Call for Applications

#30PostSovietYears | Phantom Pasts or Everyday Present?



Do you live in a place or family where you encounter remnants of the socialist past? Do they catch your eye at the bus stop you wait at, in the house you live in, or on the streets you walk down every day? To what extent do they correspond with the present and your identity – what do they mean to you? Thirty years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and socialist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe, this digital programme invites you, young people with a biographical link to these regions, to reflect on your affiliations with the past both theoretically and practically.

During the interactive sessions, you will explore how the USSR and the periods of Soviet and East European socialism(s) are remembered in different countries. Why do memory politics and cultures of remembrance of the socialist period radically differ in various regions, and what does this tell us about historical justice, contemporary politics, and visions of the future? To what extent do these historical narratives reflect the identities of the postsocialist generation? You will find out how these differences in legacies and identities materialise in urban landscapes across the post-socialist space by employing different sensory tools to creatively capture your relationship to the physical and mental traces of the past.

Equipped with a phone camera, a sound recorder, and your own senses, you will stroll through urban landscapes and capture material objects and stories tied to the socialist past. Together, you will create a multimedia zine visualising the interplay between past and present in various post-socialist localities

  • Moderators: Lilit Dabagian, Kyrgyzstan David Leupold, Germany
  • When? 18 August to 2 October 2021 (8 sessions of max. 3-4 hours on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays)
  • Who? 40 participants aged 18-24 years with personal ties to the postsocialist or post Soviet-space 3
  • Where? Online
  • Final Product: A digital multimedia zine with street photographs, soundscapes, video clips, personal stories and fragmentary dialogues
  • Please Note: In between sessions, the participants are asked to complete individual tasks autonomously.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for the digital programme »#30PostSovietYears: Phantom Pasts or Everyday Present?«?

Young people from the networks of Körber Stiftung, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) are invited to apply. Participants have to be between 18 and 24 years old at the time of the programme and must have good English language skills in order to be able to participate.

How do I apply?

Until 31 July apply HERE (Application Code: 30PSY-ZOiS). At the end of July we will inform you via email whether your application was successful.

If you have any questions regarding the application procedure, please contact eustory(at)koerber-stiftung(dot)de. See also the Infosheet Application Procedure below.

What do I need to participate?

You will need internet access and a computer, tablet or mobile phone (a bigger screen than a phone is recommended). As a major part of the project consists of taking photographs, soundscapes and/or video-snippets, please make sure you have access to a proper mobile phone or a camera and microphone to take shots and recordings of good quality.

How are the participants selected?

In cooperation with the programmes‘ moderators, the organisers will select the best fitting candidates. Your language proficiency and motivation are just as important as your personality. We also try to select candidates representing a wide range of post-socialist/post-Soviet countries.

What happens if I confirmed my participation but I am not able to participate?

Once confirmed, your participation in the digital programme is binding and your attendance is obligatory. A later cancellation will only be possible under certain circumstances and we reserve the right to charge you a cancellation fee if we cannot fill your space (cf. »Terms and Conditions« on page 8).

How much time does a participation in a digital programme require?

We designed the digital programme in a way it can be integrated into your daily school- and university routine, meaning the sessions will take place once to twice a week, predominantly in the late afternoons and/or on Saturdays. As we have to cope with different time zones, we are asking all participants to be as flexible as possible when the time slots for joint video sessions will be determined. You should expect a workload of 3-6 hours per week for the entire duration of the programme.

Will there be any costs?

Participation in the digital programme is free of charge. However, we may charge a compensation fee if you withdraw from your participation at a later stage. For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.