First day: Western influence on cultural development after the Roman era
After a beautiful and interesting ride into the Montenegrin mountains, and a little adjustment to the heat, the 2nd Regional Summer School in Montenegro could finally begin.
The first day started with an introduction to multiple organisations who are active in the region, like Cultural Heritage Without Borders and the Regional Cooperation Council Cultural heritage and Peace and Reconciliation, two of EUROCLIO's main issues, were highlighted, because they play an important role in the focus of this year's Summer School: Learning Through Entangled Legacies in History Education and Cultural Heritage. The Summer School offers a great combination of a rich programme and informal parts in order to create new connections.
During the Summer School we are already thinking about the future. In a workshop given by Judith Geerling, EUROCLIO Project manager, participants could together brainstorm about possible new projects about the Second World War. Jonathan Even-Zohar, EUROCLIO Director took a whole other turn and chose to talk about culture and food in the Balkans. It turns out that Ajvar or coffee isn't the same everywhere.
On-site learning is a very important part of this Summer School. The first trip took the group further into the mountains, all the way up to Njegos Mausoleum, the final resting place of Petar II. The 461 steps were quite a journey, but in the end the view made up for it. After being in the mountains long enough, the bus took us all the way down to see the wonderful old city of Kotor.