Call for Applications: Online Barcamp Historical Education

The Kreisau-Initiative, the Krzyzowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe and the Freya von Moltke Foundation are organising a special conference: BarCamp. The programme will be centred on methods of historical and civic education and their implementation with digital media.

When? 25 – 26th June 2020; 12 – 5 pm

Where? In the virtual Space!

Who?

  •  Are you already active in youth work, citizenship education or history projects and would like to learn new methods and approaches online? Or are you interested in the topic and methods, but have never done it before? Either way we invite you to apply!
  •  The organisations value diversity of backgrounds, experiences and work fields. If you are not an expert of youth work but experienced with digital educational tools, you are more than welcome!
  • However, there are a few conditions: You need to be an adult (18 years upwards) living in Germany, Poland or Ukraine. Citizenship is not a precondition. Since the BarCamp is mostly going to be held in English, a good level of English is required (partially we are offering translation). 

How to apply?

  • Please fill out the application form here

Application deadline: June 15th, 2020

NECE Webinar “Restarting Europe: The role of civil society and citizenship education”

Fani Partsafyllidou Opportunities

NECE is organising a webinar on “Restarting Europe: The role of civil society and citizenship education” on 11 June 2020, 3-5 pm. As part of the NECE CAMPUS 2020, this online event offers an exchange with civil society actors and EU stakeholders on the role of the European Union in times of transformation.
With this webinar, NECE is launching a methodically diverse virtual process, the NECE CAMPUS 2020. The webinar is an attempt to bring the rich diversity and creativity of European civil society actors and stakeholders and experts for European citizenship education together in times of crisis. The objectives are to explore commonalities and differences and provide a space for the development of a common language and a joint response to the new challenges and opportunities which the 2020s are presenting.

 

As a run-up to the NECE conference “Reconnecting in a post-pandemic world: Citizenship Education for democracy and sustainability” in Berlin, 5-7 November 2020 (www.nece-conference.eu), a series of digital events from June to November, such as webinars, dialogues, trainings and lectures as well as a barcamp on the various aspects of the conference topic, will be conducted. The aim is to strengthen cooperation and networking in digital space, provide platforms for exchange in terms of digital skills, tools, methodology and content and enhance the advocacy for citizenship education as a public good.

Registration for this webinar is still possible here until 10 June 2020. You will receive further information on the webinar access via ZOOM, the programme, etc. in your confirmation email.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the webinar organisers in case of any queries: nece-campus2020@labconcepts.de.

In Europe Schools: Join now!

We have wonderful news! We are delighted to announce that the In Europe Schools Project will be continued after a successful pilot phase! In 2019, EuroClio and Dutch Broadcasting Company VPRO joined forces to create online and free educational resources, based on the VPRO documentary series on Modern European History ‘In Europe – History Caught in the Act’, presented by Dutch best-selling author Geert Mak. In the past months, more than 40 schools across Europe were matched and worked with two Education Kits: Difficult History and Migration.

The Project will start with a new round of school matchings in October and November 2020, introducing two new additional Education Kits: Climate Change and Gender Equality. The newly developed @Home Tutorial provides tips and tricks on how to complete the project from home, when you are not able leaving the house. This makes the Project perfectly suitable for teachers and students in times of social distancing and closed schools, as it provides a great sense of flexibility!

Registrations are now open here! Make sure to register as soon as possible, so we can match you with another school in Europe. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a one-of-a-kind exchange project!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

To see Europe Schools' Introduction Video click here!

Call for Applications local.history International 2020

Zaira Bulgheroni Opportunities

Call for Applications 2020!

It is with great pleasure to announce that the Foundation EVZ is launching a new funding program entitled local.history. This funding provides support to local initiatives and associations in their endeavours to create and shape a local remembrance of the National Socialist era.

The funding program supports local and regional history initiatives from Central and Eastern Europe. The main goal of the programme is to reappraise the remembrance of the era of National Socialism and the Second World War. A particular point of focus is the persecution of various ethnic groups and minorities during the National Socialist period.

The major topics addressed are the history of National Socialism, forced labour under the National Socialist regime, the Holocaust, as well as the remembrance of various persecuted groups.

