Artist)
Thilo Kasper (Visual artist “World War I meets Web 2.0“, PUTSCH, Germany)