The European History Forum is an initiative by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and its Russian partner, the Scientific Information Center Memorial, which aims at offering young historians, museum, media, and NGO activists from East, South East, and West Europe a space to reflect and exchange. Thus, a pan-European discourse on memoryculture and history politics is promoted. The forum is open to all who professionally, voluntarily, or privately investigate the history of the 20th century history from a critical perspective.
Debating the totalitarian part of a country’s history is a precondition to shape the transition process dedicated to democratic values. To help overcome these legacies of the past, the Heinrich Boell Foundation South Caucasus Regional Office (HBF) has a new initiative to develop new projects on rethinking the Soviet Past. To set up the projects, the HBF and partners are drawing on international expertise, in both coming to terms with a dictatorial past and in engaging the public with such difficult questions.
(ongoing porject) In 2018-2020 the goal of the cooperation between hbs South Caucasus and Soviet Past Research Laboratory is to strengthen SOVLAB institutionally and support sustainable development of educational and research resources that are focused on the critical rethinking of the Soviet period.
(pilot project) In 2017 the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation will support institutional development of the Soviet Past Research Laboratory (SOVLAB). Goal of the pilot project is to promote issues related to Georgia’s Soviet past through mobilizing SovLab's resources.
On November 8, 2017, within the frameworks of the public debates project, the South Caucasus Regional Office of the Heinrich Boell Foundation organized public discussion on the following topic: “After the Empire: Russia’s Revolutions of 1917 and the political project of Georgia”.