Call for Papers: Culture Wars – Statues, Flags, Streets and Squares by WPCC

Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture (WPCC) has announced a call for papers in which it welcomes submissions that cover the role of the media in all forms (from public service broadcasting to social media, feature films to advertising) exploring contested representations of symbols and their remediation. 

Flags, emblems, monuments, street names, statues are some of the means by which nations and states promote themselves, both to their own citizens and to the world at large; the public face of our imagined communities. But as they seek to unify, such symbols have often been the occasion for contestation, disagreement, violence even. Empires, systems, regimes rise and fall. Societies change, and with such change comes a reassessment of societies’ symbolic life, as yesterday’s heroes become today’s villains, past triumphs a present embarrassment. The past is continually raked over, re-examined and reinterpreted, with each re-examination argued over. 

  • Deadline for abstracts: 28 June 2021 
  • Deadline for full papers: 30 August 2021

For more information, please check their website: https://www.westminsterpapers.org/news/14/.

Call For Authors: Learning History that is not yet History II

Isa Rodenhuis Opportunities

Call for Authors  

EuroClio’s Learning History that is not yet History (LHH) team is looking for teachers and education  professionals from the former Yugoslavia who would be interested in becoming authors of learning  material about the 1990s wars and the dissolution of Yugoslavia.  

We are accepting applications until 16 August 2021 at 9:00 CEST (applications received after the deadline will not be considered). 

The Project 

This is EuroClio’s second Learning History that is not yet History (LHH) project. Our first LHH project developed recommendations for teaching the events of the 1990s wars in a responsible and multi perspective way, and was awarded the 2019 Global Pluralism Award. Click here to learn more about the first LHH project and its results.  

Working off these recommendations, the team of authors of the LHH2 project will develop ready-to use learning activities and strategies for teachers teaching the 1990s wars in the classroom. These learning activities and strategies will pose questions like: 

  • How can teachers teach events that are not yet considered “history,” but are everywhere in the public sphere?  
  • How can teachers navigate the controversies of students’ personal family stories, contradictory national narratives, and competing ethnic victimhoods?  
  • How can they offer a balanced view of the wars to students while meeting curriculum requirements? 

Click here to learn more about the LHH2 project.  

 

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How to Apply
Please send the following to  

secretariat@euroclio.eu by 9:00 CEST, 16  August 2021 to apply: 

Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages)
✔ Motivation Letter (max 1 page)
Challenge (max 5 pages)
 

All documents must be in English except when otherwise specified.

Challenge 

Authors must have the ability to design a  lesson plan that other teachers can follow and implement. To demonstrate this, please submit a brief lesson plan on the events of  the 1990s in the provided template. You should fill all sections of the template, and describe how your topic is relevant to the  project and can apply to the wider context of  improving education in the region. Please also provide 5 sources. Sources can be in the local languages, but their titles must be translated into English. If you choose to use an Internet source, please include a screenshot that ensures it can be viewed even if the source is taken down.  

The selection will be made mid-September,  based on the eligibility and award criteria (see below). Applicants need to score at least 60 points to be eligible. We will select 12 authors, with a view of representation of the entire region. We may contact applicants if we require more information.  

Thank you for your applications!

Eligibility 

Applicants should be living and working in the region of the former Yugoslavia and have a working level of English and/or BCMS languages. Experience with developing educational resources, an interest and knowledge in history, and motivation to put the LHH recommendations into practice are assets. Please describe in your Letter of Motivation how you meet this profile.  

It is possible to apply as an individual or as a group. Groups must be multinational (maximum one team member per country) and have a designated group leader. The group fee will be the equivalent of the Authors fee + the Contributors fees (see below). The costs for travel and stay will be covered for all team members. Please submit only one challenge and motivation letter per team submission, but a separate CV per team member.  

What we offer: 

This is an opportunity to: 

  • Work in a multinational team on a meaningful and interesting project; 
  • Gain experience in the development of educational resources; 
  • Each team meeting will include training workshops led by field experts, a cultural programme (e.g. museum visits, city tours), and moments for team members to exchange ideas and sources, work together, and discuss issues of teaching recent history; 
  • The costs for participation in the meetings (including travel, accommodation and catering) will be fully covered by the project; 
  • The final work will be designed, edited, and published in multiple languages to be widely disseminated in the region, crediting you as an author; 
  • Each author will receive a fee of 1200 EUR for their work during the entire duration of the project (2021-2023). 

