Self-Positioning of Eastern European Societies in Global Relations

Conceptions of Space and Self- Presentations in School Textbooks

The core objective of the interdisciplinary symposium is to raise awareness for the autonomy of Eastern European countries and societies with regard to processes of globalisation. These processes can be social, economic or cultural. The special focus of discussion, empirical material and findings will be on textbooks, as they are highly influential in the self-representation of nations. Papers discuss historical perspectives, e.g. the ‚global age‘ of Ukraine and the Lower Danube Region, as well as the Central and East European countries’ own perspectives at present time.

The symposium intends to highlight that such self-positioning partly constitutes national and collective identities in Eastern Europe. These identities are in turn constantly utilised, reproduced, contested and adjusted. In this regard, history, geography, political and civic education and social studies textbooks as well as school curricula/syllabi will give interesting insight into (national) self-positioning.

Main Organizers: Leibniz ScienceCampus “Eastern Europe – Global Area” (EEGA), German Association for East European Studies (DGO)
Cooperation Partners: Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI), Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) and the Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies at the University of Münster (WWU)

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