The formats of the projects are open-ended; therefore, workshops, podcasts, exhibitions, graphic novels and more are welcomed, as long as the chosen formats suit the projects’ objectives in a way that contributes to the sharing of local cultures of remembrance.

Are you interested? Please submit a project proposal before June 15, 2020. You can find the call for applications here.

 

Sign up to pilot our new eLearning platform on remembrance education!

Catherine Savitsky Opportunities , ,

This summer, the RETHINK team (Remembrance Education for THINKing Critically) will launch its eLearning Platform. We are looking for 20 members of our network who would like to pilot modules of the platform before its official launch. The eLearning Platform is designed as a professional development opportunity for teachers and educators, so there is no need to pilot it with students.

The structure of the eLearning platform

The eLearning platform consists of 8 different modules, and each pilot volunteer is asked to try out a minimum of two modules (but you can try more if you like!).

Modules and Time Lengths:

1. Making the past relevant for today - 50 min

2. Applying multiperspectivity to remembrance education - 50 min

3. Methodologies and approaches (this section is divided in modules 3A, 3B, 3C)

3A. Preparation for a visit to a remembrance site - 60 – 90 min

3B. Teaching with video testimonies of victims of national socialism - 50-90 min

3C. Making the most of digital archives in class - 35 min

4. Challenging exclusion: thinking critically (this section is divided in modules 4A, 4B, and 4C)

4A. Dealing with hate speech - 50 min

4B. Addressing propaganda today - 100 min

4C. Prejudices & stereotyping: in everyday life and throughout history - 30 min

There is a maximum number of slots per module, and we will operate on a first come, first served basis, so signing up for a module in a timely manner is essential.

How will the piloting work?

We will arrange short (15-20 minutes) Skypes in early June with pilot volunteers to present the RETHINK project and partnership, in order to provide context for the eLearning platform. The piloting will then take place in the second half of June, and pilot volunteers will receive a short feedback form to fill in with their thoughts on the experience.

To collect further qualitative feedback, we will also plan short online focus groups with pilot volunteers who tried out the same modules. These will take place in July, and participation to them will be optional. It will be a great opportunity to meet colleagues from all across Europe, and to let us know what you thought of the modules you tried out.

 

Both the pre-piloting conversation and the post-piloting focus groups will be hosted by Alice Modena and Catherine Savitsky. If you are interested, please reach out to Alice Modena at alice@euroclio.eu

Call for Action: Petition for Access to French Public Archives of Contemporary History

Zaira Bulgheroni Opportunities

In February 2020, a group of French historians, who are part of the Network of Concerned Historians, created a petition with the goal of lifting restrictions to public archives of contemporary history in France.

Over the past years, the French government have been tightening rules and regulations concerning the public archives of contemporary history (1940–1970). This has hindered research about topics, such as the Second World War and the decolonisation of Algeria. The Network of Concerned Historians is aware that the protection of secret records is highly important, however, in this case, the recent regulations infringe against the Heritage Code which stipulates that archives containing sensitive information must be made accessible to all after a period of fifty years.

For this reason, the Network of Concerned Historians call anyone interested in safeguarding the freedom of thought and expression in the areas of historical research and teaching to join and sign this petition.

 

 

Call for Proposals: Democracy & Media Foundation

Charlotte Pontifell Opportunities

General call for proposals

Do you want to contribute to independent media and a strong, just democratic state?

Do you have an initiative that stimulates independent and critical media, or one that sustains or promotes a strong, and just democratic state? Does your initiative match the Democracy & Media Foundation’s (STDEM) pillars of truth-seeking, innovation in media, fundamental rights and liberties, vigorous democracy or commemoration and remembrance? Then you are welcome to submit a project proposal.

Focus 2020:  Please note that the Dutch general elections will take place in March 2021. Grant proposals on this topic are welcome all throughout 2020.

You can submit project proposals between Wednesday 6 May 2020 and Monday 1 June 2020. It can only be submitted by registering it via our SDM portal. Read this document to find out everything you need to know about this call, regarding the criteria pertaining to the call and which themes might be prioritised. To see an overview of the procedure, scroll down for a link to the infographic.

