Call for Practices on Remembrance Education

Jaco Stoop Opportunities, Project Updates

Do you have a remembrance practice or strategy that really works for your students or participants? Increase it’s impact, by making it available across Europe! Share your practice with our team of experts. Selected practices will be piloted by these experts with their own students, and used for the production of a handbook on remembrance education.

About RETHINK

RETHINK is a 36-month project, designed to shed light on the educational programmes that have been developed in the field of remembrance education. This project will make non-formal practices more widely available through the development of an online platform, which will also serve as the starting point for the creation of a new network for memorial institutions. This network will facilitate transnational collaboration between like-minded institutions and enable the development of new programs focused on linking past and present challenges while enhancing critical thinking skills among learners. For more information about the project, check out rethink-education.eu and our project page.

What are we currently working on?

We aim to bridge the gap between formal and non-formal education, by looking at practices developed by remembrance education. A group of experts is trying these practices in different educational contexts, transferring them from formal to non-formal education, and from one geographical context or target group to another. This process we call upscaling. For example, we take practices from memorial sites and try (parts of) them in a formal classroom setting. Or we take a school project or teaching strategy and apply it in a non-formal context or in another country.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for practices that are easy to replicate by others. This means that ideally the practices take little time and effort, are free or not too costly, and do not rely on others to be implemented. Specifically, we are looking for practices that are:

  • Focusing on remembrance education: specific focus in this project is on Holocaust/Shoah and other mass atrocities.
  • Transferable: not overly specific to certain contexts but (partly) applicable in a variety of schools and classroom settings.
  • Critical thinking: should encourage students to think critically
  • Engaging: engaging for students

The submitted practice must give enough detail about its execution, such that an educator could read through it and implement it themselves, so it should outline any resources needed and the expected time it will take. Please indicate any specific things educators should be aware of, things they should consider before using the practice (or parts of it) in their own classroom.

Feel free to include pictures and diagrams as well as text – anything that demonstrates how to execute the practice.

For more information, please read the entire text of the call here. To submit your practice, please use our online form. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Antonia Gough (antonia@euroclio.eu). The deadline for submitting your practice is 6 January 2019.

Russian Revolution Source Collection: Call for Contributors

 

EUROCLIO, with the support and collaboration of the Historiana Historical Content Team, is working on a collection of sources containing multiple perspectives on the Russian Revolution. This piloting project is aimed to set the events in revolutionary Russia into a wider international context and explore the different ways in which people – both in the political elites and among the general public – perceived and responded to what was happening in Russia.

The call for contributions was preceded by an introductory online seminar, which received a really positive response, with more than 40 participants and more than 80 people willing to contribute to the collection. The seminar was run twice, on 10 October and on 1 November 2018. Bob Stradling, Editor in Chief of Historiana, delivered a presentation on Historiana and the Russian Revolution source collection project, as well as a practical example on how the source collection would look like.

One of the pillars of Historiana is the transnational and multiperspectivity nature of its historical content. We thought that the best way to do so, was to involve directly our vibrant community members and friends around the world. Through the involvement of the EUROCLIO community, widely spread all around Europe and beyond, we hope to collect valuable and diverse sources that reflect different views and perceptions on the Russian Revolution.

This consists in the first pilot project for involving the EUROCLIO community in the making of Historiana and its content. The sources collected will be then curated by the Historical Content Team, and a representative selection of them, will be published on Historiana, contributing to enrich its historical content.

Would you like to participate?

If you would like to know more on the project and have a better insight, you can see the presentation and an example of a source collection showed during the seminar via the following links:

If you think and would like to contribute, we made available a form on our website to upload sources. The form asks you to specify some general information regarding the contribution (title, nature of the source, original language) and also some information on the content (which perspective is represented, to which specific event is it related).

We thank you very much for your involvement and we are looking forward for your contributions!

Registrations for the Annual Conference 2019 are open!

 

EUROCLIO is proud and happy to announce the official opening of registration for our 26th Annual Conference & Professional Development and Training Course Bringing History to Life! – making history education meaningful to all students.

The conference will take place in Gdansk, Poland from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 April 2019.

How to interest all students in learning history? How to bring history to life? Join us in Gdansk and learn about these topics through active workshops and panel discussions, school visits, on-site learning, and intercultural events!

Do not hesitate to register: there is an Early Bird ticket price that will only apply until 14 December 2018!