What we expect: 

The learning activities will be developed in teams of Authors overseeing Contributors. As an Author, you would be expected to:  

  • Be responsible for the writing, development, and delivery of 2 learning activities;
  • Oversee a team of contributors for these 2 learning activities; 
  • Contribute sources to one other lesson (overseen by another lead author); 
  • Take part in face-to-face and online working meetings; 
  • Pilot and peer review material developed by other lead authors;
  • Lead a workshop at the end of the project based on the developed learning activities;
  • Be available for the first team meeting 21-24 October 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Lesson development & role of the Contributors 

It is not guaranteed that all lead authors / authors teams will develop the activity that they submitted for the challenge. The topics will be decided once the authors are selected.  

The development of the learning materials will be done as a collaborative process in teams with authors and contributors from all regions. Each team will develop two learning activities. The lead authors / group leaders will help select contributors. Contributors will get a fee of 400 EUR. 

Please indicate in your application whether you would be interested in being a Contributor if you are not selected as an Author.

Eligibility criteria 

  • Currently living and working in the region of the former Yugoslavia (or planning to move there in the very near future).
  • A working level of English and/or BCMS languages.  
  • Complete, correct, and on-time submission. 

Award criteria 

Quality (40 points) is the most important because we need to deliver a high-quality product and because we do not have many means to  work on capacity building in the project: 

  • The quality of the general idea. Is it logical? Is it coherent? Does it make use of an “active work” approach? (10 points)
  • The quality of the writing. Are the ideas clearly and eloquently expressed? Are the learning outcomes easy to understand? (10 points)
  • The quality of the sources. Do they fit the overall idea? Are they suited for the age group? (10 points) 
  • The level of innovation. Is it original? Would it motivate students and teachers to use it? (10 points) 

Relevance (30 points) is very important because we need authors who have a good understanding of what we are doing and make a tangible contribution towards implementing the recommendations: 

  • Relevance for the project. Is the topic about recent Balkan history? Does it support the implementation of the recommendations? (10 points)
  • Transnational relevance. Is this idea relevant for multiple countries in the project? (10 points) 
  • Relevance for curricula. Can the lesson be used within the current curricula? (10 points) 

Motivation (20 points) is important because people who are motivated are more likely to finish their work and continue to be involved after the project has ended: 

  • Personal motivation. Why do you want to be part of this project yourself? (10 points) 
  • Societal motivation. Why do you believe this project is needed for society? (10 points) 

Impact (10 points) is also important because authors with a bigger potential to create impact, can add more to the project, than authors who are not able to create this impact in their communities/regions:  

  • What do you plan to do to share the result of the project beyond the people already involved? (10 points)

Opportunity for EuroClio members: Become a historiana trainer!

Giulia Boschini Opportunities

When it comes to history education, EuroClio has always been a front runner organization for inspiring and empowering teachers to engage learners in innovative and responsible history and citizenship education. One of the long-term Euroclio’s initiatives at the heart of this mission is Historiana. In 2010, Euroclio partnered with Europeana, to co-found Historiana. Since then, Historiana has been an ever-evolving project whose mission is to offer the best possible digital tools for history educators around Europe. 

Historiana works as a digital history textbook of European history. The great advantage of Historiana over its paper counterpart is that thanks to its digital format, it can be constantly updated and improved. Plus, it is eco-friendly! The other advantage of Historiana is that it does not just work as a digital textbook that offers access to thousands of historical sources. In fact, this project would not be possible without the contribution of the Cultural Heritage Institutions, that grant free access to thousands of historical sources. Historiana also works as an interactive platform, which gives teachers the possibility to create e-Learning activities or use ready-to-use ones. These activities have the objective to promote historical thinking skills. 

To promote the use of Historiana, Euroclio is offering to its full, associated and individual members the possibility to follow a a training to become a certified Historiana trainer. Being a certified Historiana trainer means that you will be able to host workshops to support other history educators in their journey to use Historiana in order to promote historical skills among their students. You will play an active role in Euroclio’s mission: promoting historical skills, such as critical thinking and multiperspectivity, and connecting across borders professionals.

If you are interested, it is not too late to become an individual member and learn more about this training! For more information please contact Lorraine Besnier.

Open Position: Senior Advisor in human rights/citizenship education for The European Wergeland Centre

Isa Rodenhuis Opportunities , ,

 

The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) aims to strengthen their newly established Section for Civil Society and Teacher Education. The section is responsible for support to democratic development and strengthening human rights through work with education institutions. It provides a range of projects and initiatives aimed at higher education institutions, teacher training centers, NGOs and other key actors to promote democracy, human rights and inclusion in formal and non-formal education. They are now seeking a qualified Senior Advisor in a permanent position to join their international team.

 

Tasks/responsibilities:

  • To strengthen EWC programming in education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural education.
  • To contribute to the strategic development of the section, in particular in the field of teacher education.
  • To manage EWCs’ education projects in close cooperation with partners and EWC colleagues.
  • To provide expertise and advice on teacher education (initial teacher education and/or ongoing professional development) to the Council of Europe, education authorities and other key stakeholders in the field.
  • To be responsible for the development of project proposals, in cooperation with key stakeholders including education authorities, NGOs, and relevant EWC staff.
  • To work closely and liaise with donors and explore new funding opportunities.
  • To represent EWC at external meetings, events, and sector relevant groups, including delivering presentations/briefings.
  • The position will require some international travel and will report to the Head of Section for Civil Society and Teacher Education.

 

Qualifications/requirements:

  • Higher university degree in a related discipline, at master’s level or equivalent.
  • Professional experience and expertise in teacher education, initial and/or in-service teacher education, including international experience (minimum of 8 years).
  • Solid experience in project management, including financial management.
  • Solid experience in human rights education and/or citizenship education.
  • Experience from working with Norwegian and international donors.
  • Experience in conceptualisation and implementation of training courses is an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Norwegian is required (oral and written).
  • Commitment to EWCs’ vision, mission, and values.
  • Valid work permit

 

Personal qualities:

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Flexible and creative.
  • Attention to detail
  • Goal oriented with the ability to work independently.

 

What do we offer?

  • Enriching and meaningful work in an international dynamic team.
  • Positive and exiting work environment.
  • Possibilities for professional development.
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Good pension agreement and insurance benefits
  • Office space in the city centre of Oslo (next to the Central Station).
  • Salary based on experience and qualification.

We welcome applications from qualified people from all sections of the community in our desire to reflect diversity.

Please submit your letter of interest and CV, both in English, via Finn no later than 5 May 2021.
Note that applications sent per email or post will not be considered.

Here is the link to the offical call.

Call for entries: Medea Awards 2021

For more than 13 years, the MEDEA Awards has been encouraging innovation and good practice in the use of media (audio, video, graphics, and animation) in education. These annual awards recognise and promote excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources and bring to the forefront those producers, designers and teaching staff who provide such inspiration to the entire educational community, particularly in Europe.

The MEDEA Awards were launched in November 2007 and from 2015 onwards, the MEDEA Awards have been supported by the Media & Learning Association. Learn more about the history, aims and participation guidelines here.

MEDEA Awards 2021 are now open again for all media that are produced in the higher education, continuing education, or training sectors, and that are aimed at all types of learners.

Read the official call and submit your entry.

Deadline: 31 May 2021.

Historiana: Winner of the Special Prize for European Collaboration in the creation of Educational Media

EuroClio's educational platform Historiana won the special prize for European Collaboration in the creation of Educational Media in 2012. Historiana is an online multimedia tool that offers teachers and students multi-perspective and comparative historical sources and learning activities: it represents a digital alternative to a European History textbook and promotes the acquisition of cross-border historical knowledge and the development of critical thinking. Learn more about the benefits of the platform for educators and Cultural Heritage Institutes here.

What the judges said

Historiana is an educational website that offers young people free access to quality education materials on history and heritage from a global perspective. The quality of the content provided is very good, the learning objectives are clear and properly addressed.

An interesting initiative, it is aesthetically well designed and user friendly, and presents a holistic critical perspective about historical facts and social consequences. 

It is easy to use and has structured guidance questions that work as a table of contents for every subject.

Since then, a lot has been improved on Historiana: new features were added, new tools, many Source Collections and eLearning Activities. At the moment, Historiana provides access to:

  • 50+ source collections
  • 5 multistranded timelines
  • 14 variety of viewpoints
  • 50 eLearning Activities
  • 100 learning activities
  • 3 modules centered around key moments.

Find out more about why Historiana won the prize here - and have a look at how the platform used to look like by watching this video MEDEA Prize Winner 2012: Historiana - Your Portal To The Past

House of European History: Online Sessions for Teachers

EuroClio Opportunities

The House of European History is organizing two very interesting events:

- How to teach Media Literacy to your classroom

Online info session for teachers - Fake (F)or Real: a History of forgery and falsification

Temporary exhibition at the House of European History running until 31st of October 2021: the exhibition places the concept of ‘’Fake’’ as a common thread throughout history. This information session will provide you with ready-to-use exercises in order to successfully teach Media Literacy to students aged 12 to 18.

Language: English, Dutch or French according to the date

Date and Time

1st session:

  • Thursday, May 6th, 2021 17:00 -18:30 in English
  • Thursday, May 6th, 2021 – 17:00 – 18:30 – in French
  • Tuesday, May 18th 2021 –17.00 -18.30 –in Dutch

2nd session:

  • Thursday, October 7th, 2021 – 17:00-18:30 – in English
  • Thursday, October 7th, 2021 – 17:00-18:30 – in French
  • Thursday, October 7th, 2021 – 17:00-18:30 – in Dutch

Registration: The event is free and will be online, but registration is requested. Please register here.

Learn more about the event here

- The House of European History, a place for learning

Online info session for teachers

The aim of this session is to raise awareness of the influential role that history plays in understanding today's world. Do you wonder how to use the thematic learning resources to create your lesson plans, or are you looking for new tools to teach your students about Europe? During the event, there will be a presentation of the thematic resources that the museum offers for students aged 12 to 18.

Language: English, Dutch or French according to the date

Date and Time

1st session:

  • Monday, May 10th 2021 – 17:00 - 18:00 – in Dutch
  • Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 – 17:00 – 18:00 – in French
  • Monday, May 17th, 2021 17:00 -18:00 in English

 2nd session:

  • Monday, October 11th, 2021 – 17:00 - 18:00 – in Dutch
  • Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 – 17:00 -18:00 – in French
  • Thursday, October 14th, 2021 – 17:00 -18:00 in English

Registration: The event is free and will be online, but registration is requested. Please register here.

Find out more about the event here

Call for Papers: Television and Education

Giulia Verdini Opportunities

How can we look back on television’s long-standing contributions to education in Europe? How can we ‘read’ these historical contributions through the transnational lens of European television? Last, but not least, how can we work towards a future where new television technologies are opened up for learning and education, and digitized historical content can be used both in education and in the formation of teachers and practitioners?

 

VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture welcomes contributions about the roles of television technologies in education - they can take the form of articles and video essays.

Contributions are encouraged from authors with different expertise and interests in media studies, television broadcasting, media literacy, archival studies, from researchers to television professionals, to educators, archivists and preservationists. 

  • Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2021 (max. 500 words)
  • Deadline for papers: 1 September 2021 (3000-6000 words)

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 10 May 2021.

Proposals and inquiries about the issue can be sent to journal@euscreen.eu.

For more information, please check the complete call for papers at the VIEW website.

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Did you know that our project In Europe Schools originates from Dutch broadcasting company VPRO’s TV series called “In Europe”, which was dealing with modern European history? The series turned out to be a source of inspiration for history teachers: they explicitly asked for educational resources based on the series. In Europe Schools made toolkits on difficult history, migration, climate change and gender equality. Learn more about the project and the way it contributes to European integration

Call for Papers: The Environmental Crisis and Education

Andreas Holtberget Opportunities

CALL FOR PAPERS by the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research

The Environmental Crisis and Education
Online | August 23-27, 2021

This year’s conference will explore questions and topics related to education in the face of the
environmental crisis. GEI invites submission of original contributions that draw upon current
theories and innovative methods, in a range of contexts, to illuminate the different aspects and
challenges facing education for sustainable development, particularly in the most severely affected regions.

