Bild vom 24.11.2014 | © Bernhard Ludewig
Video conferences from Berlin’s Zeughaus Cinema to the Goethe-Instituts in Riga, Zagreb and Moscow discussed nation-building, cultural identity and East-West relations.

Berlin, 10 November 2014.- A hundred years after 1914, relations between East and West were once again characterised by tension. Affiliations of individual nations, regions and cultures were sources of contention just as is the right to self-determination. A variety of political and cultural concepts of order and integration were competing with each other in the post-socialist sphere. In a specially developed format that also openend up discussion with audiences in Russia, Latvia and Croatia, the Goethe-Institut brought experts from historical sciences and cultural studies into trans-boundary conversation.

The first video conference reflected the emergence of new nation-states before the backdrop of empires in the process of dissolution that decisively influenced Europe up until the First World War. Approaches to dealing with the legacy of socialism as well as the historical dimension of current conflicts were discussed.

The focus of the second video conference Berlin – Zagreb – Moscow on 9 December was on the investigation of a concept of cultural identity as well as the role of language and media in the process of national identification.

In the process of national identification, cultural discussions on remembrance policies and language use were of interest, as is mutual perception following Croatia's entry into the EU, but also the potentials of citizen participation. From local and historical perspectives, particular attention was paid to the future of the affected societies.

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