Are you unsure if your proposal matches the pillars and/or other criteria and therefore would be eligible for assessment within one of the calls for proposals? Please click here for the eligibility check. STDEM will try to let you know within 2 weeks if your proposal is eligible for assessment. If you have not received a response yet close to the deadline of this call, don’t hesitate and submit your proposal!

Note that institutional funding cannot be applied for through these calls for proposals. 


Timeline – General call for proposals 2020-2

Deadline to submit
Monday 1 June 2020 (before midnight)
Decision first round
Tuesday 23 June 2020 by 18:00 at the latest
Decision final round
Friday 31 July 2020 by 18:00 at the latest

The process goes as follows:

Application process SDM – website – EnglishVenngage Infographics


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Rethinking Past Plagues in the Time of Coronavirus

Charlotte Pontifell Opportunities

Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul and Columbia Global Centers | Tunis invite you to a live webinar on “Rethinking Past Plagues in the Time of Coronavirus: The Ottoman Experience” with Nükhet Varlık, Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University–Newark and the University of South Carolina, in conversation with A. Tunç Şen, Assistant Professor of History, Columbia University, on May 13 at 6:30 pm GMT+3.

About the Talk
We are currently experiencing one of the most disruptive pandemics in modern history. The outbreak of COVID-19 that was first recorded in Wuhan, China and quickly spread across the globe has resulted in nearly 3.7 million confirmed cases to date and more than a quarter-million deaths. Where we stand now, how many it will infect or kill worldwide, how long it will continue, and when—if ever—life will go back to normal are still uncertain. What we know for sure is that this is a pivotal moment and that we are experiencing a historic event that will transform our societies both profoundly and irreversibly. As we wade into this new age of pandemics, it is critical to rethink how we write the history of pandemics. With a conviction that the past helps us to understand the present and the present should help us to rethink the past, we will turn to the legacy of past plagues. This conversation will take stock of the lasting legacies of past plagues because they continue to shape the way we think about new pandemics. In particular, it will address persistent problems, such as European exceptionalism, triumphalism, and epidemiological orientalism that are not only ubiquitous in plague studies, but also staples of public opinion about pandemics, past and present.

Send your questions in advance: istanbul.cgc@columbia.edu

Nükhet Varlık is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University–Newark and the University of South Carolina. She is a historian of the Ottoman Empire interested in disease, medicine, and public health. She is the author of Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347–1600 (2015) and editor of Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean (2017). Her new book project, “Empire, Ecology, and Plague: Rethinking the Second Pandemic (ca.1340s-ca.1940s),” examines the six-hundred-year Ottoman plague experience in a global ecological context. In conjunction with this research, she is involved in developing the Black Death Digital Archive and contributing to multidisciplinary research projects that incorporate perspectives from palaeogenetics (ancient DNA research in particular), bioarchaeology, disease ecology, and climate science into historical inquiry. She is the Editor of the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA).

A. Tunç Şen is an Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University. He is a historian of the Ottoman Empire whose research and records of publication revolve around questions about the history of science and divination, perceptions of time, and manuscript culture in the early modern era. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2016 with an award-winning dissertation on astrology and astrologers at the early-modern Ottoman court. His first book project, Masters of Time: Astrologers and Scientific Expertise at the Early Modern Ottoman Court, examines the role and corpus of stargazers in measuring, displaying, and interpreting time from chronological datings to the designation of precise auspicious moments. He is one of the collaborators of the international research project, Geographies and Histories of the Ottoman Supernatural Tradition: Exploring Magic, the Marvelous, and the Strange in Ottoman Mentalities funded by the European Research Council and led by Dr. Marinos Sariyannis. He is also sitting on the advisory board for the Manuscripts of the Muslim World project currently undertaken at Columbia University.

Alliance for Learning in World History

Charlotte Pontifell Opportunities

The Alliance for Learning in World History (ALWH) is a collaboration between educators and history scholars who seek to advance the teaching and learning of world history in classrooms in the U.S. and around the world.  The Alliance sponsors yearly professional development programs that link leading practitioners in world history scholarship, curriculum, teacher preparation, professional development, and educational research.  The ALWH was previously funded by the Social Science Research Council and the British Council and now draws on support from Columbia University and the World History Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Alliance is anchored at the University of Pittsburgh and serves as one of the primary education initiatives pursued by the WHC.  Molly Warsh, Associate Director of the WHC and Head of Educational Outreach, serves as the Steering Committee Chair and primary contact for the ALWH.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

THIS SUMMER’S PD PROGRAMMING IS STILL HAPPENING, JUST VIRTUALLY!

