In the Caucasian countries there are many places related to peace and conflict issues. These countries have common history in Soviet Union. their citizens have participated in the World War II. Since the collapse of Soviet Union Caucasian countries have witnessed several wars, overcame revolutions, political unrests and civil campaigns. Over the time generations have changed. Perception or memory of war and conflicts preserved in different monuments, such as statues, museums, memorial boards, in the buildings and so on. In the post-Soviet countries new kinds of memorials emerged. Old ones continued to exist. Meanwhile, new ones were erected. These monuments are everywhere: in the little villages, in the bigger cities, in the streets or sights of interests.
Now we have different generations, different perceptions, different expressions on peace and conflict issues. For instance, memorials erected after 1940s were called “War Memorials”, but the ones opened in Georgia during last decade are known as “Peace Memorials”. It indicates to transformation of the way of thinking, approach and values to the peace and conflict issues.
Monuments have invisible power: they are everywhere, people pass by them, live in the neighbourhood, but do not often pay attention. At the same time, monuments demonstrated and influence mode of thinking, values , change of the state policy, etc.
The project aims to explore monuments related to peace and conflict issues; to find out how representation of peace and conflict changed over time in the architecture, monuments and urban areas; how perception about them was transformed over generations and increase public awareness on these issues.
- Collect data about the local monuments, which are related to the peace and conflict affairs, public figures…
- Increase involvement of the youth in the peace and conflict research activities