Since 2003 activists in fields of cultural, language and civic exchange in East Central Europe, which are members of an association MitOst, meet annualy – each time in a different city – and develop themselves in different topics. Get to know MitOst here: www.mitost.org.
And read here a diary from the 13th International MitOst Festival written by Olga Konovalova:
“An old green train #115O that passes daily through Lviv and goes to Ivano-Frankivsk, or Stanislau (an old name of the city which I like more). It goes slowly without stops through the villages, endless picturesque fields and dense forests as it gives time specially for enjoying the landscape. The train has its typical knock sound which I missed in European trains. I ask the train conductor to bring me glass of tea in metal glass-holder, which is possible to find only in trains of post-soviet countries. I was drinking sourse by source the tea, enjoying the landscape and thinking what is waiting on me at MitOst festival. I was going without any expectations or knowledge what is going to happen and looking forward to discover the city, the festival and organization itself. Continue reading “A diary from the 13th MitOst Festival [Olga Konovalova]”
Community archives are archival initiatives, which are independent from the state activities. They are a new place, where you can look for unknown historical sources. You can find there e.g. family photos, private documents and diaries. Polish scientists consider sources of community archives to be very important for researches with new approaches, e.g. every day life, cultural life and social life.
On October, 24 they met in Warsaw (Museum of History of Polish Jews – Polin) at the 1st Meeting of Community Archives (www.archiwa.org). Continue reading “New historical sources – a meeting”
It is not easy to distinguish between East Europe and Central Europe. At the same time the local roots are very important. Despite people are changing, roots of changes and of the mentality can be seen in the past. So what is East-Central Europe? Oskar Halecki distinguished four regions in Europe (Western, West Central, East Central and Eastern Europe). Continue reading “East Central Europe – what is it?”
Because of numerous refugees who nowadays want to come to Europe are Hungary and Poland often a topic in the European media. Both are seen as sceptical to the acceptance of refugees in their countries. Poles and Hungarians has a lot in common in the past. Their relationship gives a number of sources for scientific researches.
Poles and Hungarians shared rulers and faith. Common was also the Revolution of 1956, which was of course more tragic on the Hungarian side. Continue reading “Poles and Hungarians and their place in Europe”
Stories can change the world. A project team wrote on the Website transformativestory.org that they are “using stories to promote empowerment and social justice”. Their aim is to “generate stories aimed at catalysing action on pressing social issues”. Two local examples came to my mind.
Continue reading “Story that moves…”
Do media need archives? What has storytelling to do with archive materials? Stories holded on archive sources. Archive sources could be included into media narratives on a attractive way, e.g. using storytelling. There are at least two reasons for it. The stories become “second life” and media don’t have to construct content which can be useful and interesting for its audience. They can use ready sources. Continue reading “Media, archives, storytelling”
Looking for examples of brave but not out of reach people? Jan Karski was one of them. His life was an inspiration for the conference “Jan Karski. Human beings and H/history. Aims of education for antidiscrimination”. Continue reading “Jan Karski. Human beings and H/history”
Combining human rights and history education can be very useful. One of the common values for both fields is the change. If you analyse history you look mostly for the change and dealing with human rights aimes mostly at bringing change into life.
Change is also a title of a book wich is being prepared by an international team of scientists in collaboration with practitioners of history education and human rights education. I will upload it here, when it will be finished in 2016. Continue reading “Teaching human rights and history”
Looking for ideas of scientific excursions? I recommend you to go to Lithuania. I took part on the excursion for German, Lithuanian and Belorussian students „Lithuania During a Period of The Two World Wars“ (05.10.2014 – 17.05.2014, Vilnius and Kaunas, Lithuania), organised in cooperation with the Vilnius University and European Humanities University. Continue reading “German-Belorussian-Lithuanian relationships”