About Project


What is the project about?

Following the Languages and Nationalisms project, which tackled the complex reality of the existence of four political languages in the region where actually one and only (albeit unnamed) common language is spoken, as well as after its major outcome − the Declaration on Common Language, crafted by 30 linguists and other experts and signed by ca. 10,000 people from all over the region of the Western Balkans − Association KROKODIL has launched a new project entitled Who Started all This? – Historians Against Revisionism. This 30-month-long project is supported by the Delegation of European Union to the Republic of Serbia. In addition, the project is implemented in close co-operation with Forum ZFD Serbia.

Project goals

The main goal of this project is to create a space for historical and intercultural dialogue by creating a network of historians, writers, journalists, students and wider public which would eventually contribute to the conflict resolution, mutually respecting historical narratives (since the shared ones are not possible) as well as to contribute to more inclusive culture of remembrance. The project activities will result in the creation of a sustainable platform that would allow mutually acceptable interpretations of events of the recent and more distant past by using the method of multi-perspective historical narrative. 

While the project is executed by the Association KROKODIL, the overall activities are being monitored by the Steering Group which consists of some of the most prominent historians from the Western Balkans such as Prof. Dubravka Stojanović, PhD, from Belgrade, Serbia, Prof. Tvrtko Jakovina, PhD, from Zagreb, Croatia, Prof. Božo Repe, PhD, from Ljubljana, Slovenia etc. The Steering Group is conceived as the body of experts that oversees a number of activities that will be implemented throughout the duration of the project which will end by drafting, publicizing and signing the Declaration for Adoption of the New Multi-Historical Narrative.
  • Culture
  • Rule of Law
  • Education
  • Peace, reconciliation and good neighbourly relations
EuropeAid reference
  • Improving the involvement and increasing the ownership of civil society working in the field of history, education and literature in building participating and tolerant culture of remembrance in Serbia
  • Building capacities of Serbian society to develop multi
  • perspective narrative of 100 years of region’s common history (1918
  • 2018) as a precondition for establishing regional cooperation, reconciliation and integration of the region into the EU
City / District
EU Contribution
161,186,000 €
Implementation period
January 2018 - June 2020
Civil society engaged in dealing with the past, reconciliation, establishing of regional cooperation and EU integration, historians, students and society of Serbia as a whole
Implemented by
Association KROKODIL