Speaking Citizens Project

Speaking skills in Britain are under sustained threat. We want to help change that.

We are a group of historians and social scientists exploring ideas about speech and citizenship in modern Britain. Our aim is find out more about attitudes to speaking from the Victorian period to the present. Working with primary and secondary teachers, the English Speaking Union, Oracy CambridgeVoice 21 and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Oracy, our aim is to provide new evidence for how citizenship can be taught through a focus on talk and dialogue.

We believe that oral skills are being side-lined in British state schools. Digital technology is contributing to a decline in face-to-face communication. With automation and Covid-19 set to transform the economy, the future workforce will need communication skills more than ever. This is especially the case if they are to become the active, responsible, participatory and global citizens envisioned by contemporary educational policies. Now is a critical time for citizenship, a moment at which ordinary people's voices need to be heard, and the training for speaking citizens begins in schools.

The Speaking Citizens project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and based at the University of Sussex. It runs for three years (2020-2023). It brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers:

Dr Tom Wright is Principal Investigator and a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sussex. Tom will investigate what we can learn from the role of ideas about speech in Victorian-era progressive education, labour movements, 'elocution' and women's suffrage.

Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson is a Senior Research Fellow and Classicist at the University of Sussex. Arlene is researching the conceptions of citizenship in UK education policies (and to what extent they expect ‘speaking citizens’), developing teaching resources, and leading the project's outreach activities across UK schools.

Dr Hester Barron is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Sussex. Hester is exploring how educators approached the reform of students' voices  during the interwar elementary school classroom.

Professor Stephen Coleman is a Professor of Political Communication at the University of Leeds. Stephen will be using methods of political ethnography to explore contemporary practices of spoken interaction in non-formal contexts on the subject of politics.

Dr Stuart Dunmore is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Sociolinguistics, University of Sussex. Stuart’s contribution to the Speaking Citizens project will examine obstacles to the development of bilingual oracy within the Gaelic-medium education sector in Scotland.

Professor Richard Willis is an Honorary Research Professor, University of Sussex. Richard’s research for the Speaking Citizens project evaluates how oracy, speech, and rhetoric have contributed to educational status and opportunity, particularly against a backdrop of Victorian pioneering work and policy.

At the core of our project is making our research useful to practitioners. We have an advisory group of teachers, teacher educators and representatives from charities which will help us to shape our findings to be fit for purpose in the classroom. All learning and teaching resources will be freely accessible online.

The project will hold a virtual international conference in January 2022. Our work will culminate in 2023 with policy presentations at the Department for Education and a special session at the House of Commons.

We are eager to connect with researchers, activists and practitioners working on similar themes internationally who may be interested in contributing to our blog or our conference. You can view our project aims and research questions on our website: https://speakingcitizens.org/our-aims/

Please contact us at: mail@speakingcitizens.org

Written by Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Senior Research Fellow, University of Sussex.

10th LLLWeek “Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies” 1-4 December

The Lifelong Learning Platform is organising the 10th edition of the LLLWeek on 1-4 December! This year it will be dedicated to “Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies”! What does it mean for education to be sustainable, and how can we achieve this goal? Debates will focus on the role of civil society organisations working in education to foster sustainable societies! The Lifelong Learning Platform will assess its contribution to environmentally and socially sustainable education systems and to creating more inclusive societies. Come debate together with national, European and international representatives, experts, academics, civil society representatives, and much more…! Check out the programme and register here.

Call for Proposals: The Conference of the Americas on International Education

The Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE), whose seventh edition will be held in virtual mode with a possible face-to-face component for those interested, convenes researchers and academics, specialists and representatives from civil society, to submit proposals for posters or parallel sessions that, in line with this year’s main theme, motivate conversations on the ways in which international academic collaboration contribute to the global knowledge community to accelerate the pace and broaden the scope of our academic and scientific contributions to ultimately achieve collaborative solutions to our shared challenges.

The posters and parallel sessions will be presented during the event on the CAEI 2021 virtual platform.

Deadline for submission: 28 May 2021.

Learn more on their website: https://caie-caei.org/en/info-call-for-proposals-2021/.

