About the Conference “European Commemoration 2014”

16. – 17.12.2014 | Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

In 2014 there have been several scientific conferences to commemorate the Centennial of the First World War. The conference European Commemoration will reflect this year’s commemoration projects and bring together over one hundred leading scholars, artists, education experts, and professionals, from a broad range of fields. This multi-faceted, international conference will discuss different aims, topics and perceptions of national, non-governmental and border-crossing concepts of commemoration in Europe. It highlights the coexistence as well as the exchange and the controversies occurring in the context of commemoration.

This conference will attempt to clarify the objectives, significance and perceptions of concepts of commemoration in Europe at national and transnational level and within civil society. It will examine the issues of coexistence, communication and the controversial aspects of commemoration. Additionally, it will outline the opportunities, limitations and perspectives of a European cultural policy in the light of this year’s focus on the outbreak of the First World War. The conference will bring together scholars, creative artists, education experts, and professionals from a broad range of fields, from journalism to museum management.

The two-day event will play a crucial role in broadening the view of how the First World War in particular affects the present day and ultimately will give young academics and policymakers in Europe a framework to approach essential questions about history, identities and remembrance.

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 Chair for Contemporary History and the Professorship for Public History, University of Heidelberg

From 2008 to 2012, Prof Dr Edgar Wolfrum, who holds the Chair for Contemporary History, established the working group ‘Heidelberg Public History’. The Public History aims to bridge the gap between the academic study of history and the public and was the first institution of this kind in Germany. Both the Chair for Contemporary History as well as the Professor of Public History, Prof Dr Cord Arendes, offer a comprehensive array of university courses for students and conduct research on a wide range of topics within their respective fields. The Professorship of Public History conducts research on environmental history, audiovisual aspects of history, and has recently worked on an exhibition about the seventies in Heidelberg. Current research projects of the Chair for Contemporary History concentrate on German history from 1945 to the present, the Red-Green Coalition (1998-2005), cultures of memory and the politics of history, history of democracy and dictatorships, minority groups and civil rights movements, as well as a new research project, financed by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, on the history of the Departments of State in Baden and Württemberg during National Socialism. http://www.uni-heidelberg.de

Federal Agency for Civic Education – bpb

The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues for all people in Germany. The work done by the bpb centres on promoting awareness for democracy and participation in politics. It takes on topical and historical subjects by issuing publications, organizing seminars, events, study trips, exhibitions and competitions, providing extension training for journalists and by offering films and on-line products. The broad range of educational activities provided by the bpb is designed to motivate people and enable them to give critical thought to political and social issues and play an active part in political life. In light of Germany’s experience with various forms of dictatorial rule throughout its history, the Federal Republic of Germany bears a unique responsibility for firmly anchoring values such as democracy, pluralism and tolerance in people’s minds. www.bpb.de

Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international broadcaster. It portrays the nation as rooted in European culture and as a democratic state based on the rule of law. Its mission is to promote exchange and understanding between the world’s cultures and peoples. It does this with a full range of television, radio and online services in 30 languages. www.dw.de/top-stories/culture

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Deutschlandradio Kultur is the culture channel of the national public service broadcaster Deutschlandradio. “The arts and features on the radio� examine issues of culture beyond traditional genres and formats. Deutschlandradio Kultur also provides new perspectives on politics and policies, society and zeitgeist. The programme is artistically sophisticated but accessible for the curious listener, cosmopolitan and profound: An ambitious and modern radio programme. www.deutschlandradiokultur.de

The Zeughauskino

The Zeughauskino of the German Historical Museum presents special kinds of film series: programmes taken from all of film history, cross-sections according to thematic, historical or biographical aspects as well as cycles reflecting contemporary film cultures. Particular attention is paid to films, genres and periods that either little-known or unknown. The Zeughauskino shows rare works from the archives of the world that have seldom or never been seen in Germany, predominantly in their original version. Silent films – well-known, unusual, newly discovered or freshly restored – are accompanied by live music with pianists or ensembles. The Zeughauskino is located on the east side of the baroque Zeughaus building. The theatre, reopened after renovation in 2004, has room for 166 spectators. www.zeughauskino.de