Retrospect on the History Camp in Tbilisi, Georgia in October 2016
From 2 – 8 October 2016, 24 young people from 16 nations gathered in Tbilisi, Georgia, to discuss and reflect over the concepts of nationality, identity and Europe. The young Europeans are prize winners of national history competitions of the EUSTORY network. They explored the Georgian capital Tbilisi during the History Camp »United or Divided in Diversity? National Identities in Europe«. They debated the concept of identity and what it means to them.
„My personal identity consists of my values, the past of my nation, our traditions and beliefs – it´s related to history.”
„My identity is my family and my education, my nation and its culture and finally my principles.”
„I think that my personal identity is based on where I come from, on my roots or my family and friends. Identity is shaped and changing over the time and especially by the people that surround you.”
„I have a national identity which is mostly emotional, but there is also my liberal identity which is based on my belief in social and cultural equality. ”
„My identity isn´t a static thing. It´s always changing and trips like this History Camp contribute to it and my awareness of what identity is composed of. By witnessing the differences between people, you become aware of the similarities. I believe in national identity and its importance, but I believe in unity and tolerance even more.”
„When I am in Berlin, I feel like someone from my home town, a Stuttgarter. When I am in Paris, I feel like a German. When I am in Peking, I feel like a Westerner. My identity is a mosaic and the context determines which piece you can see. ”
Cara Sophie, Germany
Yordan Danchev, Bulgaria
Sabina, Czech Republic
Jiri, Czech Republic
Watch the video and get an insight into the History Camp in Georgia
The Closing Ceremony took place at the Georgian National Museum. The participants presented the results of their national competition entries and talked about their experiences during the seminar. Here you can read more about the competition entries of the participants. Just click through their posters…
EUSTORY’s History Camp in Georgia was organised in cooperation with DVV International, the Institute for International Cooperation of the Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband e.V.