Mapping Memories Pre-Conference 2017

Mapping Memories Pre-Conference 2017

The international Pre-Conference "Mapping Memories" in Kyiv, Ukraine, focused on a transnational, multi-perspective exchange of civil society initiatives and actors in the field of memory and culture of remenbrance. The Pre-Conference took place from 13 October to 15 October 2017 im Kyiv, Ukraine, followed by the international Mapping Memories conference "Babyn Jar and other "forgotten" sites of the Holocaust", and built upon meetings in Vienna 2015 and in Tblisi 2016.

Getting ready for the first day of the Pre-conference Mapping Memories 2017 at IZONE, Kyiv, Ukraine.Getting ready for the first day of the Pre-conference Mapping Memories 2017 at IZONE, Kyiv, Ukraine. (© bpb, Denys Sukhinin )

As previous "Mapping Memories" events had shown, transnational cooperation and exchange of projects and ideas represent not only new opportunities and possibilities in to work within the field of culture of remembrance, they almost are to be considered prerequisites for balanced and future-oriented education strategies. History education and commemorative practices are significantly shaped by civil society initiatives. Documentation and processing of remembrance at an individual, local and collective level and local perspectives on historical events form valuable contributions to common history narratives and scientific research.

Yet, the activities of civil society actors and initiatives in the field are facing various challenges. Based on the assumption that exchange of knowledge, approaches and practices on a transnational level does not only open up opportunities for promising new projects but also contribute to professionalizing, the Pre-Conference aimed to function as a platform for exchange, space for professional input and a laboratory for methods. A particular aim of the Pre-conference was for the participants to become more aware of pitfalls, blurring and coloring within one’s own work and to test methods that could facilitate transnational collaboration based on multiple perspectives. The participants got a closer look of current discourses in the field of culture of remembrance from different perspectives and took the chance to discuss terms and frames regarding the use of them, especially connected to holocaust education projects. The results of the discourse could be interrogated with respect to options for their implementation in daily practical work, but also formed a basis for discourse for the subsequent conference from a civil society perspective.

The pre-conference "Mapping Memories" 2017 invited stakeholders actively involved in projects in the field of culture of remembrance, especially holocaust education projects and transnational memory culture, to network and enhance historical-political knowledge, also to develop and empower a transnational, multi-perspective dialogue between civil society initiatives and actors from Eastern Partnership countries and beyond. The program focused on informal, method-based exchange. With a limit of 60 participants, the pre-conference did offer a protected space for dialogue and discussion.

The participants had the opportunity to get to know each other and their individual projects during the pre-conference. Next to practical workshop modules like prototyping "the future memorial", there were inputs from different countries about "forgotten and re-discovered places", a photo exhibition on "Dead Corners" of history by Ansgar Gilster and a Film Screening of the movie "6nach70" by Pavel Franzusov, which showed the variety of perspectives on commemorative practice (if you are interested in the work of these two artist, do not hesitate do contact them). To locate Kyiv from a different part of view, the city was explored on an international street art "Mural – Graffiti Tour", which offered different perspectives and interpretation about dealing with history and remembrance.

Kyiv not only served as a venue and place of dialogue, but also as a place of exploration and interactive experience. Local discourses of commemoration were examined as an example, leading to a critical exploration and expansion of civil society’s integrative and interactive spaces. In addition to the confrontation with current discourses in the Ukraine, the participants had the chance to take part in guided tours to important places in Kyiv in the context of remembrance, historical and political debates.

The Pre-Conference was directly linked to the following international Mapping Memories conference, from 15 October to the 17 October. The conference "Babyn Jar and other 'forgotten' sites of the Holocaust", provided an overview of the current state of research, historical discourses and current lines of conflict. The conference asked how discourses of remembrance influence political decisions at the local and international level and vice versa, and what forms a critical transnational engagement with the past in Eastern Europe might take. All the participants of the Pre-Conference attended the conference for deepening scientific knowledge of the topic and contribute with their insights and ideas resulting from the Pre-Conference.

Documents of the event for download

PDF-Icon Programm Pre-Conference
PDF-Icon Biographies of the speaker

What we (do not) commemorate
PDF-Icon Presentation Nutsa Batiashvili

Foto Exhibition Opening
PDF-Icon Presentation Ansgar Gilster

Forgotten Places, Re-discovered Places
PDF-Icon Presentation Maria Czaputowicz
PDF-Icon Presentation Vanya Ivanova

Does an Ideal Memorial exist? And what does it look like?
PDF-Icon Presentation Teona Dalakishvili

Date

13.10.2017 – 15.10.2017

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Mapping Memories Pre-Conference 2017 - 13 October

Mapping Memories Pre-Conference 2017 - 14 October

Mapping Memories Pre-Conference 2017 - 15 October

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