20-27 March 2018
From 20 to 27 March the second part of the European Academy was held in St. Petersburg. It was organized for the sixth time by the Center of German and European Studies together with the European Academy Otzenhausen and Universities of Bielefeld, Würzburg and Koblenz-Landau. This year the Academy was devoted to the topic of historical memory and memory culture in Germany / EU and Russia. 18 students and 4 teachers from Germany, as well as about 10 students of St. Petersburg State University took part in the program.
The program included lectures by professors of St. Petersburg State University on current development of the Russian economy, social stratification, domestic and foreign policy, as well as excursions, meetings with different people, thematic walks around St. Petersburg to study historical memory and public spaces.
As a result, seven German-Russian groups of students studied and prepared presentations on different topics related to the historical memory of different periods of Russian history. The presentations turned out vivid and rich, and caused a serious and sincere discussion among the participants and guests.
The participants also took part in a public discussion about the vision of Russia from Germany in the Duck Bar, where there were a lot of opportunities also for the informal talks among both German guests and residents of St. Petersburg.
The Spring Academy received enthusiastic and positive feed-back from the participants. A competition among students of St. Petersburg State University to participate in the Academy 2018-2019, in which they will go to Germany in July 2018, and German students will arrive to St. Petersburg in March 2019, will be announced soon. Follow the announcements!