Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe has published 4 Workbooks are now available for free download, have been made through the Joint History Project. The books have been produced in the Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, English (with the 2nd edition published in the summer of 2009), Greek, Macedonian, Serbian and Turkish languages. In addition, an edition of the books in Japanese is underway.
"The goal of the Joint History Project (JHP) is to encourage debate, celebrate diversity and recognise shared suffering and achievements through a participative approach to history teaching, in order for students and teachers to develop the understanding and skills needed for sustainable peace and a democratic future.
"How Soon is Now?", an exercise to imagine our provisional futures, brought together 10 cultural practitioners from 10 organisations across the so called Western Balkans - or as group rather prefers Untitled region - for a speculative imagination of their context and practices ten years from now, in the year 2018.
With the assumption that all (individuals and organizations) invited have developed over the last decade specific skills and qualities that stretch the possibilities of their present situation, we went into a collective brainstorm where will we be when/if the transition in these societies is over.
Imagine 10 years from now - year 2018. You are still a cultural practitioner, or maybe not. What are you busy with? Where are you located, does your organization still have the same address as in 2008? What is your network? Where do your resources come from (what is your economy) and in what kind of cultural climate is your country/city? How local is your scene and with whom are you (not) cooperating? Are you busy with these issues at all?
The exhibition at Škuc Gallery, a link in the long chain of narratives weaving together the Europe Lost and Found project, seeks to present works which do not re-interpret the forgotten stories of the former Yugoslavia and Albania, but look towards (semi)-fictitious stories of the future.
Through video, installations, photography, posters and paintings, the exhibition puts forward 12 different positions, all developed on the theme of the Western Balkans.
Here's an email from Maya Balle who kindly attended the conference - which was great, thanks to all involved.
> Some quick thoughts and feedback and I am sorry I could not come for the
> archive talks today.
> 1. leadership as a new paradigm....want to lead but don't he said...You
> must lead and you are. It is very important that the new society have a new
> paradigm of what leadership can be. Do not back away from this. You are all
> being called and it is important world work.
> 2. was it Ivan or Marc who created the values game?Engage the values game
> and see what your core values as a group are!
> the 8 of you do the game and then grow from there. This is a very valuable
> process and could be something that corporations and non-profits hire you/
> and or your folks on the Highway. Look at other ways that you already have
Before we leave, before we arrive, we should ask where we are going.
We cannot assume to travel innocently, to explore, without leaving a trace.
Every map we even just desire to draw implodes upon the lost highways of our desire, yet another way is taken in this implosion, what is your way?
We face the space of foreignness. The future.
What do you see? How should you respond?
What is a realizable future for Europe? Please take a moment to write a 400 word (or so) utopia. A utopia that could become the future.
These will become the basis of my project, so please send away: firstname.lastname@example.org