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.

Education for Sustainable Peace – Call for Applications for the 2018/19 Georg Arnhold Visiting Research Professorship

EUROCLIO Opportunities, Partners

The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig, Germany, invites applications for the 2018/2019

Georg Arnhold Visiting Research Professorship in Education for Sustainable Peace

The Visiting Research Professorship aims to promote research on education for sustainable peace. Its focus lies on educational media and curricula at secondary school level in postconflict or transitional societies. The appointment for a three- to six-month research stay in Braunschweig offers distinguished scholars from the humanities, political and social sciences, education sciences or law the opportunity to conduct research projects or to complete major publications without teaching or administrative obligations. The professorship is endowed with a monthly stipend of up to 6,500 euro and a round-trip airfare to Germany as well as administrative assistance in Braunschweig.

Applicants must demonstrate outstanding professional achievement in their field, should hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and have excellent knowledge of English. Individuals with equivalent expertise, such as from extensive high-level international experience in government or non-governmental organizations or in international organizations may also be eligible. In exceptional cases, applications may be considered from practitioners who do not hold a Ph.D. but with at least five years of advanced professional experience in the area of peace education and who can demonstrate that their work and/or research has made an exceptional impact in the field of peace education.

A detailed description and information about the program and the application process are available from our website: http://bit.ly/ArnholdProfessorship.

Each application should include a cover letter providing evidence of the quality of the candidate’s scholarship and expertise, a description of the research project or book the candidate wishes to develop in Braunschweig, a full CV, a sample of the applicant’s current scholarly writing (a book chapter or article) and a completed application form (available from our website).

Please send all application documents in a single PDF with the file name “Last name, First name_Application Arnhold” to arnhold@gei.de. For further information, please contact the program coordinator Katharina Baier (arnhold@gei.de, Tel.: +49 [0] 531-59099-226).

The application deadline is October 1, 2017.

The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Member of the Leibniz Association, located in Braunschweig, Germany, is an academic center of excellence that conducts research on educational media in their political, social, and educational contexts. Its library holds an outstanding collection of international school textbooks in history, geography, social sciences, and religious education. The Institute also acts in an advisory and mediatory capacity regarding textbook-related issues.

Are you interested in the Russian Revolution? Join the Historiana team (at EUROCLIO’s conference in St. Petersburg)!

After completing the modules on the First World War and being almost ready with the Second World War, EUROCLIO and the Historical Content Team of Historiana have started working on a module on the Russian Revolution, for which we are now looking for voluntary contributors. The ideas from the historical content team about this modules, so far, can be found below in the mission statement.

The development of the module will be done as part of an online collaboration, with regular online meetings to discuss the content and plan the work. However, three selected contributors, will be invited to go to EUROCLIO’s conference in St. Petersburg on ‘Revolutions in Contemporary history’, which is held on 27 and 28 October 2017, and asked to co-organise a workshop on the Historiana module. All costs (including travel, fee and stay) for these contributors will be covered.

If you are interested to join the team, and to contribute to the module on the Russian Revolution, please

  1. Select one the key questions that are listed below.
  2. Make a PowerPoint presentation (written in English), with up to 10 sources, that help to answer the selected key question. Please include references, copyright information, and the place (e.g. URL) were the source was found. Ensure that there is enough information available for those, who are not specialised in the Russian Revolution, and who don’t understand any other language than English, to make sense of the source.
  3. Indicate if you are interested and able to join the conference in St. Petersburg. If you do, also add a written rationale (up to 1 page) about the selection of source you made.
  4. Send these files to steven@euroclio.eu before 17 August 2017.

The Historical Content Team will decide who to invite to join the conference in St. Petersburg, based on the quality and relevance of the selected sources and the accompanying text, how transnational and multiperspective the selection is, and the rationale for the selection.

Everybody who contributed sources, will be invited to join the online meetings of the team working on the Russian Revolution module, and acknowledged as contributor to the module on Historiana.

 

Mission Statement for the Russian Revolution Module (written by Bob Stradling)

The October Revolution not only had major consequences for Russia and the territories of the deposed Tsarist regime. It inspired communist and radical movements across the world, provoked revolutions and uprisings in other countries and was often used by reactionary forces in other countries to justify authoritarian rule. The Soviet regime which emerged out of the revolution and survived the Civil War had a profound impact on the foreign policies of all the major powers for most of the twentieth century, and, after the Second World War, also influenced nationalist and anti-colonial movements in Africa and Asia. Above all, the post-revolutionary tensions between the Soviet Union and the other major world powers from 1928 onwards, shaped international relations for much of the 20th century, and particularly during the Cold war era.

Historiana is committed to providing history teachers and their students with access to source material that will help them to view major global events in a transnational way and from multiple perspectives.

At the international level we want to look at how the Revolution and the developments which followed were perceived in other countries. Here we would include not only the major powers such as the United States, Japan, Britain and France, but also neighbouring countries in eastern and central Europe and countries such as China and the nationalist movements of colonial Asia and Africa.  There is a tendency in textbook coverage of the Russian Revolution to only focus on foreign reactions in terms of the interventions on the side of the Whites in the Civil War. We want to widen this perspective and, in part, this means recognising that the reaction of national governments is only one dimension and does not necessarily reflect public opinion or, more specifically, the perspectives of workers’ movements, trade unions, the intelligentsia, demobilised soldiers, and so on. For example, American public opinion was strongly in favour of the February 1917 Revolution. It fitted their idea of a revolution – the poor rising up because they do not have enough to eat and overthrowing an autocratic tyrant.  American opinion changed after the October Revolution, mainly because of the fear that the Bolsheviks would either take Russia out of the war or switch sides.  Even so, US Congress voted to provide Russia with $20 million dollars of aid to provide Russians with food and other essentials. In Germany, France and Italy large numbers of  socialists and trade unionists sided with the Bolsheviks (e.g. at that time Mussolini, a leading member of  the PSI, was pro-Bolshevik).

