Register Now for EuroClio Annual Conference in Belfast

2016 marks the centenary of two important events in Northern Ireland History, namely the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme. Both events have come to be seen as key moments in the history of both sides of a divided society. How these issues, amongst others, are taught can provide a number of obstacles for teachers to address. How can we teach controversial history in a responsible manner?

EuroClio (Inspiring History and Citizenship Educators) is inviting you to register in the 23rd EuroClio Annual Conference Professional Development and Training Course on ‘Reimagining Remembrance. Dealing with the Legacy of a Violent Past in History and Heritage Education’ in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The conference will run from the 19th until 24th March 2016.

Educators from all over the world are invited to apply to participate in one of the most significant history education conferences in Europe.

The conference aims to explore this question through an active programme which will engage the participant in workshops, dialogue tables, open spaces, on-site study visits, public debates and reflective and interactive panels. The core group of teachers and heritage educators will be involved in activities that will empower them to engage their students and other target groups in critical debate from multiple perspectives. For questions please contact Aysel Gojayeva (Project Manager).

Visit the conference page for more information about the conference fee and practical information or download the preliminary programme below.

Compete in the first Historiana Competition and Win a Ticket to Belfast

EuroClio announces a competition on the conference theme of the Annual Conference 2016 in Belfast. The idea behind the Historiana competition is to encourage educators to find practical ways to overcome a common challenge for history, heritage and citizenship educators. The challenge for the 1st edition is to create learning activities that help to address stereotypes by teaching sensitive history in divided societies.

The winner of the competition will be invited to give a workshop at the EuroClio conference on “Reimagining Remembrance & Dealing with the Legacy of a Violent Past” in Belfast on 19-24 March 2016. All history, heritage and citizenship educators, teacher trainers and trainee teachers can submit a contribution. The deadline for submission is Monday October 12, 2015. For questions please contact judith@euroclio.eu.

Call for Participation for 23rd EuroClio Annual Conference at Belfast!

EuroClio (Inspiring History and Citizenship Educators) is delighted to announce the official Call for Participation for the 23rd EuroClio Annual Conference Professional Development and Training Course on ‘Remembering the Difficult Past through History and Heritage Education’ in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The conference will run from the19th until 25th March 2016. Educators from all over the world are invited to apply to participate in one of the most significant history education conferences in Europe.

Click here to view the programme outline, background information and information on fees/logistics.

The conference is registered at Erasmus+ catalogue. Find out if your institute has received an Erasmus+ grant which can support your participation at the conference. Visit the official Catalogue here.

For queries, contact Aysel Gojayeva ( aysel@euroclio.eu)

World War I on Historiana, get involved

In the March Newsletter it was announced that Historiana will be participating in a new project, Europeana Creative. Our involvement is with the pilot project on history education where we are working with our web design partner, Webtic, to develop a range of e-learning activities which will make use of some of the historical sources that can be found on the Europeana database. The development work has now begun and we will be hoping to involve some of you in piloting these activities with your students in the early autumn.

It is intended that these learning activities will be transferable so that we could employ them on Historiana with a wide variety of historical events and developments. However, clearly we cannot develop them in a vacuum so we have decided that in the first phase of the project we will focus on development of interactive learning activities within the context of World War I.

This was an obvious choice for Historiana. First, it is a topic covered in most school history curricula in Europe and, therefore, a development priority for us. Second, there is a lot of source material relating to the war on the Europeana database. This includes many hours of newsreel coverage, photographs, propaganda posters, postcards and letters sent home by members of the armed forces, military dispatches, newspaper coverage, and so on.

Work has also begun on developing a module on World War I to support these activities, including an animated time map, a timeline of key events and evidence-based information on the causes and consequences of the war. One of our main aims here is to provide history educators and their students with multiple perspectives on the war: not just different national perspectives (although that will be important) but also material reflecting the different perspectives and experiences of the soldiers at each front; the different ways newspapers covered the war and how the news was received on the home fronts; how the war was perceived in non-combatant countries; and how governments reacted to events and developments during the war.

To do this we need your help. If you would like to contribute source material relating to any of these perspectives, please contact Steven Stegers at: steven@euroclio.eu