Biographies of Resistance: Meeting with the History of Marginalized Groups, between Oppression and Fight for Human Rights – Croatia


Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: Youth Exchange/summer school

Venue: Zagreb, Croatia

Dates: 5–16 September 2021 

Participants: 4, aged 18-25+1GL (aged 18+)

Host organisation: Documenta Centar Za Suocavanje s Prosloscu Udruge

Participating countries: Czech Republic, Italy, Greece, Serbia, Spain

Please read the Info-pack, call for participants & daily programme.

Project info:

The project aims to focus on the topic of underrepresentation of marginalized groups (women, religious and national minorities, LGBTQ+, refugees, and migrants) in formal education, historical narratives, and public space. The marginalization and underrepresentation of these groups in the European culture of remembrance suggest that they aren’t relevant and don’t deserve to be included in the narrations about our common past.

In this Summer School, we want to oppose this interpretation and consider the important role they have covered in 20th-century history.

We will tackle the following questions:

  • Why marginalized groups have been (and still are) excluded from historical narratives?
  • Why are they always presented as passive subjects of history and not as actors?
  • Why their names are missing from the main streets and squares in our cities and countries?

Until today, history has been written mostly by western privileged classes that ignored the perspectives of marginalized groups, making them invisible. In our contemporary society that is becoming more multicultural and diverse, we believe that it is needed to offer a different model of interpretation of contemporary history to include also categories that have been mostly ignored by historiography and formal education.
Through workshops, games and art, we will discover together these different perspectives on remembering.

We would like you to prepare two workshops/sessions and one presentation for the project.

Don’t worry! You are going to be together with your national team and your group leader will help.

The workshops: each national team (4 participants + one group leader) will prepare two workshops/sessions. You are going to have a working title, a description and the methodology given by the organizers, but we would like you to complete the activity and to organize it during the Summer School.

You can also propose different methods and activities if you want, just make sure they are going to be involving, non-discriminatory, and that there is going to be space for discussion and for expressing
different opinions. In this case, please get in contact with the project’s organizers to discuss the changes.

You can conduct the workshops together or divide into two groups and make one workshop each.

The presentation: one day during the Summer School will be dedicated to your presentations. The presentation should be about the biographies and personal stories of chosen people from your
local and national background. The presentation doesn’t need to be about known historical characters, but could also be about relatives, people you know or people from your local community who are important for you because connected with the topics of resistance and fight for human rights.

The presentation should last around 30/40 minutes in total (for all the 4/5 team members), you can decide if you prefer to present one person each or if you want to work together with your team.

In the month of August, you should meet with your national team and youth leader to discuss and organize the workshops and the presentation. If you can’t take part in the meeting your group leader
will organize a Skype call.

Last but not least, for one of the workshop/session we will need newspaper articles and extracts from your textbooks. The articles and the pages from the textbook could be about some significant person from marginalized groups, but also a misrepresentation of these groups (stereotypes and prejudices), as well as a total underrepresentation of them (their absence or invisibility in a determined historical period). Please bring at least one for each of them to be sure to make the workshop successful!

Participants’ profile:

Each organization will be free to choose their national participants. They should be 4 people from 18 to 22 years old who have an interest in the project’s topics, will be able to meet in August for preparing the workshops, and take part in the Summer School for its entire duration

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