Similarly, within Russia and then the Soviet Union it was never a simple division between the Reds and the Whites. Even within the Bolsheviks, for example, there were those who believed that this was the time for the proletariat, represented by the Bolshevik faction, to seize power while others believed that this was a bourgeous revolution to introduce democracy which would eventually create the conditions for a socialist revolution. As one historian has observed, The revolution inspired hopes, fears and disappointments “for different groups such as peasants, workers, soldiers, non-Russian nationalities, the intelligentsia, men and women, and young people” (Smith 2002, p.2).

This brings us to the key questions underpinning the thinking behind this planned Unit:

 

Key questions raised by the module

  1. What did the Russian Revolution(s) of 1917 mean to people living in the former Russian Empire at the time?
  2. What did these Revolution(s) mean to people living outside the Soviet Union in

(a) neighbouring states;

(b) the world powers and

(c) other countries facing similar social and political conditions?

  1. How have perceptions about the October Revolution changed over time:
  2. What did the Revolution mean to Soviet citizens in the 1930s, during the Second World War and during the Cold War era?
  3. What meaning and significance does the Revolution have for people now, both within the countries of the former Soviet bloc and globally?

iii. How, if at all, has the Russian Revolution shaped people’s perspectives about:

  • the processes of economic and political change within their own countries?
  • international relations?

Call for Applications for Youth, Peace and Security European Regional Consultation in Brussels

EUROCLIO Opportunities, Partners

As part of a series of regional consultations organised within the framework of the progress study on Youth, Peace and Security, mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 (2015), a European consultation on Youth, Peace and Security will be organised by the European External Action Service, in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the European Youth Forum and the European Partnership for Children and Youth in Peacebuilding (the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, World Vision International and Search for Common Ground).

The consultation will take place in Brussels, Belgium from 25 to 27 September 2017, and will be part of a global effort to bolster action on the UN Security Council Resolution 2250 that calls for a greater role for young people in strengthening peace and security. The discussions from various regional consultations, and other discussions with young people throughout the world, will feed into the progress study highlighting the positive contribution of young people to peacebuilding. The progress study will be presented to the UN Security Council and Member States in early 2018. The European consultation in Brussels will comprise of strategic peer to peer discussions among 40 selected young people from the region.

The Youth, Peace and Security European Regional Consultation is open to young people between the age of 15 and 29 who are active, enthusiastic and invested in promoting peace and security across the European Union, the countries of the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) and the Western Balkans (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo) to help discuss and orient the role of youth in sustaining peace in their communities and countries. All expenses, including travel and accommodation, of the selected participants will be provided for.

The selection of participants will be made based on motivation and experience, with the majority coming from youth-led organisations. The organisers will ensure balance in terms of age, gender, geography and diversity among selected participants. All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, 2 August 2017 at 6 pm (Brussels time).

Find more information here. Interested persons can apply via the official webpage.

Apply for the International School “Poland and Central and Eastern Europe”

EUROCLIO Opportunities, Partners

The College of Eastern Europe, in cooperation with the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, and the Ossolinski National Institute, with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, is organising the International School “Poland and Central and Eastern Europe”. This School is dedicated to people writing about Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. It comprises lectures and study visits to Warsaw, Bialystok, Cracow, and Wroclaw, and is an excellent opportunity to meet Polish scholars, social and civil society activists as well as representatives of public administration. It offers a chance to learn more about Polish history and culture in terms of the co-existence of different cultures and religions— Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. The organisers are now inviting interested persons to apply for this International School!

The stay in Poland for this School starts on 1 October 2017 in Warsaw and ends on 12 October 2017 in Wroclaw. It is dedicated to young historians, social scientists, journalists, and social activists of Polish and Central European history. It is open to people from Western and Eastern Europe, the USA, Canada, Israel, Caucasus, Japan, and China. The language of instruction is English. Participants should be under 40 years old, and each participant will be required to publish a text on a topic covered during the School, within six months following the School.

Candidates are asked to complete the electronic application form. The deadline is 15 August 2017. More information can be found here.

Call for Applications: KAICIID International Fellows Programme 2018

EUROCLIO Opportunities, Partners

The International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) is inviting applications from education professionals working in institutions that train future religious leaders to take part in the 2018 KAICIID International Fellows Programme.

The International Fellows Programme is a one-year learning and training programme, starting in January 2018, that brings together religious teachers for in-person and online training in dialogue, mediation and promoting social cohesion. KAICIID will select twenty fellows from around the world to participate this year-long course.

The aim of the Fellows Programme is to empower institutions that train future religious leaders by providing capacity-building to select teachers, and to facilitate dialogue encounters by giving these teachers the tools, experience, networks and knowledge to pursue inter-religious dialogue and further be able to prepare their own students to become facilitators and leaders in inter-religious dialogue. In addition to inter-religious dialogue training, the fellows will also learn how to train their own students in conflict transformation so as to be active peace practitioners in their respective communities.

Click here for more information or to apply. The deadline is 31 July, 2017.