Edu­ca­tion, mem­o­ry and dig­i­tal soci­ety

A project for his­tor­i­cal-polit­i­cal edu­ca­tion in Poland and Ger­many

iRights.Lab is look­ing for inno­v­a­tive actors, orga­ni­za­tions and for­mats to be be involved with a new pro­gram fund­ed by the Foun­da­tion for Remem­brance, Respon­si­bil­i­ty and Future (EVZ) in Poland and Ger­many.

The ways in which the peri­od of Nation­al Social­ism and the Sec­ond World War is remem­bered in Poland and Ger­many are chang­ing and shift­ing slow­ly but unmis­tak­ably. This is revealed by his­tor­i­cal and con­tem­po­rary social events and devel­op­ments on both sides of the Oder. Var­i­ous actors have proven them­selves repeat­ed­ly will­ing to instru­men­tal­ize pre­cise­ly this epoch of Ger­man-Pol­ish and Euro­pean his­to­ry for their own polit­i­cal pur­pos­es.

For this rea­son, the gen­er­al pub­lic in both coun­tries must be increas­ing­ly involved in bilat­er­al memo­r­i­al pol­i­cy work. New tar­get groups must also be tapped. Research con­duct­ed by iRights.Lab clear­ly shows that the dig­i­tal knowl­edge trans­fer of his­tor­i­cal con­texts offers unique oppor­tu­ni­ties to devel­op and expand cross-bor­der edu­ca­tion­al con­cepts.

Togeth­er with the EVZ Foun­da­tion, iRights.Lab aims to cre­ate a dig­i­tal polit­i­cal map togeth­er with other actors, orga­ni­za­tions and insti­tu­tions. The focus is on the pos­si­bil­i­ties for pre­serv­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge using dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies. This strate­gic analy­sis is intend­ed as an impor­tant step towards the future of his­tor­i­cal-polit­i­cal edu­ca­tion.