Blog parade: What does Democracy mean to me? #DHMDemokratie

30 April 2019

Amidst the current upheaval represented by the global upsurge in anti-democratic movements, the threat of Brexit, and the approaching European Parliament election, the Deutsches Historisches Museum—as part of its 2019 theme on democracy—takes a look at the challenges for democracy past and present. The blog parade ‘What Does Democracy Mean to Me?’, running from 30 April to 28 May 2019, broadens our focus on democracy to include the Internet. We invite you to make use of the hashtag #DHMDemokratie to disclose your completely personal relationship to democracy. After all, democracy concerns every single one of us!

Democracy Theme 2019

From April to September 2019, the Deutsches Historisches Museum is dedicating our program to democracy. How has it challenged society in the past—and how does it do so in the present? We analyse these questions from various local perspectives:

1. The exhibition Weimar: On the Nature and Value of Democracy (4 April–22 September 2019):

We use the historical example of the Weimar Republic to pose the question: what is democracy? The exhibition sheds light on key challenges in politics and society at that time, with reference to current debates and crises surrounding democracy.

2. The Participatory Democracy Lab (4 April–4 August 2019)

The Democracy Lab aims to raise awareness that democracy thrives on participation and engagement from all citizens. This form of government is shaped by an ongoing process of negotiation between different opinions and standpoints.

3. Events: Dialogues, Salons, and Debates

In these public programs, we address key questions about democracy. Experts will discuss various topics within the format of discussions and salons. These are the questions and topics we intend to bring online through our blog parade.

Blog Parade #DHMDemokratie

And this is where you come in! We want to know:

What significance does democracy have for you personally? We’ll use your thoughts, with your consent, as points for discussion in our Democracy Lab. We want to link up the analogue with the digital. Tell us your story; we’re listening.

Themes for the #DHMDemokratie Blog Parade

The hashtag #DHMDemokratie can be used to cover all aspects of democracy, its significance, and its historical achievements in the last 100 years, from 1919 until today. We want to work together with you to further this conversation.

We’re excited to hear your thoughts on democracy—a challenging and important issue. You can interpret the topic as broadly or narrowly as you’d like. We offer the questions below as a way to get the ball rolling. You’re welcome to answer your own questions related to the theme. So join the conversation—we look forward to hearing your thoughts!

• What is the current state of democracy? What challenges does it face?

• Value of democracy—how is democracy valued, both in Germany and internationally? Have you had experiences while travelling that shed light on this question? Is democracy under threat by a rise in anti-democratic practices, or is everything in your opinion just fine as it is? What do you think about the role of populist statements in the election campaign?

• Democracy and education—how important is it for us and for our children? When it comes to democracy, how far should education go and what form should it take?

• Democracy and the future of Europe—where is Europe headed, and what kind of Europe do you wish for in the future? What do you think about Brexit?

• Democracy then and now—how has it evolved, in your eyes, to become what it is today? Are the achievements of the Weimar Republic (for example, the establishment of the welfare state or the struggle for an open approach to sexuality) still palpable? What do you think of universal basic income and marriage equality?

• Democracy for equal rights and equal opportunities—given a century of women’s suffrage, what is left to do? What do you think of a quota based on gender? Also welcome are thoughts on education, inclusion, and housing for all.

• Democracy and freedom of expression—what does it mean to you? What role do social media play in the formation of opinions, and how do you view this as a blogger? What endangers or supports democracy online?

Who can participate in our blog parade?

Everyone. We invite bloggers of all stripes to the blog parade! Our hope is to gather diverse perspectives and a lively exchange with each other on the subject of ‘democracy’. You are welcome to apply this to your own personal experience, or explore its relevance for politics and society. Let your imagination run wild!

We’d like to extend a special invitation to our colleagues from other cultural institutions! What significance does democracy have for your collections, your projects, and/or your research? Tell us the stories behind your work.

Participating without a blog? Yes, you can!

Even without a blog, you can join in with the #DHMDemokratie project. Leave your contribution as a comment or send it to us as a guest contribution. We’ll publish it on our blog. Send your guest posts to blog@dhm.de. We’re looking forward to your contributions!

Outline of the #DHMDemokratie Blog Parade

Duration of the blog parade: 30.04 through 28.05.2019
Heading: Blog Parade ‘What Does Democracy Mean to Me?’ | #DHMDemokratie
Link your post with our invitation here. Just to be on the safe side, e-mail the post’s URL to us at blog@dhm.de.
Share your post on the social web with the hashtag #DHMDemokratie. Feel free to tag us on Twitter (@DHMBerlin) or share your blog post on Facebook.
We’ll link your article here under ‘Updates’, and after the blog parade ends we’ll write a concluding overview.
We’ll be sharing posts on Twitter and Facebook.
With your consent, we will also integrate printouts of the blog posts into our Democracy Lab.
All posts will also be documented on a Pinterest board by Tanja Praske.

You can find tips for successful participation in: ‘10 tips for successfully taking part in a blog parade’ (in German).

And as a little bonus …

All those who contribute blog posts will receive free admission to our exhibition Weimar: On the Nature and Value of Democracy, and to our Democracy Lab, with a guide (advance registration at blog@dhm.de required), as well as the first issue of our magazine Historische Urteilskraft! So taking part is worth it!

