United or Divided in Diversity?
From 2 - 8 October 2016, 24 young people from 16 nations gathered in Tbilisi, Georgia, to discuss and reflect over the concepts of nationality, identity and Europe. The young Europeans are prize winners of national history competitions of the EUSTORY network.
The participants explored the Georgian capital, learned about the Soviet past of the country and interviewed Georgian intellectuals about their home country. After hearing Professor Oliver Reisner from the Ilia State University in Tbilisi talk about Soviet heritage in today's Georgia and visiting a Georgian School, they discussed the difficulties in teaching and understanding history in an “objective” way. Furthermore, the EUSTORY awardees exchanged their thoughts and opinions about identity, about differences and common grounds. “This camp has influenced me a lot. I have learnt that there are multiple perspectives and views, and they can all be right depending from where you look. This was one of the best experiences in my life”, says Pablo, a Spanish prize winner.
The Closing Ceremony took place at the Georgian National Museum. The participants presented the results of their national competition entries and talked about their experiences during the seminar. The possibility of initiating a Georgian history competition was also discussed at this occasion.
Read more about the seminar’s results and insights into the debates in Georgia at EUSTORY´s History Campus.