21st –  26th May 2017
Weimar, Germany

EPEKA, Soc. Ent., is a partner in the project “Xenophobia Revisited – World War II and the lessons (not) learned in the 21st century”. The project activity will take place from April 26th to May 1st 2017 in Weimar.

Especially in light of the so-called ‘Refugee Crisis‘ of 2015 and the resurgence of xenophobic, far-right movements across Europe in its wake, it has become increasingly clear that the lessons once learned in the horrors of World War II are yet to be understood by broader parts of today’s European population.
Our idea for ‘Xenophobia Revisited’ is to use the recent rise of right-wing, anti-minority sentiments in Europe as an occasion to re-evaluate the methods and methodologies of remembrance work and how the lessons learned from World War II can be better anchored in today’s European societies.
In doing so, the seminar aims to evaluate and improve current methods of remembrance work and education about WWII, highlight best practices using modern media and widen the participants’ reach in presenting the lessons learned from the Second World War and thus encourage active citizenship across national lines today. The workshop will be especially focused on questions such as:

  • What is the status quo of remembrance work and European remembrance cultures today?
  • What lessons for educating about past atrocities can be learned from the recent resurgence of far-right movements across Europe?
  • How can online media best be utilized and included in remembrance work? What are best practises?
  • What are the dominant media narratives today and (how) can they be used for remembrance work?

In doing so, our project will encourage its participants to think about remembrance work and history education in its importance for current events in Europe and enable them to more effectively educate aware and active members of the European community.

To reach the aims of the project, the workshop will focus on the following areas:

  • To promote modern methodologies and best practices in remembrance work;
  • To discuss and highlight the effects of and lessons learned from recent events in Europe on history education;
  • To promote the knowledge and use of modern media formats in history education;
  • To discuss prevalent media-narratives in Europe today and their chances and challenges for remembrance work;
  • To promote active citizenship in Europe on the basis of the lessons learned from the Second World War;

The program will consist of a weeklong seminar on the topics outlined above that will include meetings with experts as well as excursions to cultural sites relevant to the project.

Coordinator: CULTURE GOES EUROPE – Soziokulturelle Initiative Erfurt e.V., Nemčija

For more information and if you wish to join the project please send an e-mail with a motivation letter and your CV to epeka@epeka.si.

The coordinator of the partner organisation: Štefan Simončič, president of EPEKA, stefan@epeka.si

Partners: ESCOLA PROFISSIONAL DO MONTIJO -Associação para a Formação Profissional e Desenvolvimento do Montijo (Portugal), Identities, Youthnet Hellas (Greece), MTÜ NOORTEVAHETUSE ARENGU ÜHING ESTYES (Estonia), Asociatia Tinerilor Cu Initiativa Civica (Romania), EPEKA (Slovenia)

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This project is financed by the European Commission. The content of this announcement only expresses the opinions of the author. The National agency and the European Commission are in no way responsible for any use of the information the announcement includes.

The youth program of EPEKA, Soc. Ent., is supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport — Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth.