Understanding Our Legaccy
Start date: Aug 1, 2011,
The main objective is to promote participatory cultural exchange among a group of Serbian, and German youth in regards to history and war. Ten years after the war in former Yugoslavia, there is a willingness to discuss the past conflicts as a part of the process of democratisation and Europeanisaton of Serbia. This project will include a group of 24 youth (12 from Serbia and 12 from Germany), 16 to 25 years old, in a weeklong creative workshops in which they will debate the effects of war on the present youth generation. The experience of German and European youth is essential as they are the forth generation since World War II. They will discuss the consequences of the wars in both countries through rethinking the roles of monuments, memorials and commemorative practices in creating socio-cultural and political identities. The discussion will be informed by meetings with war veterans and local artists. Together they will explore the possibilities for the inclusion of war veterans in the Serbian historical narrative. By these intimate meetings, part of the informal education process, participants will be able to understand the effect of the historical event on their own lives and ask as to the motivation of the veterans (many youth at the time) for participating in the war; and their experiences during and after the war and their reflection on it now; in addressing these questions the youth will learn to act as cultural brokers, but also as promoters of peace and conflict resolution. The European intercultural discussion about war, commemoration, and social inclusion, will emphasize the role of youth as active participants in democracy. The group will propose possible designs for a commemorative site for Serbian veterans of the wars of the 1990s. The workshop will end in an exhibition to which a catalog will be published. The exhibition will be covered by the media and presented on the partners’ websites.
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