About This Project
OPEN EUROPEAN SOCIETIES
Duration November 2018- May 2020
The “OPEN EUROPEAN SOCIETIES” project aims to foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding as well as to combat the stigmatisation of immigrants and refugees. For this reason, it is deemed necessary to raise awareness on the migration History of Europe, giving evidence to long history of migration in Europe which arose from the aftermath of different wars and conflicts, the need for labour force and aiding the demographic problem in Europe.
Taking into account the sociopolitical reality in Europe, being very much influenced by the migrant and refugee crisis, as well as the rise of populism, exacerbation of xenophobia, religious intolerance and discrimination and the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment, the Project involves activities that seek to encourage democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level, raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values, foster intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding and combatting the stigmatization of migrants and minority groups.
Starting with a research on the migration History of the partners’ countries where all partners are going to use different sources; bibliography, articles, archives and video documentaries, the Project seeks to explore the impact of Migration on different European societies in the 20th century. Transnational and local workshops encourage native citizens and third-country nationals to interact culturally with each other and express their ideas through different forms of art. Study-visits to migration and refugee centres, historical archives and history museums, raise awareness of different European countries’ migration policies and their migration History respectively.
Local and transnational campaigns against Hate Speech, aim to humanize refugess and migrants who by many are seen as threat to their countries’ peace, culture, identity and economy. In addition, round-table discussions with social anthropologists, sociologists, researchers and historians where European citizens will be invited to attend and participate actively in, are planned to take place aiming to give evidence to the fact that migration has brought many positive effects on the European societies throughout History.
Theatre performances and films which showcase the stories of migrants from the past and the present, as well as photo and art exhibitions encourage citizens and third country nationals to discover the circular and perpetual phenomenon of migration and its impact on the modern European societies.
All partners will video record stories of people who experienced migration in the past, and of people who have migrated recently in the countries of the partners with the aim of bringing together migrants and refugees from different generations, cultures and nations and foster intercultural and intergenerational dialogue manifesting the similarities and differences they might have.
The planned transnational meetings and events aim to bring the representatives of the project partners together in order to discuss the progress of their work, the methods and tools they use to implement the activities and the impact of their activities. Moreover, the public events invite citizens and international participants to join cultural and art activities that promote the aims of the project adding an even more pronounced European dimension of the project.
- Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. – Dresden, Germany – Coordinator
- Municipality of Dresden – Germany
- Memorare Pacem e.V. – Dresden, Germany
- Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
- AddArt NGO – Thessaloniki, Greece
- Aarhus University, Denmark
- European Reminiscence Network – London, United Kingdom
- Pro Progressione Kulturalis – Budapest, Hungary
- Institute pro regionalni rozvoj – Prague, Czech Republic
- Transplanisphere – Paris, France
- Association Center for Intercultural Dialogue – Kumanovo, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia