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Forum for Applied history; current education: MA Cultural policy and management: Interculturalism and mediation in the Balkans (University of Arts Belgrade and Université Lyon 2, UNSCO chair)
Exhibition about Yugoslavian actor Bekim Fehmiu is a testimony of exceptional ethical, intellectual and humanistic attitudes that overcome the limitations of national cultures and borders. Bekim’s categorical refusal to belong to any national camp during the recent wars in the Balkans suggests different understanding of the issues of personal identity and belonging, but also points out the cultural unity of the Balkans, and the possibility of creating different and more positive relations in the region.The project A visit to Staro sajmište involved education about the crimes of fascism but also education regarding current policies and practices of remembering of World War II.
Through its activities FAH continue to encourage historical learning and public discourse about controversial, hidden or suppressed events in the past with the goal to enable all members of society to actively participate in the creation of a “history from below”
The historical interpretations of the events which marked the 20th century in Balcans and the politics and practisies of remembrance are a frequent subject of political manipulation or a complete oblivion. Cultural policy (although there is no official state document regarding cultural policy, its framework is indicated by everyday practice) in Serbia but also in other countries in the region is torn between politics of preserving cultural identity that is based on the concept of nationality on the one side and neoliberal discourse on the other. In such circumstances policies and practices of remembrance are only defined within the concept of national identity.