The Board of Directors of the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe convened its annual at the premises of the Center in Thessaloniki on 27 November. Reviewing the successes of the past year the Board of Directors engaged in a productive dialogue on the progress of current projects, as well as on future initiatives of action in the area of Southeast Europe. Fundraising for the continuation of the current flagship projects and for the implementation of new ones was at the centre of the discussions with regard to the CDRSEE’s future steps.
The JHP II’s series of regional launches was concluded in Ljubljana on November 22. The final ‘History of the Future’ event, held at the Museum of Contemporary History, was met with an overwhelmingly successful reception. With a diverse audience consisting of members of the diplomatic corps, international organisations, CSOs, NGOs, journalists, history teachers and students, the two new JHP volumes were presented to a Slovenian audience for the first time in the project’s history.
‘Fake news’ – the fact that this phrase will enter the Oxford English Dictionary in 2017, less than a year after it was first uttered is testament to the power of this phenomenon. Globally, false news and media manipulation in order to bring about social change are on the rise as never before.
On 9-10 November the EU – Western Balkans Media Days, organised by the European Commission, brought together more than 250 representatives of media and policymakers from the Western Balkans and the EU in Tirana, to exchange forward-looking ideas and innovative experiences leading to the sustainability of professional journalism.
With the 5th season of Okruzenje having enjoyed unprecedented publicity and media coverage the 6th Season aims to build on that success. A special episode of Okruzenje will be filmed in Tirana, Albania on the 15th of December. In conjunction with the filming of a special episode, a promotional event will be held for the 6th Season.
Organised by the Navarino Network and the Kaliopi Skoufa Foundation, the event will host academics, civil society representatives and policy-makers from across the region. The CDRSEE, represented by its Development Officer Ms Ruth Sutton, will participate in one of the three grand panels.
“History teaching can play two opposing roles. On the one hand it can contribute to the reproduction of conflict if it hushes up the dark sides of the past, by propagating a one-sided teaching of the controversial dramatic events. On the other hand, history teaching can be used as a tool for healing traumas and overcoming painful memories” argued Professor Christina Koulouri, Chair of the History Education Committee of the Joint History Project.
Getting people to talk and listen to each other is often no easy task.
The production team of ‘Okruzenje/Vicinities’ is back in the studio for the recording of the last episodes of Season 6. The carefully selected thought-provoking topics are expected to prompt new memorable debates that will enlighten the show’s audience by offering fresh insights into the questions addressed.
This time our guests will grapple with everyday issues such as: “How to consume history”, “Does a Balkan entrepreneurial spirit exist?”, “The cost of labour in the Balkans”, and “Going digital”.