The third issue of Visegrad Insight “My Hero, Your Enemy” is devoted to history teaching in the region.
Read more on the Visegrad Insight webpage.
The topic in question is discussed by renowned academics, writers, intellectuals and diplomats, including: Péter Balázs (Central European University Professor, former Foreign Affairs Minister of Hungary and former EU Commissioner), Paweł Ukielski (Deputy Director of the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising), Mária Schmidt (Director of Terror Háza, Budapest), Oldřich Tůma (Czech Academy of Sciences), Juraj Marušiak (Slovak Academy of Sciences), Petr Vágner (former Executive Director of the International Visegrad Fund), and Krzysztof Varga, Pavol Rankov and Viktor Horváth (writers).
Moreover, in this issue readers will find the following discussions:
● The impact of the economic crisis on media ownership in Central Europe by Václav Štětka from Oxford University;
● Consideration of the new policy of Russia toward the Visegrad Group by Jana Kobzová, European Council on Foreign Relations;
● Evaluation of the Polish presidency of the V4 by Mateusz Gniazdowski, Centre for Eastern Studies,
● Who defines what constitutes Central European art by Piotr Kosiewski;
● Reportage on abandoned soviet barracks in the region by János Deme;
● The late Jan Balabán’s unpublished short stories;
and many other interesting pieces of analysis, opinion and essays.
Survey: Oldřich Tůma, Mária Schmidt, Juraj Marušiak, Gábor Gyáni, Paweł Ukielski on the role of teaching history and the politics of memory play in the region
My Hero Your Enemy. Interview with Peter Vágner by Wojciech Przybylski
Peter Vágner explains public role of history research and debate in Central Europe.
We Are the Stories We Tell. Historical Conciliation of Ethnic Tensions in Central Europe by Dagmar Kusá
Analysis by a Slovak expert on theory and practice of conflict resolution.
Exploring History – Towards a Common Visegrad Image. Piotr Bajda asks what is required to build a reliable historical image of the region.
Think Tank Watch
Response of Think Tanks to Visegrad Challenges by Tomáš Strážay
View on challenges and constraints that analytical groups have to face today from Think Visegrad coordinator.
Economy and Business
Rise of the Tycoons. Václav Štětka from Oxford University on economic crisis and changing media ownership in Central Europe.
Exhibitions Are Not Spectator Sports. Can history be good business? We explore a new niche of business called “museum outsourcing” in interview with Łukasz Wróbel by Martin Ehl.
New Dilemmas About Textbooks by Wojciech Przybylski
Digital textbooks mark the beginnings of a new age in history teaching. Wojciech Przybylski ponders what challenges such developments will ultimately pose.
History Beyond Nations. Interview with Péter Balázs by Wojciech Przybylski
How researchers from Center for EU Enlargement Studies look at units larger than nations.
Neighbors and Shadows. Pavel Rankov in discussion with Viktor Horváth and Krzysztof Varga.
Three prominent Central European writers discuss prejudices about neighbors focusing on the traumas from the beginning of the twentieth century.
History Education and Regime Change: The Case of Slovak History Textbooks by Slavka Otcenasova
A History Lesson for Good Pupils by Tamás Gomperz
A Hungarian journalist and a Slovak researcher investigate the nature of history teaching in their respective countries.
The Ghost of Judeopolonia, or the Non-Existent Eastern European Confederation by Zoltán Halasi
Literary excursion into an unfulfilled intellectual project.
Poland’s Presidency in the Visegrad Group: More Than an Eastern Element by Mateusz Gniazdowski
Should Central Europe Worry About Putin’s Return To The Kremlin? by Janá Kobzová
The Art of Remembrance. Artistic Strategies to Remember the Roma Holocaust by Anna Lujza Szász
Insightful commentary about the public memory on the genocide of the Roma in the Holocaust.
Dead Ends of the Socialist Arms Race. Abandoned Soviet Barracks in Eastern Europe by János Deme
Remembering the City. A Guide Through the Past of Košice by István Kollai
Cities actually do travel or at least they have changed their geopolitical situation in Central Europe. An introduction to one of many fascinating projects of the Terra Recognita Foundation
First step toward hope. Introduction to Jan Balabán’s prose by Petr Hruška
Eye to Eye by Jan Balabán
Lost in Translation by Jane deLynn
Arts – Looking back
The other (?) Europe. Piotr Kosiewski on what Central European art actually is and how and where it is defined
Theatrical Encounters between Poland and Hungary by Judit Barta
Opportunities and Announcements
Future of the Fund. Interview with Karla Wursterová by Jiří Sýkora and Natalia Kierczak
A Different Country by Marcin Król. Reflexion on tensions that democracy has brought to history studies in Central Europe from prominent Polish philosopher and historian.