Conference about World War I

Conference about World War I
Episode from „1914. The last days of the world before its destruction”
11-11-2013 A+ A-
International forum ”The turning point - before and after WWI. History and nowadays. Latvia and Europe." will be held at „Splendid Palace” on November 12. Such issues as the changing paradigm of relationships between the human thought and the political authorities since WWI will be discussed. The conference will be available online here. Starting from Wednesdey, November 13, panel discussions will be available in our video archive.

Programme of forum

09:00 Registration and morning coffee Versaļas zāle (Versailles Room)

09.30 Forum Opening Lielajā zāle (Main auditorium)

Welcome address by Diāna Čivle, Head of the Rīga 2014 Foundation

Introductory address by Gints Grūbe, member of the Rīga 2014 Foundation Artistic Council, Curator of the Brīvibas iela (Freedom Street) chapter

09:40 Panel Discussion I: Events that changed the course of history. The world that disappeared because of World War I

Moderator: Pauls Raudseps


--- Ēriks Jēkabsons PhD (hist): World War I: what we know, have forgotten and never knew

--- Max Arthur (historian and author of Forgotten Voices of the Great War)

10:45 Panel Discussion II: The Second Life of a World War I symbol. The fate of the Zeppelin in Rīga and Europe

Moderator: Gints Grūbe


--- Dr. Ursula Zeller, Director, Zeppelin Museum

--- Prof. Daina Teters PhD: Playing power games with names. How Brīvības iela (Freedom Street) changed its name

--- Ineta Lipša PhD (hist): In the Rīga Central Market social space: notes on the 20th century

12:00 21st Century LUNCH BREAK Splendid Palace

13:00 Panel Discussion III: Post scriptum WWI – the major changes to the European/world map, to relationships between countries and in people's minds. For the Balts, did World War I actually end in 1991?

Moderator: Eduards Liniņš


--- Imants Lancmanis PhD (hab): How World War I scarred Latvia’s architecture, art, culture

--- PhD Irvo Juurvee Institute of History and Archaeology of University of Tartu:

     Remarks on WWI Legacy and its Influence in Tallinn

--- Rihards Pētersons MA: History of the KGB building

14:00 Panel Discussion IV: The voices of the countries founded after World War I on Europe’s ‘modernity’ – the contemporary concept of Europe versus that which prevailed at the turn of 1913/1914

Moderator: Nele Hertling (Soul for Europe / Vice-president, Berlin Akademie der Kunste)


--- Markku Jokisipila PhD (soc), Director, Baltic Sea Region Study Centre, Turku University: From Russian empire to integrated Europe through Scandinavia - Finland

--- Prof Sergejs Kruks PhD (inf. sc.): Image rights: the exploitation of urban art in politics

--- Prof. Thomas Anz PhD (University of Marburg – researcher into the relationship between war and literature): German poets during the First World War. Transformations from war enthusiasm to modern international pacifism and ideas of European Community

--- Žaneta Ozoliņa PhD (educ): War meets art and politics

16:00  Film (not online)

Introductory remarks (2 minutes)

1931 film by Richard Oswald ‘1914, The last days of the world before its destruction’ (1914, die letzten Tage vor dem Weltbrand) Lielajā zāle

About forum

A hundred years from the day World War I ended, several non-governmental organizations and leading intellectuals are still discussing issues related to WWI - what caused this war, its interconnections and long-term consequences, the changing country borders, leading political authorities, the terrifying war technologies affecting a human being and people’s reaction to this enormous history turning point.

On 12 November when the third international forum is held, the thematic line „Brīvības iela” from the official programme of „Riga- The European Capital of Culture” will be highlighted. Therefore, everyone is invited to think of their own inner freedom, the game between a human being and political authorities.

The best historians, art and literature experts as well as political scientists from Europe and Latvia will take part at the international forum readings.

The following experts will take part at the forum: German literature professor Thomas Anz from University of Marburg, British military historian Max Arthur, Dr. Ursul Zeller, director at The Zeppelin Museum, Markku Jokisipila, director of Baltic Sea Region Studies centre, University of Turku, Nele Hertling, vice president at The Academy of Arts, Berlin, Žaneta Ozoliņa, professor in the department of Political Science, University of Latvia, Dr. Phil. Daina Teters, Dr. Hist. Ineta Lipša, assoc. prof. Sergejs Kruks, Dr. h. c. Imants Lancmanis, Dr. Hist. Ēriks Jēkabsons, Mg. Art. Rihards Pētersons, Diāna Čivle, Head of „Rīga 2014” Foundation, Gints Grūbe, curator of The Creative Council at „Rīga 2014” and thematic line „Brīvības iela”.

A film directed by Richard Oswald will be screened at the forum in cooperation with Goethe Institut. The film titled „1914. The last days of the world before its destruction” shows a period of few weeks before World War I. The entrance at the forum is free of charge. Forum will be held in Latvian, English and German languages (translation in Latvian will be available).

The forum is organized by: „Rīga 2014” Foundation, „Lattelecom”, supported by Goethe Institut and „Red Cab”.


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