COURAGE: Cultural Opposition - Understanding the Cultural Heritage of Dissent in the Former Socialist Countries
On 1 February 2016, the consortium of twelve European academic institutions has launched COURAGE, the three-year international research project financed by the European Union through the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme.
The project proposes both to create an electronic registry of representative online and offline, private and public collections of cultural opposition in all former socialist countries in Europe and to study the origins, uses and changing roles of these collections in their social, political and cultural contexts. We seek to further an understanding of how these (private and public, alternative and mainstream) collections work, what functions they serve in their respective societies, and how they represent their holdings to the public. The project will examine the legal and political circumstances that determined the collections before 1989 and the conditions that shape them in the post-socialist period. The analyses of the collections will identify various types of cultural opposition to Communist authoritarianism and the party state.