Public discussion event in Warsaw: “Teaching Post-Socialist Transition: the challenges facing museums, schools and non-formal educators.”

On 6th December 2022, we gathered in Warsaw for a public discussion event on “Teaching Post-Socialist Transition: the challenges facing museums, schools and non-formal educators.” This discussion was hosted in partnership with Stowarzyszenie 61 at their base and held with experts from museum education departments, teachers from schools, and educators from NGOs and other organisations. We were also joined by our partners from our Transition Dialogue network, comprising education experts and NGO coordinators from Sofia

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Presentation of results of Transition Dialogue at Zagreb School of Economics and Management

The results of the international project Transition Dialogue 2019-2022 – Dealing with change in democratic ways were presented on 23 November 2022 at a gathering of experts and media representatives at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management. The project started with a mapping of how the political, economic and sociocultural dimensions of the transition after the fall of communist regimes in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe were taught in modern history classes in schools.

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The exhibition LOST IN TIME

The exhibition LOST IN TIME is about objects and people who have lost their past and cannot move forward into the future. The discussion “Transition Dialogue for Democratic Change. Art in times of turbulence” was held alongside the exhibition, where different paintings, photos and videos have been showcased. Throughout time, we can see that turbulence, changes and uncertainty towards the future have all served as a source of artistic inspiration. More and more, such transition

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An online expert workshop “Transition Dialogue 2019 – 2021”

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021, an online expert workshop was held for members of project groups within the international project “Transition Dialogue 2019 – 2021 – Dealing with Change in Democratic Ways.” The Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar led the Croatian team, in cooperation with the Znanje na djelu / Wissen am Werk Foundation. The meeting dealt with the challenges of transition in education and how the history of economic, political and socio-cultural transformations

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Approaching the German unification process using the example of history teaching in Bavaria and Saxony

Jan Dreyer, history teacher, has been examining and researching the ways in which the transition process and reunification period is approached German history text books and has written this report that compares his findings across textbooks in Bavaria and Saxony.  Within the short period of time between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, the Peaceful Revolution eliminated without violence the SED dictatorship, and for the East German population a new

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Launch of new phase of Transition Dialogue 2022-2024 – watch this space!

The completion of the handbook marks the end of its first phase, the project “Transition Dialogue” has now been extended from 2022-2024. In this new phase of the project, the Transition Dialogue network seeks to open a transnational and differentiated debate on transformation processes and experiences that makes memory discourses more visible and contributes to better understanding between European neighbours. The young generation must be explicitly brought into focus and addressed. To this end, following

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Closing conference of Transition Dialogue 2019-2021

On Thursday 31st March and Friday 1st April, we gathered both online and in the Rotes Rathaus in the centre of Berlin to mark the closing of the programme “Transition Dialogue” and to present the handbook that has been the result of the hard work of the project and its coordinators. Our conference was particularly significant given the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine, and this background remained present and poignant throughout each of our speakers’

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Best Practice: Saxony in Dialogue

Can we still have a conversation with each other? We all want to be heard, but are not always prepared to listen? The social climate of conversation seems poisoned, dialogue increasingly turns into discord; hatred and agitation often dominate the discourse. In this short video, the project “Saxony in Dialogue” is presented by its initiator Conny Reichelt. Through encounters between people, also in an unconventional way, this project tries to establish a lively and contentious culture of conversation. Citizens

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30th anniversary of the defeated Soviet August Coup 1991

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 an eyewitness for significant events of that period and captured many of them on film. He is the author of the book “1991/1993.” ГКЧП Between

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Quiz on the transition period from the Open Lithuania Foundation

Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the end of communism. What followed afterwards was a period of transition that in some parts continues even to this day. These events and their effects on people’s lived experience continue to actively shape the social, cultural and political life in these countries. For the younger generations, it is much harder to grasp what the time under communism and the following

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Dialogues on transition. Podcasts.

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. In three podcasts we are taking a closer look at three “big themes”: 1) teaching transition – why and how? 2) crime and punishment –

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Digital formats and regional events dedicated to the period of transformation

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 through Sofia (Bulgaria) has been created as a mini-series with, among others, the writer Georgi Gospodinov and the former Prime Minister Philip Dimitrov. A short film on

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