Launch of "CBEES State of the Region Report 2020"
Right on the dawn of the new promising year 2021, we would like to introduce you to a new publication - a comparative study on memory management in the Baltic- and East European Region. The report CBEES State of the Region Report 2020: Constructions and Instrumentalization of the Past.
A Comparative Study on Memory Management in the Region is the first in a series of annual reports, reporting and reflecting on the Baltic Sea Region and Central and Eastern Europe's social and political developments, each year from a new and topical perspective.
This report is written by 20 researchers and area experts, from within and outside of Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden.
The CBEES State of the Region Report 2020 reveals disturbing tendencies to control and politicize the past in several countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The report also documents the great extent to which authoritarian and authoritarian-leaning governments actively intervene in how crucial parts of their country's history are to be written, taught, researched, remembered, and commemorated – or neglected and ignored.
Furthermore, the report discusses the failure of some governments to deal with restitution for past injustices, and the way some politicians forbid access to essential state archives, hinder the teaching of the history of contemporary events, or withdraw funding to or even close down independent research institutions altogether.
This initiative's overall purpose is to offer a publication that will be of great interest to fellow researchers, policymakers, stakeholders, and the general public.
January 28, 2021, at 13:30 (Swedish time), there will be an online launch of the publication and a discussion of it with contributing authors and the editorial team.
Meeting ID: 610 5036 8624
This report was published with generous support from The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies (Östersjöstiftelsen).