Effective beginning now: Join in and write for #DHMDemokratie—we want to hear your voice!

The blog parade is a cooperation with Dr. Tanja Praske of KULTUR-MUSEUM-TALK.

* Please note that submissions sent in and posted over the weekend may not be linked to the DHM blog until the following Monday due to technical constraints.

Blog Parade Netiquette:

1. Express your opinion politely,
2. Your post may not violate the Civil Code (BGB) or the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany,
3. Anti-democratic and hateful opinions will not be considered,
4. Contributions from blogs / online magazines that allow inflammatory, discriminatory or disparaging comments on the blog or on the web without dissociating themselves from said content are rejected,
5. Nor will contributions from SEOs (search engine optimization companies) or with SEO goals, unless you engage seriously with our theme. In this case we’ll post your contribution as a no-follow link,

6. Statements that contradict these rules will not be included and/or will be deleted without comment.

What is a blog parade?

A blog parade is a temporary blog action. A blogger provides a topic in a blog post, in response to which other bloggers and interested people can write a post of their own. They link their contributions with the initiating blog’s invitation. The initiator collects, links, and advertises the submissions across the social web.

The views of the submitted and shared articles of the blog parade #DHMDemokratie do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Deutsches Historisches Museum.

Updates—Posts in the Blog Parade

Here is where you can find your contributions to the blog parade #DHMDemokratie. Join in, write, read along, and engage in conversation with the participants. Democracy concerns every single one of us!

25. Ralf Grabuschnig: Der Fall Iran: Warum am Ende der Geschichte nicht immer die Demokratie steht // @RalfGrabusnik (20. May 2019)

24. Marta Blog: Demokratie ist, wenn ich entscheide! // @martamuseum (17. May 2019)

23. Die Kulturflüsterin:#Interview mit Nils Strunk // @kulturfluesterin (16. May 2019)

22. Demokratiegeschichten: Elisabeth Selbert und der Kampf für die Gleichberechtigung (16. May 2019)

21. Geschichte & Geschichten. Blog des Museums Burg Posterstein: Je kleiner die Einheit ist, desto direkter kann Demokratie sein – Unser Beitrag zur Blogparade #DHMDemokratie / #rainbowMW // @burgposterstein (16. May 2019)

About the first 20 contributions: Was ist Demokratie für dich? Blogparade des Deutschen Historischen Museums | #DHMDemokratie // @TanjaPraske (16. May 2019)

20. Hilgerlicious: Europawahl am 26. Mai: dieses Mal wirklich wählen gehen!!! // @katrinhilger (13. May 2019)

19. Histowerkstatt: Blogparade #DHMDemokratie // @histowerkstatt (13. May 2019)

18. Oliveira Online: Demokratie – Nicht ohne Inklusion (12. May 2019)

17. Teresa Ohne H: Demokratisierung von Denkmälern durch Graffiti-Künstler? // @Teresa_ohne_h (12. May 2019)

16. Le Monde de Kitchi: So nicht (#DHMDemokratie) // @MondeKitchi (10. May 2019)

15. Verrücktes Huhn: Die Qual der Wahl: Wie soll unsere Zukunft aussehen? // @V_Huhn (10. May 2019)

14. Zeilenabstand: Demokratie in der Krise? // @zeilenabstandN (10. May 2019)

13. Sabine Pint: Nicht „die Demokratie“ ist in der Krise, sondern ihre Ausgestaltung (10. May 2019)

12. Museumsdinge: Das (un-)demokratische Museum. Ein umkämpfter Ort (9. May 2019)

11. KulturNatur: Das Leben ist schön // @kultur_natur (9. May 2019)

10. Schlösserblog: Vom Kronprinzen zum Ministerpräsidenten – die Neue Residenz im langen 19. Jahrhundert // Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung (9. May 2019)

9. Lothars Blog: Was bedeutet mir die Demokratie? #DHMDEMOKRATIE (6. May 2019)

8. Mikel Bower: Ab mit dir Hoheit, es lebe die Demokratie. // @mikelbower (6. May 2019)

7. Karsten Kühnel: Demokratie – wenn das Volk sich beherrscht // @KarstenKuehnel (6. May 2019)

6. Barbara Fischer: Digitaler Wandel: Gesicht zeigen – Haltung einnehmen // @fischerdata (6. May 2019)

5. Mit Kind im Rucksack: Was bedeutet mir die Demokratie? #DHMDemokratie // @Mitkindimrucksack (5. May 2019)

4. Cabinetto: Publikative // @ccabinetto (3. May 2019)

3. Bedeutung Online: Was mir Demokratie bedeutet: Persönliche Freiheiten sind das höchste Gut! // @bedeutungonline (2. May 2019)

2. Waldworte.eu: Dürfen Menschen gegen Menschen sein? Kinder entdecken Demokratie und Zukunftsfragen durch Geschichten (1. May 2019)

1. Davidssplitter: Ist die Demokratie bedroht? // @sarah_leben (1. May 2019)

Cuncti: Härtetest für die Demokratie: Warum Gefühle unsere Gesellschaft gefährden (28. April 2019)

Akif Sahin: 70 Jahre Grundgesetz: Meine Gedanken dazu für die Blogparade #DHMDemokratie – Was bedeutet mir die Demokratie? // @vielfaltmuslim (25. April 2019)