Alenka Mauko Pranjic
Slovenian national building and civil engineering institute (ZAG)
The area known as the Western Balkans has always been a crossroads of different cultures, nations, ethnic groups and religions. In order to further integrate this region into the European area, the Western Balkans must overcome certain (un)conscious divisions. An example of such a division, which hinders progress and collective prosperity, is the so-called "Slovenian split" which has its roots in the Second World War and the post-war killings of quisling troops and their supporters.
From the wider point of view, we will address the split which exists between and inside communities, which prevents the greater prosperity of individual human beings and of society as whole. On the level of the project, we will address the discordance of the Slovenian nation, which is externally materialized in the neglect shown for numerous memorials and monuments, while also being characterized by internal strife, mourning, guilt, and incapability to integrate past events and move forward.
A deeper awareness about the meaning of past events and better dialogue, which could move the nation forwards towards better spiritual growth, well-being and prosperity. This, as well as the development of new interdisciplinary tools, will act as a model for reconciliation in the wider region, so that the Western Balkans can become a more important player in European Society. The strength of Europe lies in its diversity, and former ex-Yugoslavian countries know this well.
Through the restoration of historical memory, through the listing and evaluation of abandoned World War Two and post-war monuments in Slovenia, and through the organizing of three international workshops at selected sites, which will aim at establishing new supportive solutions for social well-being. A data-base listing war and post-war memorials will be established by ZAG, IPCHS, and UNG. The workshops will be organized with the support of Ellen Frank Illumination Arts Foundation and the Slovenian Association of Analytical Psychology. Experts from different fields of research, as well as artists, local habitants, and NGOs will be invited to these workshops which would enable the integration of collective memories in a more constructive way.
The general public
Experts in individual research areas working on peace promotion, material restoration, art, history, and political sciences.
Its multidisciplinary approach. Connecting material memory with immaterial memory. Using past tragic experience for reconciliation according to the concept of an archetypical wounded healer. Joining together material science, art, and psychology for the enhancement of dialogue and the promotion of peace.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Material for workshops (15 000 EUR), renting premises near sites (6 000 EUR), travel and accommodation costs including participant costs (20 000 EUR), personnel costs (27 000 EUR), material for publication and proofreading costs (7 000 EUR).