Workshop for Tour Guides
February 15, 2019
Call for Applications:
Workshop for Tour Guides
"Contested Chapters of the Shared History: Telling About the Second World War in Lviv"
Dates: March 6-7, 2019
Venue: Lviv, 6 Bohomoltsia Street
Conference room
Deadline for applications:
February 15, 2019

Program Description
The workshop is part of the practical program "Development and Piloting of Materials for Tour Guides on Contested Topics of the Shared History of Lviv" elaborated in frames of the project "ReHERIT: Common Responsibility for Shared Heritage." The program aims at enhancing the competences of tour guides (city guides) in dealing with complicated topics of Lviv’s multicultural past, with the contested stories of different historical memories, and their contemporary interpretations. The program includes several stages: development of materials by a group of experts and tour guides; holding a workshop to test the materials; conducting pilot tours (excursions) based on the developed materials; and having regular city walks by Lviv tour guides with the program materials.
Choosing the Topic
To have various actors of multicultural heritage successfully interact, it is important to overcome prejudices and divisions. It is very often that the processes are hindered by the conflicting memory of the past when different interpretations of the same events coexist and are taken as mutually exclusive, whereas the "characters" of the same group are perceived as the "perpetrators" for the other, and vice versa. In particular, the subject of the Second World War is perused as a tool for mobilization in present-day conflicts, such as military, political, and symbolic. Varied versions of historical memory would often function as colliding sacral myths, with a complicated discussion between them. The lens of local perspective allows taking a look on the contested history and the traumatic memory beyond the boundaries of personal, national, and ideological framework.
Structure of Materials
The materials designed for the workshop "Contested Chapters of the Shared History: Telling About the Second World War in Lviv" are divided into 5 subtopics, such as Soviet occupation, collaboration and cooperation, topography of the Holocaust, behavioral models of civilians, and the end of war. The materials will focus on the contested dynamics of local and global processes, and will encourage individual re-thinking of the history of the WW2 to speak through this topic with various audiences.
Workshop Structure
The workshop invites to discussion on the materials that the tour guides could use in their work. During the workshop, there will be a presentation of materials, group work with individual topics, lectures and talks with researchers dealing with the most contested aspects of the Second World War, as well as the training on dialogue as a tool to address conflicting memories. The workshop will come out with individual projects of the walks developed by the city guides on the basis of the suggested materials.
Invited Lecturers and Experts

Iryna Brunova-Kalisetska – a Candidate of Psychology, CEO at “Information Research Center "Integration and development" NGO. Area of expertise: ethnic psychology, analysis and practices for conflict prevention, facilitation of dialogue on contested past and collective traumas. She runs trainings on prevention and transformation of conflicts, multicultural and peace education, cultural and conflict sensitivity, non-discrimination, etc. She has academic publications of her research of social psychological component of conflicting memories.

Taras Martynenko – a historian, expert in social history, everyday routines and social behaviour of Lviv residents during the Second World War, and social psychology. He is about to complete the Candidate research thesis "Population of Lviv during the Second World War: Social Conscience and Social Behaviour."

Andriy Usach – a historian, a research fellow in the Memorial Museum of Totalitarian Regimes "Territory of Terror." He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in history at the Ukrainian Catholic University. He majors in the history of the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the memory thereon. He is author of multiple tours and a virtual tour along the Holocaust related sites in Lviv. He is working on his candidate thesis on local collaboration and the Holocaust in the occupied Ukraine.
The program is designed for tour guides with completed professional courses and practical work experience.
Two weeks in advance of the workshop, participants will receive 5 sets of materials and the readers. Participants shall read the materials in advance to be able to efficiently work with them during the workshop.
The application shall include:
  • a CV, with email and a telephone number
  • a written list of 5 suggested sites related to the Second World War in Lviv, with the explanation of their relevance to cover the topic (1 to 2 pages)
Please, submit your applications to before February 15, 2019
The subject of the letter shall say "Application for the Tour Guides Workshop."
Selection Criteria
Participants will be selected by February, 19. The applicants will be notified on the results via emails.
Participation Fee
Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Organizers provide the free coffee-breaks and lunches, as well as hand-outs.
Participants will receive workshop participation certificates.
With questions, please, feel free to contact Iryna Matsevko at
Authors of materials and workshop tutors:
Olena Andronatiy, Inna Zolotar, Iryna Matsevko, Anna Chebotariova, Tomasz Jankowski

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Center for Urban History
The program is part of the project ReHERIT: Common Responsibility for Shared Heritage. The project is funded by the European Union.