To improve analytical approaches and enhance discussion on possible ways to smooth points of conflicting memories in history in Russia, the EU and other European countries;
To deepen the collaboration of NGOs from Russia and the EU who are dealing with history and memory. Furthermore, to enlarge networking with organisations from other European countries to offer a wider and more complete perspective on historical memory;
To broaden a view on the topic of conflicting memories, which is a crucial part of the EU-Russia relationship;
To raise dialogic memory as a sustainable approach dealing with historical past and national identities;
To boost multilateral dialogue on conflicting memories,historical cultures of remembrance in Russia, the EU and other European countries;
To strengthen awareness of the work of local NGOs.
WHY IS THIS GROUP NECESSARY?
Group coordinator, Perm Youth Memorial, Russia
In my opinion historical education is essential, because an overwhelming part of the socio-political processes in Russia are linked to our recent past, its various analyses, interpretations, myths and stereotypes. By taking part in the History Group, we encourage the establishment of another pan-European platform and develop dialogue and professional networks.
Group coordinator, Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe in Wroclaw (KEW), Poland
History is the basis for dialogue between the citizens of Russia and the EU. While historical memory and education is often in the domain of national institutions, civil society can contribute the direly-needed humanist perspective and focus on the experiences shared by many Europeans. With enough determination our linguistically diverse Working Group can foster incremental change in people-to-people relations across Europe.
Secretariat of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, Germany
It is challenging to deal with uncomfortable aspects of history among different communities. It can be observed in the current political crisis in EU-Russia relations; regarding the EU-Russia CSF, it is still difficult to form a shared platform, as civil societies from the two counterparts are dealing with the past differently. Thus, the theme of conflicting memories in history, as a new aspect of the Forum’s work, seems an ideal and enriching area of work for the CSF.
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