The Project

The multi-disciplinary project (24 months) will focus on difficult memories and diverse identities related with conflicts and protest movements in Russia, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Germany and Turkey. It addresses the vital questions every society faces after a conflict:

How can people live together after violent conflicts and with traumatic memories?
How are myths, symbols and memories created and re-created?
How is it possible to allow difficult and different memories instead of controlling or silencing them?

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The project will explore tools for reconciliation, promoting dialogue, processes of engagement and disengagement in a comparative perspective. It will bring together methodological discussions from oral history research, cultural memory studies and the study on contemporary protest movements.

The multidisciplinary consortium has expertise on both contemporary and history-oriented research on memory and social movements. Partners have special methodologies which they can contribute to the project, and they have specialized on different aspects on research theme.

The impact of the project is related with different tools for reconciliation to gain comparative knowledge on the practicalities and ethical issues related with reconciliation. These tools include economical compensation, public apologies, creation of new sites of memory and rituals of commemoration. Artists, museums, and educational institutions can also promote dialogue and reconciliation. Public and semi-public acts of “memory work” will be juxtaposed to more private ways of dealing with difficult memories and diverse identities by analyzing everyday practices and life histories.

The Goal

The goal of the project is to encompass and interrelate these methods of processing difficult memories. It will promote dialogue between groups and individuals with diverse memories and identities. Experiences of participating countries will be shared and new methods of promoting dialogue will be tested.