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 European and Worldwide Commemorations - a long way to go.
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In the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin December 16-17, the topic is European Commemoration. [link] But how to commemorate WORLD WAR 1 when only looking at European States and not the impacts and effects this WW1 had on other regions of the world? A question **** raised in the opening session Tuesday evening before the screening of***** Episode 1

Are there common historical points of reference? and is it enough to look with the eyes of historians?

I shared the ideas of connecting positions and perspectives/views, frames, .... to bring them into context and make this concrete in models. I shared The PETERS SYNCHRONOPTIC WORLD HISTORY and gave it as an example of only presenting "flat" on paper (2 dimensionsional) but also adding further dimensions. Maybe check EARTH FOCUS FOUNDATION [link] and their Global Youth Conference GYC 2011 presentation [link] and the 9-D [link] Cognitive Panorama [link] - and received after speaking from the floor and later around the receptions.


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.

The conference's goal is, in cooperation with the participants, to shed light on the opportunities and limitations of a European culture of memory. The particular background of each participant will help shape the understanding of the multitude of perspectives on the memory of the European war with its singularities and its commonalities.

Over the course of two days presenters from the disciplines of science, culture, and education will share their insights on how the First World War has been and is remembered in Europe. The conference will feature three workshop sessions across four different sectors: Science, education, society, and culture. In each sector participants will be able to discuss the conference theme through three central questions: The first one regards the significance and aims of remembrance for societies. What are the necessities for societies to 'remember'? How do past and present interrelate? The second panel will discuss dividing lines of European memories. It will cover national narratives on war experiences and how these narratives influence their remembrance but also look at generational or social dividing lines. The last panel will deal with the potential of joined European narratives.

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.

The conference's goal is, in cooperation with the participants, to shed light on the opportunities and limitations of a European culture of memory. The particular background of each participant will help shape the understanding of the multitude of perspectives on the memory of the European war with its singularities and its commonalities.

Over the course of two days presenters from the disciplines of science, culture, and education will share their insights on how the First World War has been and is remembered in Europe. The conference will feature three workshop sessions across four different sectors: Science, education, society, and culture. In each sector participants will be able to discuss the conference theme through three central questions: The first one regards the significance and aims of remembrance for societies. What are the necessities for societies to 'remember'? How do past and present interrelate? The second panel will discuss dividing lines of European memories. It will cover national narratives on war experiences and how these narratives influence their remembrance but also look at generational or social dividing lines. The last panel will deal with the potential of joined European narratives.





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Welcome to the ifa Conference for European Commemoration 2014!

Remembrance is a process related to society as a whole. It offers a chance for a virulent dialogue both between cultures and generations on the future of Europe.







Conference

Interview

What will be the common historical points of reference?

Dr Odila Triebel is Head of the Department Dialogue and Research, Culture and Foreign Policy at the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) and one of the organizers of this year’s conference “European Commemoration 2014″. Prior to the event, we wanted to find out what is particularly challenging in organizing an international conference, how the choice of Read more…







Culture

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Workshop

Video: “Rediscover a new story…”

Prize-winning author and professor Vesna Goldsworthy, Kingston University London, chairs the workshops on “Culture” during the 2014 European Commemoration conference. Being originally from Serbia, but living in the UK for 30 years now, Goldsworthy knows just how different national commemoration is organized within Europe.


Europäische Erinnerungskulturen 2014,



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Workshop

Impressions from the workshops

Photos: ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Wolfgang Borrs, 2014.






Education

Interview

Workshop

Video: “What we need is critical questioning!”

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”.


Europäische Erinnerungskulturen 2014,



Conference

Keynote

Panel discussion

Between personal memories and grand narratives

“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’.


Europäische Erinnerungskulturen 2014,



Conference

Public Inaugural Event

Impressions of the Inaugural Event

Photos: ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Wolfgang Borrs, 2014.






Conference

Interview

Society

Video: “Remembrance as duty”

Anna Kaminsky is Director of the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship. In this interview she talks about chances and challenges concerning European commemoration in 2014.




Statement

“Excessive remembrance is a modern phenomenon”

Introductory remarks by Prof Dr Edgar Wolfrum, University of Heidelberg, Scientific Consultant: “Excessive remembrance is a modern phenomenon. Of course remembrance also existed in the early modern period, but ‘Lethe’ and the art of forgetting were much more dominant at that time. Every peace treaty drawn up at the end of a conflict included ‘forgive Read more…




Conference

Education

Interview

How can we manage to create a “European space of memory” ?

Frank Morawietz works as an intercultural trainer and project manager. He has coordinated the implementation and development of the South East European Initiative of the French-German Youth Office (Deutsch Französisches Jugendwerk / Office franco-allemand pour la Jeunesse) since 2000. In this interview we discussed his expectations for this year’s conference and the importance of a Read more…






Culture

Interview

Panel discussion

Video: “A non-national way of looking at history”

Gunnar Dedio is a documentary film maker and founder of Looks Film Productions. In our interview he talks about personal memories and non-national ways of commemoration.


Frank Walter Steinmeier. Foto: B. Hänssler



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Welcome to the ifa Conference for European Commemoration 201


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