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20Dec

7-9 December 2012: International Conference: Contemporary approaches to Cold War and Post-Cold War Balkans: main themes, open questions, unresolved debates

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International Conference: Contemporary approaches to Cold War and Post-Cold War Balkans: main themes, open questions, unresolved debates, Belgrade
 
International Conference: Contemporary approaches to Cold War and Post-Cold War Balkans: main themes, open questions, unresolved debates, Belgrade
 
International Conference: Contemporary approaches to Cold War and Post-Cold War Balkans: main themes, open questions, unresolved debates, Belgrade
 
International Conference: Contemporary approaches to Cold War and Post-Cold War Balkans: main themes, open questions, unresolved debates, Belgrade
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The CDRSEE kicked off the new Joint History Project in Belgrade on December 7 to 9, with an international gathering of the top academics that have taken a vested interest in the new history workbooks that will cover the post-World War II period and the 1990s in the Balkans. The international conference entitled “Contemporary approaches to Cold War and Post-Cold War Balkans: main themes, open questions, unresolved debates” added new perspectives to paving the way for addressing sensitive historical issues in the new JHP series.

It was an enlightening and motivating event for the JHP’s History Education Committee and about the 30 high-profile experts from around the world whom we would like to thank for their contribution to the new JHP volumes. Take your time, read and comment on the experts’ contributions on our message board.

 

10Dec

7-9 December 2012: International Conference: Contemporary approaches to Cold War and Post-Cold War Balkans: main themes, open questions, unresolved debates, Belgrade

 

A new step in the JHP begins on Friday December 7th  with the opening of this event supported by USAID and the ISC, carefully preparing the grounds for addressing sensitive historical issues following the JHP methodology and principles.

This international conference includes HEC members and around 30 well-known individuals (experts from international institutions, opinion makers and high profile academia from Europe and the US) to discuss how to present the history of the more recent times. Topics will include: the Cold War in the Balkans, Nationalism under Communism, Collapse and Reconstruction after 1989, History and Myths on Cold War and Post-Cold War Balkans. Plans will first be discussed with international and Southeast European historians and at a later stage, teachers, the general public and policy makers will be included in the development process.

 

07Dec

The CDRSEE Board of Directors gathered on December 2 and 3 to review the past year and to look ahead to 2013

The CDRSEE Board of Directors gathered on December 2 and 3 to review the past year and to look ahead to 2013 with a renewed and enthusiastic vision for the Center and its team.

Welcomed by the CDRSEE team and under the leadership of Board Chairman Dr. Erhard Busek, 10 board members engaged in lively discussion about progress in reconciliation in the region, the events of the past year and most importantly, the CDRSEE’s goals and focus for the new year. The board is very impressed with the results of 2012 and is looking forward to broadening the Center’s reach in the region, with the new Joint History Project, another Vicinities series and many new ideas to become part of.

 

06Dec

26 November - 2 December 2012: Seminar: Euro(pe)- Crisis without End? What is the European Idea for the 21st century?

 

The expansive exchange of ideas, different points of view and opposing opinions among the participants was the main characteristic of this seminar. Students not only had the opportunity to inform themselves of the European crisis and to expand their knowledge in respect to the more technical aspects of the European crisis, but also to enlarge their perceptions of other European countries. The next seminar will be held in Paris in early March 2013.

The Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), together with the Institut d'études politiques (IEP) de Grenobles, the Chair for South-East European History of Humboldt University and the CDRSEE piloted a dialogue project between young French, Greek and German citizens, in particular, PhD and Master students from Humboldt-Universitat Berlin, Institut für History, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble (Sciences Po), the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Faculty of Law, Economics and Political Science, Faculty of Philosophy and the School of Journalism and Mass Media Studies) and the University of Macedonia (Department of International and European Studies).

This seminar was the first in a series of three seminars in France, Germany and Greece - a tri-national project. This particular initiative aimed at exploring how the young generation perceives the crisis, enabling a deeper analysis of the crisis and offering youth an opportunity to discuss their views with public policy makers and private economy decision-takers. 

