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The invention of nation – the invention of Europe?
Start date: 01 May 2015, End date: 29 Feb 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project is based on the results of the implemented Youth Exchange “Youth for Heritage” which took place in August 2014 in Weimar. The main part of the project was the work on the theme "national memories in the context of European identity". Using the central statement "It does not matter whether a society is aware of its history, but how it done" we discussed questions as “How do we remember?”, “What do societies remember?”, “Who defines or determines what to remember?”, “To whom this memory is addressed?”, “And for what purpose we do remember?”, “How is memory staged? What is the role of literature and public spaces?”, “In other words, how is the past represented in the socio-political context?” Within the follow-up project as part of the project line “Youth for Heritage” titled “Die Erfindung der Nation – die Erfindung Europas? // The invention of nation – the invention of Europe?” we will focus on the role of culture and remembrance within the process of construction nations and the question about the construction and need of a cultural identity (group building processes, identity formation, images of threat, heroes, martyrs and victims). What does this in consequence mean for the "European project", the concept of "European citizenship", "European identity" or even a so-called “European Nation”? The translation of discussed themes takes place in various creative workshops. The aim is that insights and ideas, which grew out of joint work will be expressed using artistic means such as theatre, grafic design as well as video/photo. Joint leisure activities and excursions support the intercultural exchange of the participants. The project will take place in August 2015 in Weimar, Germany under the roof of the European Youth Education and Meeting Centre (EJBW), co-initiated and supported by „Weimar-Jena-Akademie“ and „Klassik Stiftung Weimar“, in cooperation with project partners from EU28, SEE and EECA. The project is financed by the program Erasmus+/Youth and co-funded by the Staatskanzlei Thüringen.
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