You can register by clicking this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/26th-euroclio-annual-conference-bringing-history-to-life-registration-50632026755
For more information and the draft programme, click here: https://euroclio.eu/event/26th-euroclio-annual-conference-and-professional-development-and-training-course/

EUROCLIO provides training on how to use online tools to make historical thinking explicit to students. And you can join!

In recent years, EUROCLIO has worked with partners to inspire and support history educators to make best use of new technologies to enhance the teaching and learning of history. One of the main outcomes of these efforts is the creation of the Historiana eLearning Environment, which last year received the LLLAward 2017: Education in a Digital World, in the category “Education and Innovative Pedagogy”.

Historiana includes an e-Activity Builder that enables users to develop enquiry questions, to set up a sequence of learning using digital tools designed by other history teachers, and to get your students to respond to the question in a way that you can assess. The eLearning Activities can be created in any language, and the Historiana eLearning Environment is and will remain free to use for teachers and students. Registered users can save their eLearning Activities.

In order to stimulate the use of this eLearning Environment, EUROCLIO is organising a series of trainings on how to use Historiana to create online learning activities that help your students to think historically using historical sources from the Europeana Collections. To support these trainings, EUROCLIO has created a teacher training package that provides support material on how Historiana works, and provides a set of challenges that can be used for initial teacher training or the professional development of history educators. Over the course of the coming months, several workshops will be provided by trainers in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland and Spain to familiarise educators with the Historiana e-learning environment and accessing the Europeana Collections.

Can’t wait to learn more about the Historiana e-learning environment and Europeana’s incredible variety of sources, but unable to attend one of the upcoming events mentioned above? Don’t panic! EUROCLIO will be hosting an eTwinning Seminar as part of its cooperation with Europeana.

On 14 May 2018 at 17:00 CET, Helen Snelson (Editor of Historiana’s Teaching and Learning section) and Steven Stegers (Acting Executive Director) will provide an eTwinning Seminar that you can join for free.

Click here to find out more information about the eTwinning seminar and how to join your peers online!

Annual Conference 2018: Marseille Calls!

An annual highlight in the EUROCLIO calendar is the Annual Conference. On 21-26 April, all are welcome to come to Marseille, France. Our French member association has prepared a very interesting programme to support new knowledge, cross-cultural exchanges and professional development.

The conference will take place in the Vieux-Port Marseille, the historical port of Marseille, with venues at well-known historical landmarks in Marseille such as Mucem (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) and Musee d’Histoire de Marseille.

On Saturday 21 April, after the welcoming speeches, the programme will feature a key-note lecture by Keith Brown from Arizona State University on “A Micro Global History of the Mediterranean”.

Sunday is reserved for on-site learning at interesting locations such as 1) Camp des Milles, a former concentration camp and memorial site 2) Arles, a picturesque medieval city located a few kilometres outside of Marseille. Arles boasts some beautiful and well-preserved treasures from the Roman Empire, like the amphitheatre, and used to be a refuge for impressionist painters like Vincent van Gogh in the late 19th century. 3) Toulon, this small city situated on the Mediterranean coast is one of the most historically important ports of the region, connecting the entire EuroMed region.

On Monday several cross-border history education initiatives in the Mediterranean region will be presented and discussed, and on Tuesday the local gymnasium Marseilleveyre will open its doors to us and host breakout sessions on Decolonising Education by Luisa Black (Council of Europe), Culture of Cooperation with History Teaching by John Hamer (Council of Europe) and Europe: Our History by Thomas Serrier and Jakob Vogel and rounds of workshops by partner organizations and participants.
On Wednesday there will be plenty of opportunity to explore Marseille and connect with local French teachers, and Thursday we will be wrapping the week up with the 25th General Assembly, discussion groups, world café and of course, the gala dinner to celebrate 25 years of EUROCLIO.

There is still time to register, the deadline for registrations is 31st of January.

Please do help EUROCLIO by promoting this event amongst colleagues, friends and whoever will be interested in this event!

Mucem in Vieux-Port Marseille. Photo by Lisa Riciotti, provided by Mucem.

Call to fill out Survey: How are the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990’s Remembered?

The Yugoslav wars of the 1990’s are often considered ‘not yet history’. Because the memory of the wars is still relatively recent, they are commemorated in many different ways and have also been widely investigated in connection with transnational justice.

Within the wider context of the project ‘Learning a History that is not yet History’, EUROCLIO – in cooperation with the Internationals Students of History Association (ISHA) – has developed a survey to collect information in order to map how the Yugoslav wars of the 1990’s are currently remembered throughout Europe.

