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History Workshop Experiment: Back in the 1950s

Hybrid (in person and on Zoom), August 31, 2021, 10.30-13.30 (Romanian time, in English)

The workshop is focused on historical thinking and the art of storytelling. Few days before the workshop all participants will receive access to a set of textual, visual, and audio archival sources created in Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, and the Soviet Union in the 1950s. The workshop’s special focus is on radio broadcasting in the early Cold War years. The participants are invited to reflect upon the degree of reliability regarding the obtainable information Cold War actors like Radio Free Europe or underground networks were operating with. What kind of consequences can this epistemic uncertainty entail? The workshop introduces key skills that each historian develops analysing primary sources and thinking about the past. Contextualizing information, drawing the significance of a specific story, and reflecting on causality to explain past events are all parts of the historian’s craft. All participants in the workshop will familiarize with these skills telling a story which happened long ago and is still significant today.

If you want to participate in the workshop, please send us a short email (georgi.georgiev@icf-fri.org) and you will receive access to all required materials.

INSTRUCTORS

Georgi Georgiev, Ph.D. Candidate

Anna Eva Grutza

Departments/units: Summer School 2021; Educational Programs Department; Research Department, Policy and Outreach Department, The Research Club

Regions: Central and Eastern Europe

Topics: History, Communism and Totalitarianism

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