Issues discussed within working groups during this first seminar included the following: Viewpoints – comparative views to the crisis in Europe, Greece in the European meshwork of the 20th century – the inner dynamics, the French-German Tandem and the crisis: the political and economic strategies of an unlikely couple, Financial crisis? Debt crisis? Trade balance crisis? Monetary crisis? Political crisis? Cultural crisis? Crisis of trust? What role does nationalism/populism and a thereby connected radicalisation in the crisis play? What new developments foster this process? Financial politics in Europe: budgets in between national responsibility and European dependence? Leaving the Euro: a solution? Civic responsibility: the role of civic society in the crisis, The crisis and globalisation: to what extent are international economics and politics linked with each other and what economic and political interdependencies can be observed? What is the European idea for the 21st century?

27Nov

13-15 November 2012: Alps Adriatic Conference, Peace Education, Villach, Austria

 

Organised by the Centre for Peace Research and Peace Education (Alps-Adriatic University of Klagenfurt), this event aimed to initiate long-term trans-border cooperations on a university level as well as on a school and non-school level, to develop and initiate of an “Alps-Adriatic Youth Association (YAAA)” following the example of the “German-French Youth Association” and the “German-Polish Youth Association” as an example to other similar European border regions.

Nenad Sebek, Executive Director of the CDRSEE, was invited to take part in the workshop on Conflict Transformation and, in particular, to present the JHP as an illustration of teaching materials for the promotion of peace.

Other topics of presentations, panels and workshops during the conference included: History of the region and its minorities, Culture of Remembrance/Politics of Memory, Culture of Peace Global Learning, Multilingualism, Trans-borderTeaching and School Development, and Peace Education.

21Nov

9-11 November 2012: Shared teacher training event for Albanian and Serbian communities in South Serbia Part II, Bujanovac

 

The second workshop of shared teacher training in South Serbia took place in Bujanovac and followed up on the positive experiences of the first workshop in Vranje in June of this year.  This time, 19 teachers worked in mixed groups and proved that different ethnic backgrounds-even in this sensitive area-do not constitute a barrier to successful co-operation. The trainers team consisted of two young professionals from the University of Tirana, Dr. Andi Pinari and Dr. Ermal Baze, who worked together with a Serbian historian from the Institute of History in Belgrade, Dr. Goran Miloradovic, two Serbian history teachers from our history teacher network and an Albanian history teacher from Montenegro.

Several positive and enthusiastic comments were made by teachers, such as: "I am participating in this seminar from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on a weekend because I believe that if I understand at least 80% of what is taught here and if I can pass on 25% of it to my students, then I believe we can create a better future". Another participant said "We should re-think who deserves to be called a ‘hero’ - someone who destroys, or someone who creates? Some of our heroes did terrible things to other ethnicities."  Participants stated that meeting each other was a strong motivational element in pushing for more tolerance within the communities, a tolerance that grows from personal experience and therefore stands on solid grounds.
20Nov

17-19 November 2012: Teacher Training Workshops, Tuzla

 

The CDRSEE’s Joint History Project continued to expand its reach with another teacher-training workshop, this time in Bosnia and Herzegovina. With the financial support of the European Commission’s IPA programme, 24 teachers were shown the multi-perspective history teaching methods that have helped make the JHP such a success.

The participant teachers learned how to create their own lesson plans, tailored to their schools and their students, incorporating the JHP workbooks. The JHP, through its teacher training and workbooks, helps educators across the Balkans give their students engaging history lessons that encourage critical thinking and debate, recognize shared suffering and achievement, and provide the base for life-long democratic values.

The workshops were carried out in cooperation with Dzevdet Tuzlic and the associations of history teachers. They were moderated by four trainers: historians Nijazija Maslak and Munib Efendić, and teachers Admir Ibricic and Zivana Ilic.

 

07Nov

2-4 November 2012: Teacher Training Workshops, Podgorica

 

The workshops, funded under the IPA programme of the European Commission, welcomed 20 teachers and provided them with an opportunity to learn about the JHP methodologies and familiarise themselves with the workbooks.

As with all the JHP workshops, the training aimed at allowing history teachers to provide their pupils with participative, balanced and critical lessons, to foster tolerance and mutual understanding among the next generation of SEE citizens. It was with great enthusiasm and creativity that the participants learned how to create their own model lessons so as to consolidate their new skills for further use in class.

The workshops, implemented in cooperation with the Bureau for Education Services, were moderated by six trainers: historians Zivko Andrijasevic and Dragutin Papovic, pscyhologist Vesna Milovic and teachers Ljiljana Bajcetic, Vesna Kovacevic and Rade Vujovic.

Also present was Vanja Vukovic, president of the history teacher association (HIPMONT) which the CDRSEE supports.