Call for applications: the Georg Arnhold Senior Fellow 2022

Alicia Rijlaarsdam Opportunities ,
Education for Sustainable Peace
The Georg Eckert Institute – Leibniz Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) is pleased to announce the Call for Applications for the 2022 Georg Arnhold Senior Fellow. The appointment, for the fellowship including a research stay of up to six months at the GEI, offers outstanding scholars and experienced practitioners in the field of peace education the opportunity to carry out work in the area of education for sustainable peace, preferably with a focus on educational media and transformation societies, and to discuss their project and findings with other scholars and practitioners at the annual international Summer Conference of the Georg Arnhold Program.
The fellowship aims to promote education for sustainable peace with a particular focus on educational media and curricula at secondary school level in post-conflict or transitional societies. Its principal objectives are to bridge the gap between theory and practice, to foster international scholarly exchange as well as to translate research findings into practical recommendations for those active in conflict resolution, thereby contributing to civil society capacity building. The output from the fellowship holder’s work should therefore preferably be policy papers, educational materials, research papers, or a larger publication.
The fellowship offers
  • A monthly stipend of up to 3,300 EUR for a fellowship period of up to six months, to include a longer stay (of at least 3 to six months) at the Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig, Germany
  • Return economy airfare to Germany
  • Administrative support provided by the program coordinators (including English language editing of publications published during, and as a result of, the fellowship).
The application deadline for the 2022 fellowship is January 31, 2021. Further information and the application form are available at http://www.gei.de/en/fellowships/georg-arnhold-program/application.html 

Call for Applications: 2020 World Congress of Teachers of the Korean War

Anna Ivanova Opportunities ,
The Korean War Legacy Foundation is honored to host the 2020 World Congress of Teachers of the Korean War to commemorate the 70 anniversary of the war. The conference will be a special online event on Saturday, December 12th from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST and will include 100 history and social science teachers from 22 countries. The sessions will include special commemoration ceremonies, a historical lecture on the war and its significance, training on an oral history library of veteran interviews, case studies of materials on the Korean War, and presentations on the unique contributions of UN Nations.
Teachers from the following countries are particularly invited to participate:
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
History teachers attending the World Congress are offered a $200 scholarship.
Applications are still open! Find the required qualifications and the application form here.

MOOC Teaching the Holocaust: Innovative Approaches to the Challenges We Face

Anna Ivanova Opportunities ,

UCL Centre for Holocaust Education and Yad Vashem are delighted share this unique MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that offers educators innovative approaches to the challenges presented when teaching about the Holocaust.

Starting on 26th October, over three weeks you will explore the history, delve into pedagogical challenges revealed by research, and find practical solutions for teaching about the Holocaust.

For a brief film outlining the MOOC please click here.

Join for free and learn more here.

Graz Conference 2020 – Moved Online

Anna Ivanova Opportunities ,

We would like to inform you that the Graz Conference 2020, which will take place from 11 to 14 November 2020, is moved online.

The thematic focus of the Graz Conference 2020 remains the same: Historical Consciousness – Historical Thinking – Historical Culture. Core Concepts of History Didactics and Historical Education in Intercultural Perspectives. Reflections on Achievements – Challenges for the New Generation'.

The Graz Conference 2020 aims to discuss the core concepts of history didactics and historical education in the intercultural and global dimension. It will create opportunities to strengthen the international ties and to make them more robust in terms of international comparison, exchange of information, and the creation of new research networks and projects.

To learn more and register, visit the conference website: https://grazconference2020.uni-graz.at/en. Registration will be open until 30th October 2020.

Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History Call for Proposals “Making History Together: Public Participation in Museums”

The Public History as the New Citizen Science of the Past (PHACS) project at the University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History) invites proposals for presentations to a one-day online symposium about public participation in the creation, enrichment, uses, and presentations of historical collections and exhibitions in museums.

The international online symposium “Making History Together: Public Participation in Museums” will take place on 15 December 2020. It will bring together scholars, museum professionals and heritage practitioners to discuss how participatory history is constructed, developed, and implemented in museums.

Deadline for proposals in October 30. Visit their website for more information: https://www.c2dh.uni.lu/news/cfp-making-history-together-public-participation-museums


Historians without Borders Webinar “Direction of European History: Past and Future of an Illusion?”

Anna Ivanova Opportunities ,

Historians without Borders in Finland and the secretariat of the International Network of Historians without Borders invite you to join this webinar with Professor Timothy Garton Ash at the University of Oxford addressing us on the Direction of European History: Past and Future of an Illusion? The webinar will take place on October 19 at 15:00 CET.

This will be the first of a new series of virtual events that Historians without Borders is arranging to discuss issues of History with a particular emphasis on our work bringing together historians interested in and working on conflict resolution and the role that history plays in conflicts.

Register for the webinar by October 16 at hwb.fi/tga. Link for the webinar will be sent to you on October 18.

For more information on Historians without Borders visit their website: hwb.fi. For the Biography of Timothy Garton Ash go to timothygartonash.com/biography.php

In Europe Schools: Join in November!

Have you missed the start of In Europe Schools in October? No worries! You still have time to register for a start in November.

Register here, and choose one out of four Education Kits: Difficult History, Migration, Climate Change and Gender Equality. We will match you to another school in Europe and you and your students will be ready to work on their research and documentaries.

Curious how the documentaries look like? Have a look at the In Europe Schools YouTube Channel.

For a full overview of the project, please visit: www.vprobroadcast.com/ineuropeschools or contact us via eugenie@euroclio.eu. See you soon!