what is it?
laboratory of identity
THE MAIN AIM OF PROJECT
Youth and future generation involvement becomes a more and more prominent issue for the Baltic Sea Region politics, development and identity. In response to this challenge the Young People Network for Balticness (YoPeNET) aims at establishing long-term cooperation among partners in the Baltic Sea region, with the purpose of educating and supporting the voice of young people in the critical dialogue concerning history, cultural heritage, regional identity and the future of the Baltic Sea Region.
PROJECT FUNDED THROUGH PROJECT SUPPORT FACILITY (PSF) OF THE COUNCIL OF THE BALTIC SEA STATES.
First, the YoPeNET project aims at establishing long-term cooperation among partners in the region, with the purpose of educating and supporting the voice of young people in a critical dialogue on the cultural memory and historical heritage as components of BSR identity. In order to achieve this goal, the project consortium will innovate and expand on the existing regional summer school formats through inclouding participation of secondary and tertiary level students
The YoPeNET gives a chance for communication and exchange with the broadest possible involvement of the young people, like webinars, on-line and on-site meetings. Particular attention is paid to designing a strategy for continual summer school series for the secondary and tertiary level students, with an aim to build both virtual and real spaces for education and peer-to-peer learning activities.
After 1989, the Baltic Sea region (BSR) became a space for the reconfiguration of national identities in an increasingly transnational setting. More than in previous decades it has become a kind of a contact zone and sometimes is conceived of as a laboratory for the postnational forging of identities (Olesen 2012). However, the past of the area is perhaps most concisely encapsulated in the observation that “throughout history, the Baltic has been a sea of conflicts and dividing lines” (Stråth 2000: 199). This has a long-lasting bearing on the cultural memories in the region nurtured by peoples and states in the Baltic Sea area. The situation has made it utterly difficult to conceive of a common identification framework – Balticness – that could become a regional marker of identity in the future.
The partnership enables to bridge the East-West gap among the young people through dialogue with partners in Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Sweden and Poland. All partners have experience with intergenerational dialogue between secondary and tertiary level students.
Dr. Marta Grzechnik
university of gdańsk
Dr. Magdalena Muszel
Dr. Aleksander Drost
Lizaveta Dubinka-Hushcha, PhD
Prof. Joakim Ekman
Project Coordinator :
Dr. Marta Grzechnik