THERE IS A NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE ALLIANCE-SPONSORED JUNE 30TH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS ON “TEACHING THE GLOBAL AFRICAN DIASPORA”.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION HERE BY THE NEW DEADLINE OF MAY 26TH. THIS WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM.

The day-long event will focus on Teaching the Global African Diaspora with the following featured speakers:

  • Dr. Yolanda Covington-Ward (University of Pittsburgh) on “Interconnected Diasporas: Two Hundred Years of Mobility, Identity, and Community in the Liberian Diaspora”

This presentation examines the long history of connection between Liberia and the United States, with free Black Americans migrating to Liberia in the 19thand early 20thcenturies, and Liberians of all backgrounds coming to the United States as a result of the Liberian Civil War in the late 20thcentury. The presentation will highlight a number of resources that can be used to show the importance of mobility for shaping Liberian identity and community over the last 200 years while also contextualizing events and processes in Liberia within larger global forces and flows.

  • Dr. Mari Webel (University of Pittsburgh) on “Tracing Diaspora: Sources and Histories of the Global African Diaspora”

This presentation examines some of the diverse evidence we can use to understand the impacts of historical mobilities and the global African diaspora and bring this history to life in the classroom.  Exploring a selection of cases, we will discuss sources on agriculture and foodways, health and disease, and global migration circulating from Africa.

The application webform is hereAPPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 26, 2020.  Contact Molly Warsh at warsh@pitt.edu with any questions in the meantime.

PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

On June 26th, 2019, the Alliance hosted a one-day professional workshop for world history teachers titled “Hot Topics in World History”. Featuring sessions on teaching with comics (led by Prof. Trevor Getz, San Francisco State University), maps in the world history classroom (led by Prof. Ruth Mostern, University of Pittsburgh) and games in the world history classroom (led by Dr. Bennett Sherry, University of Pittsburgh), the event drew teachers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia.

If you would like to view and download materials from this workshop, please send an email to alwh@pitt.edu with a brief explanation of why these materials will be useful to you.
TEACHING WORLD HISTORY RESOURCES

The ALWH compiles materials that are useful to teachers of World History through workshops and submissions from both college faculty and K-12 teachers.  Access to these materials are by request.  If you would like to view and download these materials, please send an email to Molly Warsh at warsh@pitt.edu.  Include information about yourself and why you’re interested in the World History pedagogical material.

If you have already received access to the material, click here to be taken to the resources page.

EuroClio is looking for new trainees: are you up for the challenge?

Andreas Holtberget Opportunities

EuroClio invites university students to apply for a traineeship position to enrich their knowledge with the practical experience of working for an international NGO in the field of history education.  Discover the current trainees on our Trainee page.

What does the traineeship offer?

As a trainee, you will learn all about the world of an international NGO. You will get in touch with different institutions, donors, funding organisations, and international associations. Your tasks include communication with members and partners, networking, public announcements, fundraising, reporting, website management, contribution to the development of transnational source collections and historical content and all aspects of office, project and event management. Additionally, EuroClio provides;

  • Remuneration up to 400 euros per month based on a fulltime traineeship (5 days/week)
  • Reimbursement of local travel costs up to 100 euro per month based on receipts for a fulltime traineeship

Who are we looking for? 

For our Fall 2020 (September 2020 – January 2021) traineeships we are looking for dedicated students, that: 

  • Are in the final stage of their University Bachelor degree or in their Master degree.
  • Have a background in History, History Education and/or International Cooperation/Relations;
  • Have skills in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint);
  • Are flexible, motivated and are able to work independently;
  • Are fluent in English (written and spoken);

Knowledge of additional languages, website management (including CMS, WordPress) and design skills are considered an asset. 

Standard traineeships are for a period of 4-6 months. We might consider extending the traineeship period up to one year based on the experience and needs. Interested applicants should send their letter of motivation and CV by e-mail to Catherine Savitsky (catherine@euroclio.eu) before the deadline of 1 June 2020.