Theatre Kryly Khalopa presented by Aksana Haiko and Sviatlana Haidalionak will take part in the international conference “Mapping Memories of Post-1989 Europe”. The Ukraine crisis has revealed that national outlooks on recent European history differ significantly among countries. Historical narratives play an important role in the context of current political tensions between Russia and its neighbouring countries. These developments are equally relevant to Europe as a whole. Arguably, transnational remembrance and a common “European narrative” can only emerge on the basis of solidified national cultures of remembrance that are enshrined in a given country’s historical consciousness.
An international conference and a subsequent workshop, both organised by Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) seek to locate post-communist cultures of remembrance and investigate their place in the production and the reception of historical narratives of Europe. What is the potential of post-communist cultures of remembrance for resolving current tensions and conflicts, and how can they be condensed into historical images and interpretive models? What is their use for political education and transnational mediation work? What models, projects, and approaches already exist in these fields, and what new approaches to transnational engagement are desirable?