This discovery is just one of the outcomes of the history competitions in 2017/2018 and 2019/2020. We asked awarded participants about their experiences and findings during their research projects and got some remarkable insights.
War in Ukraine
We are watching the Russian attack on Ukraine in horror. We stand with our colleagues, partners, alumni, and all people affected by this war.
How to approach a turbulent past? This year’s prize winners of the Moldovan History Competition gave answers – and were awarded for their investigations in Chișinău on 18 June 2022.
In the very first history competition in their country, the Armenian competition organisers put special focus on their most important stakeholders: history teachers.
The promotional video provides necessary information about the Georgian History Competition “30 Years Since the End of the Soviet Rule” and shows impressions of earlier competition.
The promotional video provides a short introduction to the Moldovan History Competition “Dialogue Between Generations After 30 Years of Independence” and is an invitation to participate.
A filmic invitation to look back at the Georgian History Competition 2019/20 “Migration – Restarting Life From Scratch”, its highlights, partners and protagonists
2021/2022: “Behind the Scenes: From the History of the Family to the History of the Community. 1986-2000“ (Note: The Belarusian History Competition 2021/2022 is currently not going ahead due to the political situation in Belarus)
This common umbrella topic in 2021/2022 is paying tribute to the 30th anniversary of the dissolution of the USSR in 2021
“Thirty years have passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Everyone thought it would last forever until it was no more. Since then, the vast majority of the former Soviet Republics have condemned totalitarianism, repressions, human rights abuses, lack of freedom of speech, and communist ideology.
One may well think that Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, properly assessed the Soviet past, learned the lessons from it. But upon closer look, the Soviet legacy still holds a grip on our daily lives, economics, and political culture. While one part of the society strongly condemns and rejects the Soviet past, another vociferously harbors nostalgia. Radical decommunisation and demolitions of the Soviet monuments exist alongside the restoration of the Soviet anthems and emblems. The veneration of Stalin shadows unprecedented religious revival. And the way we talk about the Soviet era still affects our identities.
Historians call this “a haunting past” which means that the past refuses to pass away. Either because we haven't discussed it much, or because we haven’t reached a consensus about it, or because we have replaced it with one-sided, uncritical narratives.
Simply removing monuments and renaming streets is not enough to comprehend the incredibly complex and contradictory Soviet experience. Instead, we should approach the Soviet past through the lenses still unusual for our countries, namely everyday history, memory studies, micro-history, and oral history. And by combining this approach with political studies, we could see the complexity of our ancestors' experience and thus understand the various sentiments and stereotypes existing today.
Our project invites teachers and their students from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to join our discussion about the Soviet experience and post-Soviet transition. We offer an opportunity to exchange ideas, to meet your peers from other countries. And also learn how to work with historical sources, how to actually write history, and understand how complex and uncertain the past could be.”
Andrii Fert, Project Coordinator, DVV International – Country Office Ukraine, June 2021
The next international encounter for prize winners from the five competitions is scheduled for autumn 2022.
How does one learn not to "Look Back in Anger"? 16 participants from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine discussed this issue during a two-month long online workshop. They presented their answers in highly creative and moving works which they shared in a public retrospective.
Is “War and Peace Cast in Stone?” During the EUSTORY Next Generation Summit 2018, 16 young prize winners from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine met with experts and explored the changing meaning of monuments. With this newly acquired knowledge in mind they designed their own monuments. Take a look!
From 3 - 6 August 2022, the project team will organise a cross-regional workshop in Georgia for tutors who will have assisted the best competition participants in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
In December 2020, tutors from all five project countries used the opportunity to share their experiences of school education. Together they discussed how politics of memory and cultures of commemoration are significant in class.
In the 2019/2020 competition, organisers in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine provided opportunities for 272 teachers to reflect on contemporary approaches to historical sources in a total of 18 national workshops.
The international cooperation project “History Competitions” was started in 2017 by DVV International and Körber-Stiftung with the funding of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. It supports the implementation of history competitions for pupils and young adults in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – and since 2021 also in Armenia. It also fosters international exchange between organisers, teachers and young adults, e.g. through workshops, network meetings and youth encounters.
Initially planned for two years, the project is already in its third project round.
Learn more about the cooperation partners by clicking on the button below.
Hazarashen – Armenian Center for Ethnological Studies
Lusine Kharatyan, email@example.com
Shushan Saratikyan, firstname.lastname@example.org
DVV International – Country Office Belarus
(until the beginning of August 2021)