How to talk about the past and present?

The “Transition Dialogue” network focuses on the formation of knowledge and perceptions of the transition from communism in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989. As practitioners of history and civic education, we are taking a closer look at the public discourse on the topic and how transition is being taught at schools in seven European countries.

We are spearheading a new multifaceted democratic discourse on post-socialist transition, highlighting the discrepancy between official discourses and experiences of real citizens in Central and Eastern European countries post ‘89/’91. We work locally and internationally in order to exchange insights and compare results. We aim to come to a more nuanced understanding of the impact of transition on societies and use our findings to provide new methods and tools for civic education in the future.

30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of transition in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union witnesses and drivers of those events are still actively shaping the social, political and cultural life. Meanwhile a generation has come of age that has no direct memory neither of communism nor of transition. Continue reading

The Transition Dialogue project is supported by the Federal Agency for Civic Education of Germany (bpb).

Photographer Dmitry Borko looks back on the events of failed Soviet coup attempt in August 1991, as does Elena, who recognized herself in one of Dmitry’s photographs. Photographer Dmitry Borko has worked in the media since 1987 and for the Nezavisimaya Gazeta (The Independent Newspaper) in 1991. He has been
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The “Transition Dialogue” network, is inviting teachers, students, and everyone else to a series of three podcasts on transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. We have asked experts and practitioners of history and civic education from Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Poland, and Ukraine to rethink political and social transition after 1989.
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In the Transition Dialogue project, which is dedicated to the perception and representation of the political and social transition of the 1990s in various countries of Eastern and Central Europe, the year 2021 will be marked by digital learning formats on the topic of this time of change. So far, a virtual walk
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