You can find the complete call for papers and information about the application at the GEI website

Deadline for submission of abstracts: May 15, 2021.

Call for Expression of Interest: Observatory on History Teaching in Europe

Giulia Verdini Opportunities

The Observatory on History Teaching in Europe is launching a call of expression of interests for 11 positions on its Scientific Advisory Council (SAC). In November 2020, the Observatory was established as an Enlarged Partial Agreement of the Council of Europe with the purpose to collect and make available factual information on how history is taught in all participating countries.

The SAC is mandated to ensure the academic, scientific, and methodological quality of the Observatory's work. This call is addressed to experts on history teaching, practitioners as well as academic historians, who wish to be considered for membership of the SAC.

For full information on the role, required competencies and application procedures, please consult the Call for Expression of Interest.

Candidates can submit their applications in English or French by completing the online Application Form; clarifications on the applications procedure can be requested at the following address: OHTE@coe.int.

The deadline for application is 5 April 2021 at 13:00 (CET).

You can find the official call on COE's website.

 

Open Position: Project Management Trainee for Contested Histories project

Alicia Rijlaarsdam Opportunities ,

The Contested Histories team is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated trainee to support case study research, project management, fundraising, administration, mapping, and outreach on the Contested Histories project. Due to the current health and safety regulations of the Netherlands, this is a remote position which may become in-person at the EuroClio office in The Hague if restrictions loosen. 

The IHJR's project Contested Histories is a multi-year initiative intended to address controversies over statues, memorials, street names and other representations of disputed historical legacies in public spaces. The objective of the Contested Histories project is to provide decision-makers, policy planners, educators, and other stakeholders with a set of case studies, best practices and guidelines for addressing historical contestations in an effective and responsible manner. For more information on the Contested Histories project, click here.  

Trainee Responsibilities

In this role, you will work with the Contested Histories Project Manager, Research Coordinator, and team of professional volunteers to ensure the timely and high-quality delivery of the project outputs: 

Case Study Research

  • Revise and edit existing case studies in preparation for publication
  • Condense long-from papers into case studies
  • Write articles or other pieces for publication 
  • Map potential external reviewers and coordinate review
  • Support the development of research & editorial policy guidelines

Project Management & Fundraising

  • Support fundraising activities and the writing of grant applications
  • Support the development of the Academic Committee
  • Coordinate agendas and minutes for meetings, lead discussions during meetings
  • Support the oversight of micro-interns and professional volunteers as necessary
  • Develop promotional materials
  • Support events management for the Contested Histories: Onsite project

Administration

  • Support the maintenance and tracking of research (including contracts)
  • Support participation in mission-relevant panel discussions and events
  • Support the GDPR officer with the organisation of internal documents 

Global Mapping of Cases

  • Monitor media and check Google alerts inbox for mission-relevant news & case updates
  • Support the cleaning of qualitative data for use in the database 
  • Fill out rubrics and Instagram templates for existing cases 
  • Support the development of an ArcGIS platform
  • Identify key players in the field (organisations, journalists, academics) and in related fields such as law, memory, or international relations

Outreach

  • Monitor & engage on mission-relevant topics on the Contested Histories Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter
  • Assist with website development and content
  • Develop concept note for a Contested Histories podcast series

Trainee Qualifications

The ideal candidate would…

  • Be in their final stages of their undergraduate degree or be enrolled in a Master’s or PhD programme with outstanding academic achievement, preferably in the area of history, international relations, or related fields
  • Be fluent in English, additional language comprehension is a plus
  • Have proven project management and academic research (writing and/or editing) skills in English
  • Have some knowledge of WordPress, Canva, ArcGIS, and data-cleaning is an asset
  • Have genuine interest in issues related to contested historical legacies
  • Be flexible and a dedicated team-player 

Please apply by Monday March 22 2021 at 9:00 CET to grace@euroclio.eu with a CV and Motivation Letter outlining your skills, experience, and interest. 

This is a role for a maximum of 6 months, starting 1 April 2021 and ending 31 October 2021. However, if a suitable candidate is not found in time for this starting date, the deadline will be extended and more candidates considered.