It seems Europe is undergoing a transformation process driven by two contradictory scenarios for executing political power. On the one hand one observes a messianic, often macho-like approach, including the revival of the “nation” as an exclusive collective, based on mythical, common ethnicity. On the other hand, there is a wide grass-root activism merging into municipalism and into so called feminisation of politics, acting beyond national states.
However, for many people in Europe an exclusive collective memory and a feeling of belonging to a “nation” plays a key role within their self-understanding. For a number of regions this type of perception goes along with the victimisation of the collective self: the world outside the respective collective appears hostile and is identified as consisting of (potential) perpetrators. What needs are expressed by this type of self-understanding? How can we narrate the past to encounter these needs and offer an alternative approach?
The workshop aims to take a closer look at experiences of the people of Poland, Spain and Germany. It is designed as a platform for exchanging experiences and trigger a debate among all participants.