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).

Anait Sagoyan is a Berlin-based poet, writer and photographer. In her novel House of Paraffin, published 2021 in Russian, she tells the story of two people who grew up in two very different corners of the post-Soviet world. Their paths eventually cross in Berlin, where together they face their childhood
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December 3rd, 3 p.m. CET - online - This autumn pictures from the protests in Belarus gradually merged with the memories of the last days of communism 30 years ago and the protests East German streets. Then and now it was women, who we see claiming their democratic rights and
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Through the Lens of Transition has been a series of webinars held by Transition Dialogue over the course of May and June. We covered a range of topics, from the economy to public spaces, from education to media and the closing of borders, and have had the privilege of hearing
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