On 23 February, 2018 the traditional new-year cutting of vasilopita (St Basil’s cake) took place, as it has done every year, at the premises of the CDRSEE in Thessaloniki. CDRSEE board members, staff and distinguished guests gathered to celebrate the advent of 2018 and exchange blessings for a prosperous and successful year for the Center and its projects. CDRSEE Vice-Chair Mr Nikos Efthymiadis, Treasurer Mr Rigas Tzelepoglou and Board Member Mr Ioannis Tsormpatzoglou represented the Board of Directors.
Although fraught with negative connotations, the geographical region defined as the ‘Balkans’ is one of unique and lively history. Unequivocally, a history of ethnic divisiveness and political turmoil, yet, in a space abound in cultural richness, shared heritages, entangled and connected national histories. History bears particular significance for Balkan peoples, who, nevertheless, tend to abuse the word ‘historic’. The popularity of the term could be attributed to its melodic sound and profound meaning – whatever is important or likely to be important in history, according to
Sevres, 29-30 January 2018: With an interesting and busy project kick-off meeting successfully concluded on 30 January 2018, the RETHINK project has got off to a great start. Hosted by CIEP (Centre International d'Etudes Pedagogiques), the consortium leaders, in Sevres, the meeting brought together the project partners from all over the EU: Shoah Memorial (France), Euroclio (based in the Netherlands), The Living History Forum (Sweden), The House of the Wannsee Conference (Germany), Kazerne Dossin (Belgium) and CESIE (Italy), all leading names in remembrance education, hi
We are delighted to announce our participation as project partners in the upcoming initiative ‘RETHINK-Remembrance Education for Thinking Critically’, due to start in January 2018. The EU-wide initiative, funded under the Erasmus + programme will be coordinated by CIEP (Centre International D’Etudes Peadagogiques) in Paris and the project consortium comprises prestigious academic and education organisations across the EU. The work of the project will focus on creating and sharing best practice about how education on remembrance is conducted (with a particular focus on the Holocaust) and how
2017 has been another year of groundbreaking, creative and practical work by the CDRSEE, and at the same time, a year of challenges. Our projects have gone from strength to strength- developing not only in their content and methods, but also in broadening their reach, engaging in more cooperation with a variety of groups and in delivering results that allow for societies to really bring about change. Europe in general, including our region of Southeast Europe, has found itself sailing into uncharted waters in 2017.
Brussels, 18 December 2017: Do the Balkans produce more history that it can consume? What does it actually mean when a society ‘consumes’ history? How can responsible history education be promoted in the region? How can history teachers in the Western Balkans approach sensitive and controversial issues in the classroom?
After 2016-a year full of shocks on the European and global stage- we had started to think that we couldn’t be surprised by anything. In 2017 we were proven wrong.
Thessaloniki, 16 December 2017: Contributing to the discourse in civil society in Southeast Europe, the CDRSEE participated in the conference convened by the Navarino Network on ‘EU and Southeastern Europe: Democracy and Human Rights Challenges’ on December 16th in Thessaloniki.
On 15 December, 2017 ‘Okruzenje’, Balkans’ unique democratic media initiative, celebrated its 6 years of broadcast across the region in a momentous promotional event and episode filming in Tirana. The event, organized for the first time ever in Tirana, gathered numerous visitors, including members of the diplomatic corps, media representatives, longtime friends of the series, former Albanian guests of the show, and media & communication students from Albanian universities.
The Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe convened its annual at the premises of the Center in Thessaloniki on 27 November, 2017. Reviewing the successes of the past year the Board of Directors engaged in a productive dialogue on the progress of current projects, as well as on future initiatives of action in the area of Southeast Europe. Fundraising for the continuation of the current flagship projects and for the implementation of new ones was at the centre of the discussions with regard to the CDRSEE’s future steps.