The project draws on the research traditions of autobiography, autoethnography, and collective biography, as well as art representations of childhood memories through visual arts, performance art, including drama, and traveling exhibitions. It builds an anarchive of memories that continually recreates itself, inciting experimentation, responding to continuously changing experiences of the communities, and fostering multiple, even panoramic viewpoints about diverse identities, cultures, and histories as experienced during and after the Cold War. The project extends its reach beyond the walls of academia and art. It seeks to engage ordinary people – from both sides of the former Iron Curtain and the new borders and walls. During the process of collaboratively (re)collecting and ‘working through’ memories, participants and the public actively reconcile past and present with the tensions built up over decades, while they (re)connect across divisions and move towards a shared humanity.

Project leaders:

Zsuzsa Millei

Nelli Piattoeva

Iveta Silova

Research assistant:

Ioana Țîștea

Our close collaborators are:

Professor Erica Burman, The University of Manchester, UK

Professor Kathrin Hörschelmann, Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde, Leipzig, Germany

Professor Madina Tlostanova, Linköping University, Sweden

Professor Inés Dussel, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico

Associate Professor Susanne Gannon, Western Sydney University, Australia

Lenin Museum, Tampere: Jaskari, Ulla; Heinimaa, Mia; Rohunen, Ulla

Dollardaddy Theatre Group, Hungary: Ördög Tamás, Biro Bence, Kiss-Végh Emőke