The Currents of 20th-Century Culture Motivated by the Political History

EUROCLIO is pleased to announce its partnership with the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) in the new educational project The Currents of 20th-Century Culture Motivated by the Political History. The Project is led and organised by ENRS together with the Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) for International Textbook Research, and with the financial support of the German Federal Government Plenipotentiary for Culture and Media (BKM).

The main goal of the project is to show to the pupils (14-18 years old) the connections between historical facts and culture of the 20th century.

The texts will cover prominent 20th-century movements in art, music, architecture and be written in an accessible, easy to understand language, in a way tailored to the pupils’ needs.

The project will last till August 2018 and the effects will be visible on www.hi-storylessons.eu.

Partners of the project:

the Slovak Institute of National Remembrance; the European Association of History Educators EUROCLIO; Post Bellum, Czech Republic; the Mihálya Fazekasa Elementary and Junior High School, Hungary and CN „I.L. Caragiale” Ploieşti, Romania.

ENRS Making History Interactive and Engaging through Animation

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) together with the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research have debuted their second animated short film in a series depicting significant moments in 20th-century history. The first short was dedicated to discussing the beginning of the First World War, and in the second, the authors focused on another important event of that era: the Great Crisis of 1929. The video provides us with a coherent and visually refined narration, analysing the reasons for and consequences of the infamous economic crash.

The animations are a part of a bigger project called ‘Hi-story lessons. Teaching & learning about 20th-century European history’, of which EUROCLIO is a partner. Hi-Story Project Coordinator Maria Naimska participated in a panel discussion at EUROCLIO’s 24th Annual Conference in San Sebastian earlier this year on the subject of “Society dealing with the past in History Education”, and there continues to be a great deal of cohesion between the two organisations.

The animations aim to make otherwise complex moments from 20th-century history accessible for young people

Upcoming months will be dedicated to the creation of subsequent animations pertaining to the Marshall Plan, the events of 1968, and the Russian Revolutions. The overarching goal of the project is to explain the complexities of 20th-century history in an interactive and engaging way so as to appeal to young audiences. Both videos are available in 7 language versions (English, Czech, German, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, and Slovak) free of charge, within the framework of Open Educational Resources.

Amongst the professors who worked on the animation are expert in global economic history Prof. Peer Vries,  and author of historical textbooks Prof. Wojciech Roszkowski. The film was created in cooperation with Rzeczyobrazkowe graphic studio. It can be seen on-line at: bit.ly/GreatCrisisAnimation

 

Call for Papers for European Network Remembrance and Solidarity’s (ENRS) conference “Image, History and Memory” (Warsaw, 6–8 December 2017)

“Genealogies of Memory” is a programme led by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) which aims at facilitating the academic exchange between Central and East European scholars of individual and collective memory, and intends to promote the region’s study of memory among the broader international academic community.

They are holding a conference within the “Genealogies of Memory” programme in Warsaw, 6-8 December 2017, aimed at promoting an interdisciplinary discussion of the relationships between image, history and memory. The conference will be the 7th edition of their “Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe” programme.

The “Genealogies of Memory” project are welcoming paper proposals from the fields of art history, history, sociology, cultural studies, political science and others for the conference. The papers should address images in their various roles: as witnesses to history, as means of materializing memories, as active creators of history or as producers of the contents of memory.

To apply to present a paper at the conference, please send (a) your abstract (300 words) along with your presentation title and if possible the panel topic, as well as (b) a short bio to: genealogies@enrs.eu.

For more details about the call for papers click here.

Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2017

European Network Remembrance & Solidarity is Recruiting for a 2nd Educational Project

In Between? Searching for local histories in borderlands of Europe – Autumn edition

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) invites young Europeans aged between 18-25 to explore the history of Europe’s border regions through the eyse of their residents. The initiative aims to improve knowledge on historical processes in 20th-century East-Central Europe, equipping those interested in history with tools and methods for examining and documenting the past as well as documenting oral reports and audio-visual materials concerning history and the identities of Europe’s border communities.

If selected, the participants are able to take part in a programme filled with workshops and study visits in one of the four European regions. There will be workshops in Warsaw from 12-15 September 2016 by experts in most recent history, oral history, anthropology and archival studies who will train the participants in basic methods of collecting reports and photograph digitalisation.

Then after the workshops, from 16-22 September 2016, the participants (in teams of six) will go for week-long study visits to border places in four regions of Europe (Czech Republic-Germany-Poland; Austria-Slovenia; Croatia-Hungary, Hungary-Slovakia-Ukraine). The visits will result in collecting interviews and audio-visuals documents which reflect the past of a given region. The project participants will also attempt to make the narratives that they will have collected a part of a broader context of Europe’s regional history. The project will close with a conference to be held in Warsaw in late 2016.

ENRS covers all costs of participation in the project except the costs of personal insurance and journey of participant from hometown to the workshops venue (Warsaw).

Recruitment is open until 10 July 2016! To apply click here.

European Remembrance Symposium

This year the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) will organise a Remembrance Symposium in Budapest. After Stalin’s death in 1953 the Soviet Union starting shaking more and more, a series of events showed how much people in many satellite states wanted to overthrow the communist dictatorships. These events climaxed in Budapest on 23 October 1956 with the first armed battle against Soviet troops and communist leadership. 2016  marks the 60th anniversary of this event. To commemorate the Eastern Europeans’ struggle for independence, the European Network of Remembrance and Solidarity and its partners, the Hungarian Committee of National Remembrance and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences have decided to dedicate the next European Remembrance Symposium, which will take place in May 2016 in Budapest, to the events of 1956 and their legacy.

For more information and the full Programme please visit their website.ENRS

Recruitment for “In Between?” Study visits Open Until 5 February

In Between? Searching for local histories in borderlands of Europe is an educational project organized by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, that consists of study visits to 4 multicultural regions of Central Eastern Europe in search of local histories. This projects aims to improve the knowledge that young people, aged 18-25, have of the history of 20th-century East-Central Europe. Participants will be equipped with the tools and methods necessary for examining and documenting the past, including oral reports and audio-visual materials concerning the history and identities of Europe’s border communities. The participants selected in the recruitment process are going to take part in workshops and study visits to one of the four European regions.

After the workshops, the participants (in teams of six) will go for week-long study visits (3-10.04.2016) to border places in four regions of East-Central Europe (Bukovina, Lubuskie Region, Banská Bystrica Region and Transylvania). The visits will result in collecting interviews and audio-visuals documents which reflect the past of a given region. The project participants will also attempt to make the narratives that they will have collected a part of a broader context of Europe’s regional history. The project will close with a conference to be held in Warsaw in late 2016.

For more information about the application procedures, please visit the project’s website.

“Memento”: an animated film for International Holocaust Remembrance Day


On 27 January, on the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau German Nazi concentration camp, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated. For this occasion, the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity and the House of the Wannsee Conference have prepared a short animated film entitled “Memento”, directed by the Hungarian auteur Zoltán Szilágyi Varga. The film is available on the organisers’ websites and it will also be shown across European TV channels.

The half-a-minute-long spot based on charcoal drawings recalls one of the most tragic events in human history. As its director Zoltán Szilágyi Varga says, when trying to grapple with the Holocaust “we stand in front of human nature’s distortion without any answer despite all the research we know, the number of victims counted, the exact description of the events. The film evokes symbolism which is easily recognised by Europeans: cattle railway cars, railway tracks, paper snippets or abandoned flats, yet it shows them from a child’s perspective, thereby posing the question whether it is possible to comprehend that tragedy and stressing the need to uphold the memory of those days.

Continue reading on the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity’s website.