Auschwitz

Teaching human rights and 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”

Lviv-as-a-space

Urban Spaces of L’viv

There was a number of number of international conferences dedicated to the link of topics “Lviv: City – Society – Culture”. On May 29-31, 2014 the 12th conference took place at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and the Center for Urban History. This conference, dedicated to Lviv’s urban space in both its physical and symbolic dimensions, was precisely called “Urban Spaces of Lviv/Lwów/Lemberg: Imagination, Experiences, Practices.” Continue reading “Urban Spaces of L’viv”

trip, seminar group

Memory places of Kraków

I helped to conduct the seminar about history of and memory places in Kraków (13-19 May 2013) of Prof. Jürgen Angelow and (this time) Prof. Zdzisław Noga. The participants were students of the Freie Universität Berlin und Pedagogical University in Krakow. The topics of speeches were related as always to historical places (monuments, public places, churches etc.). Continue reading “Memory places of Kraków”

Polish Eastern Borderland in Węgliniec

Commemoration of an expulsion can help to overcome the trauma of expelled. This is the case with the Museum of the Polish Eastern Borderland in Węgliniec, which I visited. The history of the Museum you can read and see here. It’s of course a very emotional and not professional museum, but it’s interesting to see and to listen what the whole equipment, documents and photos mean for the museum’s founder Alfred Janicki. Continue reading “Polish Eastern Borderland in Węgliniec”

Monuments as a medium of remembrance

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity established in Warsaw supports since 2011 researches on genealogies of memory in Central and Eastern Europe. It’s first conference was dedicated to theories and methods. I gave there a paper on “Monuments and memory constructs in L’viv between 1867 and 1939”. The programme of the conference you can download here. Continue reading “Monuments as a medium of remembrance”

Memory places of the regions

Comparisions of regionals researches and finding a broader geographical context can be also very inspiring. So the conference „Regional memory places: Western Bohemia and Middle Germany – a comparision” (Regionale Erinnerungsorte: Westböhmen und Mitteldeutschland im europäischen Kontext) in November 2011 was for me a great possibility to see the bigger picture. Continue reading “Memory places of the regions”

TU Chemnitz, Fluctuating memory

Fluctuating memory

Collective, individual, cultural or communicative memory are very well known in the science. But what is fluctuating or ambiguous memory? I came to this conclusion in regard to my analyse of monuments in L’viv between 1867 and 1939. “Ambiguous memory” means that the memory on one person or event is differential for different society groups and even individuals. Continue reading “Fluctuating memory”

Pomnik bitwy pod Cedynia

Escape, expulsion after the World War II and its commemoration

In September 2006 I took part on German-Polish seminar about escape, expulsion after the World War II and their commemoration. We were listening to memories of Sybiracy. We had a discussion with a member of German Association of German Displaced Persons (Bund der deutschen Vertriebenen). We’ve visited Cedynia to watch the monument of a battle by Cedynia and to discuss about myth of Piast dynasty. Continue reading “Escape, expulsion after the World War II and its commemoration”