“Once upon a time…” – is the beginnin very fairy tale that has been passed down as a piece of familiar culture from generation to generation. When people talk about history, memory and identity, something similar happens. Individuals keep repeating a story about themselves, the communities and states they live in. These narratives help them to make sense of their reality. The narratives, however, are a concoction of fact, myth, official interpretations and personal memories. Like any other story, they are constantly being shaped and re-shaped through communication and are the result of the values, interpretations and political objectives of the communities and people who share it. In that sense, any narrative could start like a tale in present: „Once upon today…in Europe“.
During our 2015 workshop, participants will carve out the connections between their individual biographies and the official history of the countries they live in. The project encourages participants to reflect on narratives involving their own identities, biographies, experiences and memories. It is the project’s goal to initiate a transnational dialogue and allow for a deeper understanding of perceptions and interpretations of past and future in different countries. Furthermore, the workshop encourages to address and discuss accurately how identity and diversity are linked in different European societies and what role understanding and tolerance play in a society consisting of people with different national, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Going back to our narrative theme, we will be searching for the blind spots in our collective memories and try to uncover the stories that are not told or not heard.
This is the provisional agenda for the seminar “Once upon today… in Europe” from March 12-19, 2015 in Krzyzowa.
|Thu, 12.03.2015||GETTING STARTED|
||arrival / room allocation|
|Fri, 13.03.2015||MY STORY|
|Morning session||Getting to know each other
Krzyzowa – a place and its stories
|Afternoon session||Workshop: Flowers of identity|
|Evening|| My Story-evening
– Impressions from Ukraine
|Sat, 14.03.2015||ONCE UPON TODAY… IN MY COUNTRY|
|Morning session||History – community – memory – narratives
Introductory lecture and workshop
|Afternoon session||Workshop: Same event, different story
Group work in bi-national teams
|Sun, 15.03.2015||WROCLAW – EUROPEAN CULTURAL CAPITAL|
|Morning session||Wroclaw – what are the narratives linked to the European Cultural Capital 2016|
|Afternoon session||Individual discoveries in Wroclaw|
|Mon, 16.03.2015||A EUROPEAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY
|Morning session||Reflection round: Postcards from Wroclaw|
|Afternoon session||Workshop: A European Museum of History I|
|Tue, 17.03. 2015||WHICH STORIES SHOULD BE TOLD – AND HOW?|
|Morning session||Workshop: A European Museum of History II
|Afternoon session||Once upon today… in Europe
Retelling the stories
Gallery walk, presentations and discussion
– Bread and Roses Museum
– Virtual Museum “Reconstruction or Reinvention”
|Evening||Lecture in the House on the Hill: Farewell Letters between Helmuth James and Freya von Moltke|
|Wed, 18.03.2015||ONCE UPON TOMORROW|
|Morning session||Open Space for the development of follow-up projects
Open space for developing micro projects: Which other stories should be heard in my community?
How can they be told in a way that brings people together?
– East Meets West – School Exchanges
|Afternoon session||Wrap-Up and feedback|