We would kindly like to ask you to help us in our research by filling out the survey. The survey will take about 4-5 minutes, and is completely anonymous. The findings of the survey will be collected and presented at the public event ‘How can Europe help the Balkans ‘consume’ their History’ in Brussels on 18 December 2017.

The findings will contribute to the project ‘Learning a History that is not yet History’ in a broader sense; results from the survey will assist in developing new ways to approach this difficult and sensitive past in the field of European remembrance.

 

Public Consultation on Europeana

EUROCLIO Opportunities, Partners ,

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to hear opinions from culture, education, research and creative sectors, as well as citizens from across Members States regarding Europeana. The Commission would particularly like to hear the experiences and expectations of those who have already used (or could benefit from using) Europeana as a platform for sharing or re-using cultural heritage material. EUROCLIO would thus like to extend the opportunity the wide network of committed educators, researchers, and others in the field of culture, in order to get the most relevant feedback.

The Europeana Foundation is committed to facilitating and promoting access to digital cultural heritage for a variety of audiences and users, including those in the education sphere. The wide access to open-source material provided through the Europeana website can prove invaluable to educators, students, and interested members of the public. The Europeana Collections site provides a platform through which access to a to over 53 million items, (including image, text, sound, video and 3D material) from the collections of over 3,700 libraries, archives, museums, galleries and audio-visual collections across Europe is facilitated in a simple and user-friendly manner.

EUROCLIO and Europeana thus complement each other through the former’s focus on promoting innovative and responsible history education, and the latter’s facilitation of access to digital heritage resources. The relationship between the two organisations looks to contribute to the free and open-access availability of materials for history education, ultimately allowing for the promotion of a more multi-perspective and innovative approach to teaching and learning about the past. The two organisations have worked closely together in the past and continue to collaborate on projects to optimise their relationship and shared goals. This includes the development of Historiana – a resource for the creation and sharing of open, cross-border educational resources which was recently awarded as the best practice in Innovative and Educational Pedagogy at the 2017 Lifelong Learning Awards.

EUROCLIO is thus appealing to the wide range of educators and researchers we work with to respond to this consultation (available in all EU languages) before the 14th of January 2018 in order to contribute to the future development of Europeana. The more input from those “on the ground” so to speak, using the materials and resources in an everyday context, the more likely it is that Europeana can continue to develop as a user-friendly and fit-for-purpose mechanism, and so it would be of great use if you could also share the link among your network with anyone you think would be interested in sharing their opinion.

Call for Applications for Funding: EUROPEANS FOR PEACE

EUROCLIO Opportunities, Uncategorized

The funding program EUROPEANS FOR PEACE  is currently accepting applications for project funding in 2018 and 2019. The program is looking for projects that fit the theme of “celebrate diversity! youth exchange for all” , and applicants are encouraged to involve one or several international partners. Diverse groups are especially encouraged to apply, as The mutual exchange and the acceptance of inclusive and diverse concepts of living are very important to EUROPEANS FOR PEACE.

Applications can be submitted digitally, and the deadline is 22 January, 2018. For more information about the call, and the program itself, visit:  www.europeans-for-peace.de.

Call for Papers: 4th Conference of the International Research Association for History and Social Sciences Education (IRAHSSE)

The  deadline for submitting an abstract to be presented at the 4th Conference of the International Research Association for History and Social Sciences Education (IRAHSSE) in Paris in June 2018 has been extended to November 15, 2017! The theme of the conference is “Citizenship, Identity and Otherness”, which includes challenges of dealing with these issues in education. Read the full Call here!

Proposals should be around 3000 characters and can be sent to airdhss2018@gmail.com by 15 November 2017.

Apply now for a Traineeship at EUROCLIO!

EUROCLIO is now accepting applications for the next round of trainees to join the Secretariat in The Hague from February-July 2018. The traineeship offers the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the inner-workings of an international NGO, while developing a wealth of practical skills.

As a trainee, you will be in contact with a variety of different institutions, donors, funding organisations, and international associations. Your tasks will include communicating with members and partners, participating in the various stages of project development and execution, website management, contributing to the ongoing development of transnational source collections and historical content, and all aspects of office and event management.

University students and recent graduates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply, especially those with a background in history, history education, and/or international relations/cooperation. The deadline for applications is 5 November 2017. Those interested should send their CV and a short motivation letter to Judith Geerling.