politics and contemporary history

Videobrücke – Berlin – Riga – Zagreb – Moskau

Video conferences from Berlin’s Zeughaus Cinema to the Goethe-Instituts in Riga, Zagreb and Moscow discuss nation-building, cultural identity and East-West relations.

24.11. - 9.12.2014
Berlin – Riga – Zagreb – Moskau
Berlin, 10 November 2014.- A hundred years after 1914, relations between East and West are once again characterised by tension. Affiliations of individual nations, regions and cultures are sources of contention just as is the right to self-determination. A variety of political and cultural concepts of order and integration are competing with each other in the post-socialist sphere. In a specially developed format that also opens up discussion with audiences in Russia, Latvia and Croatia, the Goethe-Institut brings experts from three nations into trans-boundary conversation via public video conferencing.

The first video conference Berlin – Riga – Moscow on 24 November reflects 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 will be discussed.

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

The debates on culture taking place within this context with their corresponding remembrance policies and language conventions are of interest just as are the potentials of civil society involvement. From local and historical perspectives, particular attention will be paid to the future of the affected societies.

Mo 24. 11. 2014, 18:00-19:30, Zeughauskino Berlin
Unter den Linden 2 10117 Berlin, 030 20304421

Berlin – Riga – Moscow
Berlin: Dr. Jan C. Behrends (historian, ZZF Potsdam), Dr. Johannes Grotzky (moderator)
Riga: Prof. Aivars Stranga (historian, University of Latvia, Riga), Dr. Ivars Ijabs, political scientist)
Moskau: Prof. Alexey Miller, Dr. Liudmila Novikova, moderator (both: historian, National Research University “University of Economic Sciences”)

Di 9. 12. 2014 18:00-19:30, Zeughauskino Berlin
Berlin – Zagreb – Moscow
Berlin: Prof. Dr. Hannes Grandits (HU Berlin, Südosteuropäische Geschichte / Institute of South-Eastern European History), Johannes Grotzky (moderator)
Zagreb: Prof. Dr. Ivo Banac (Yale University, Dept. of Eastern European History, University of Zagreb), Moderator NN.
Moskau: Prof. Dr. Gasan Gusejnov (cultural sciences expert, National Research University “University of Economic Sciences”), Dr. Anatoly Golubovsky (historian, Moscow)

Two Goethe-Institut events in co-operation with the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin. With the kind support of the ZZF Potsdam. Sponsored by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The event language is English. Simultaneous translation will be available at all venues.

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