• Stories of never-ending past: historical memory, local communities, performing arts
Coordinator: Mikhail Kaluzhsky, author of documentary theatre projects, journalist (Russia/Israel)
Historical memory has become one of the most important cultural and political issues of several last decades. We witness continuing, often extreme politicisation of the historical memory, but in the same time a growing interest to it allows to enrich and widen historical narratives. An interest to historical memory doesn’t serve purely historical and/or memorial issues. It’s a powerful tool of individual and group self-identification and a way to question dominating historical discourses. Thus historical memory is important not only for nations and societies, but also for local communities.
Participants of the master class will discuss various aspects of historical memory in its connections with social practices: History vs. memory, or Limits of evidence; How to hear unheard voices; Our heroes, your perpetrators: competing narratives and reconciliation; Cemetery, street, library: visual traces of memory; Performing arts and museums: unlikely allies.
Outcomes of the master-class might be common project initiatives, performances, exhibitions, media pieces and many more. Target group: Young Professionals with a background in working with historical memory, social movements, culture and (performing) arts, etc.
• How can civil society help to overcome territorial conflicts in Europe?
Coordinator: Yuliya Erner, DRA (German-Russian Exchange), Germany
The workshop refers to the issue of territorial conflicts as one of the characteristic features of the European history and presence. While been essential in the process of national and regional identity building, territorial conflicts can be peacefully resolved if the involved parties are able to percept the way out of the conflict as a win-win situation, and the group leaders show political will for compromise solutions. Often, contesting interests of neighboring social groups are subject to political instrumentalisation and feed nationalist movements. In this case, the protracted and sometimes violent conflicts threaten peace and democracy in Europe.
Taking reference to the present cases of territorial conflicts in different parts of Europe – in the post-Soviet space, in the Balkans, Cyprus, Italy, Nothern Irland, ect., the workshop participants are invited to reflect how claims for self-determination can become a bone of contention and be misused as a resource of power by political entrepreneurs. Building on the participants’ personal involvement and working experience in conflicting societies all over Europe, we focus on the question: What forms of civic engagement are appropriate to overcome a social fragmentation across the conflict lines and to prevent an escalation of territorial conflicts?
Target group: civil society activists, journalists, social entrepreneurs, scholars and teachers, artists, ect. (Europe-wide, including EU, the Balkans, Russia, post-Soviet area, Turkey). Precondition for participation: Interest to discuss the issue on practical level and to develop ideas for multilateral projects which can be implemented on a local (grass root) level.
• Gender Blenders: gender and diversity
Coordinators: Bianca Constantin (INLAR) & Alina Aflecailor (Human Rights Educator), Romania
Have you ever thought how being socialized based on our biological sex, can affect our life? This workshop will underline the transversality of gender mainstreaming, addressing the way how femininities and masculinities are constructed and how it affects society in general. It is time to challenge the “normality” of predetermined gender roles and inequalities and start thinking outside the binary system!
We blend in a mixer all social constructs, gender stereotypes and prejudices. We add some capacity building, sharing experiences and best practices, shake them well and we pour it in our professional context.
The workshop addresses to people working in NGOs and other organisations, youth workers, trainers and educators and not only, helping them to mainstream gender in their professional life through Human Rights Education and Non-Formal Education methodologies.
• The Civic inspirers – how to organise Civic and Human Rights education in the era of democracy crisis
Coordinator: Marta Gawinek-Dagargulia, non-formal education trainer (Poland/Georgia)
The success of democracy depends on the formation of the social capital conducive to the maintenance of democratic patterns of behaviour and development of the civil society. Civic education is the most important instrument of the formation of such social capital and is, therefore, an essential responsibility of the state and other actors. Human rights are universal also in the sense that they are based on the concept of moral obligation which we all, as humans, share, and not on the legislation of a state. The recent developments and a genuine crisis of democracy and Human Rights in Europe and in the whole world show an even greater need to strengthen knowledge and competencies.
What civic competencies are crucial nowadays and what educational frameworks strengthen them most effectively? How to reach societal mainstream in out countries with raising awareness on Human Rights? During the workshop, we will map of trends and tendencies, as well as best practices and examples of failing in different countries and cross-border initiatives. Most promising projects, practices and platforms will be discussed. Most burning issues will become a space for a design thinking process that will end up with the development of joint initiatives.
Who can apply: Participants who want to critically discuss the current approaches and looking for powerful solutions and fresh ideas for strengthening democracy through civic and Human Rights education in their countries. Open minds for building new coalitions and sharing lessons learnt.