„Expose the objects, recover them, make them speak – that is the path of archaeology proposed here. (…) The world is viewed and readable through the history of things, through the analysis of signs and forms of transport, places and routines (…).Karl Schloegel (2017). The Soviet century, p. 21
„Eastern Europe“ refers to the eastern part of Europe neighbouring Central Europe. In Western Europe, the term used until 1989 was usually „Eastern Bloc“ due to the influence of the Soviet Union. Because of the numerous differences in the respective regions, a distinction is today made between Southern, Central and Eastern Europe. The project of the eastward extension of the EU since the 1990s was intended to put an end to the Cold War and expand the ‚area of freedom, security and justice‘. The states provide a geostrategic buffer to the east and south-east and form new markets for the expansion of Western European capital.
The countries of the South Caucasus are more diverse than almost any other region in the world. This applies to the natural geographical framework, history, culture, political action and economic potential and borders. The Caucasus, if you add the North Caucasus, is situated on the periphery as well as in the centre of world politics. To see Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan as a unit in the concept of the South Caucasus only serves the purpose of simplification, in reality, the differences are enormous.
For Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan, 1991 was not an opportunity for a fundamentally new beginning. Although the political elites postulated a „rebirth“, Soviet traditions continued to have an effect as a result of decades of Soviet cultural and economic policy. All states have gone through complicated processes of identity formation. Tajikistan was the only state to fall into a painful civil war. In all states, ethnic-national designs to stabilize society and consolidate authority play an important role.
The project #SpacesandPractises via @doinggeography explores in various regions the question of how people shape space as a social reality. This is primarily concerned with spaces where there are conflicts of interpretation. These arise from the fact that different groups compete for the sovereignty of interpretation over the space. In other words, they want to determine how all subjects and objects that appear in it are to be understood.
The aim here is to follow the traces in space, to sift through them, and also to secure the legacies of past generations. The findings that are brought to light, captured in photographs and stories, are to be put together in a mosaic, which is commonly referred to as history.
Museums are spaces within which the outside world is presented. These representations are productions of the other or foreign in so far as we imagine, with the help of the exhibited, what the temporally or spatially distant looks or has looked like.