Imaginary escape during Chilean dictatorship

I was born in Chile, a country where between 1970 and 1973 there was an elected socialist government. This kind of regime was a novelty because until then, all socialist countries had come to power through violent means and many of them became totalitarian societies controlling their populations’ most intimate practices. It was through such violence that the democratically-elected socialist government of Chile was overthrown. The coup d’état of Tuesday, September 11, 1973 (Chilean 9/11) established a dictatorship led by…

From another planet: Childhood experiences of foreignness in communist Romania

Written by Mihaela Enache Mihaela has worked in the education field for more than three decades, as a teacher in the early childhood and primary sectors, as well as a lecturer and a professional learning facilitator. At present, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland. Having immigrated to New Zealand in 2001, she found a passion in culture and diversity studies, teacher identity and volunteer work in the community. She is actively involved with the Romanian community…

Un/Doing Collective Biography

In September and October 2019, our memory workshops ran across 4 sites - Berlin, Riga, Helsinki and Mexico City. We were excited to meet participants in person after getting to know everyone a little bit through online workshops and our online workspace on Slack. Alongside generating memory stories through sharing, discussion and writing, we also incorporated site-specific arts-based experiments and visits to exhibitions and theater. We decided to use collective biography (Davies and Gannon, 2006) as a methodology to produce…

Invitation to participate in memory workshop for Re-Connect / Re-Collect

Invitation to participate in Re-Connect / Re-Collect: Crossing the Divides through Memories of Cold War Childhoods* funded by KONE Foundation, Finland** Project team (link) *Twitter: @CrossDivides Facebook: @memoriesofsocialistchildhood "Crossing Divides" by glenasena is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Did you grow up during the Cold War, on either side of the divides, or have you experienced (post)socialist society during childhood? Would you be willing to share your childhood memories? If so, we would like to invite you to participate in…

Low Carbon Statement

"Reduce carbon emission" by vishwaant avk is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Academic practices are carbon producing activities that contribute greatly to climate change, especially if travel is considered. But conscious efforts to reduce carbon emission in research projects are still rare. Climate change has serious consequences for all of us, but most often affects poorer communities in postcolonial and postsocialist spaces. Researching in and about these spaces in our project, Re-Connect / Re-Collect: Crossing the Divides through Memories of…

From Einstein to Lenin

By Katerina Bodovski Last summer I gave a talk at the University of Oxford, sharing my work on the comparison of childhood and education between Russia and the US. My husband and I decided to prolong our European stay and spent a week in Switzerland. We were sitting inside a small cafe in Bern named “Einstein” on a warm day in late June. Suddenly we heard a female voice coming from the street, saying in a very loud Russian: “Renowned physicist…