Images of Europe in Transition

This project explores how ‘Europe’ has been seen in the past and is seen today in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. What notions of Europe exist? How have they changed over time? To what extent do they compete or converge with ideas of Europe in other countries? These and similar questions are as central to Europe’s self-image as to the countries of the Eastern Partnership, which have been in the process of redefining their place in Europe since the Perestroika era.

The different notions of Europe are distilled from national textbooks, since these define images of the self and others in a clear and binding way over multiple generations.

At the core of this project is an international conference on ‘Images of Europe in Transition’ (programme), which the GEI will host in cooperation with institutions from countries of the Eastern Partnership from 25 to 26 November 2016 in Kiev. Participants will include textbook researchers, historians, education practitioners and civil society representatives from Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia.

Attendees will come together to discuss identity constructs, pluralism and values, looking at conflict potentials in textbooks and the role of textbook negotiations in building understanding and dialogue. In order to ensure a broad dissemination of the conference results, we will publish the contributions online in an English-language edited volume.

This project also includes six supervised, one-month stipends. During a research stay at the GEI, young scholars from the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Serhiy Konyukhov/Ukraine, Nodar Shoshiashvili/Georgia, Andrei Antonoy/Moldova, Denis Larionoy/Belarus, Dr. M. Zolyan/Armenia) have the opportunity to advance their careers by becoming part of an international academic exchange in the areas of Europe, textbook research and textbook negotiations.


  • April to December 2016

Project Coordinator

Project Contributor


  • All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History and Social Studies ‘Nova Doba
  • Georgian Association of History Educators (GAHE)
  • History Department, Ion Creangă Pedagogical State University, Moldova
  • Members of the Historical Faculty, Belarusian State University
  • Armenian-Azerbaijani organization ‘Imagine – Center for Conflict Transformation’
  • Department of Political Science, University of Rzeszów, Poland


  • German Federal Foreign Office


Marcin Wiatr

Knowledge in Transition

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