European Network Remembrance and Solidarity is launching a recruitment process for an ongoing educational project called In Between?, which aims to encourage the young generation of Europeans to explore 20th-century history by speaking with those who lived it. Participants are given a unique opportunity to gain theoretical and practical experience in documenting oral stories.
This time, participants will travel to Berlin, Mostar, Vojvodina and the Polish-Lithuanian borderland in July, and to the Prespa Lakes region, the Albanian-Montenegrin borderland, the Hungarian-Romanian borderland and the Spanish-French borderland in September. The call for applications closes on 8 May 2017 for the Summer Edition and 17 July 2017 for the Autumn Edition.
The call is open to all candidates age 18-25, including students and freelancers representing various areas of interest that may include history, cultural anthropology, sociology and audiovisual arts, among others. After being selected, they will take part in interdisciplinary workshops (Summer Edition: 1-5 July , Autumn Edition: 13-17 September) and study visits (Summer Edition: 6-13 July, Autumn Edition: 18-25 September).
After 4-day workshops in Warsaw participants will have learned the theoretical basics of interview methodology, digital video-camera operation, photography, digitalisation of visual materials, archiving and historical context. Then, they will be divided into groups of six to travel to border towns and other localities for seven days. During their stay they will conduct and document interviews with local inhabitants. Recollections, sound and video recordings, photographs, letters as well as scanned documents and other items reflecting the daily life of the communities will constitute a basis for building accounts of their travel that will be shared with historical institutions and local archives, including the National Digital Archive and the Virtual Shtetl (Museum of the History of Polish Jews).
Recorded on family photographs and stories, collected documentary material reflecting the past of the eight European regions – with their cultural and historical complexities – will become the theme of a project closing conference. The event to be held in Berlin in December 2017 will feature debates with cultural anthropologists, historians and oral history researchers.
Factors to be considered in the recruitment process include a candidate’s motivation to participate in the project, openness and readiness to cooperate. Knowledge of English and one of the languages spoken in a selected region is a must.
To obtain the application form, The Rules Governing the Recruitment of Participants and any further information please visit: www.enrs.eu/inbetween or contact Ms Karolina Dziełak, In Between? Project Coordinator (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and telephone: 0048 22 395 7610).