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. 

Final Conference: Remembrance Education for Thinking Critically

Giulia Verdini Opportunities

The three-day conference is part of the RETHINK project and will discuss the meaning of Remembrance Education and how to bring it to the classroom.

As the aim of the project is to support inclusive education by shedding light on the historical significance of polarised identities and providing educators with tools to combat intolerance and challenge prejudices, with this final conference we want to promote the project results towards educational institutions and other learning providers, policymakers and stakeholders at European level.

 

Dates and sessions’ content:

2 March 2021 (10AM-1PM CET)

  • What is Rethink? (Clément Bardoux, France Education International – Coordinator Rethink Project)
  • Presentation of the Rethink database (Morgane Knepper – Mémorial de la Shoah)
  • Launch of the Rethink Network (Isabelle Diependaele – Kazerne Dossin)
  • Never Again is Now Again: Historical Persistence of Collective Violence and Critical Thinking in Remembrance Education (Nena Močnik – PhD)

 

3 March 2021 (4PM-6PM CET)

  • Connecting to session 1 (Isabelle Diependaele – Kazerne Dossin)
  • The case of bringing Remembrance Education to the class room (Wouter Sinaeve)
  • Presentation Rethink Teachers’ Guide and E-learning platform (Alice Modena – EuroClio, Alessia Valenti – CESIE)

 

4 March 2021 (10AM-1PM CET)

  • Connecting to session 2 (Isabelle Diependaele – Kazerne Dossin)
  • Introduction of the panel: Remembrance education in practice: Voices from different fields (Alice Modena & Catherine Savitsky – EuroClio)
  • How can we present a difficult past in a way that it is meaningful today? (Prof. Dariusz Stola)
  • How to bring Theory into Practice? (Maarten Van Alstein – PhD)
  • Remembrance education – The role of public authorities (Jean-Philippe Restoueix)
  • Presentation of Rethink’s policy recommendations (Isabelle Diependaele – Kazerne Dossin)

More information

For additional information on the project and more details about the conference, visit RETHINK's website.

Call for Applications: Member of the EuroClio Board

Then, we encourage you to apply to become a Member of the EuroClio Board. To apply, please read carefully this document, and fill in the form that you can find at this link by Thursday 25 February at 13:00 CET.

The EuroClio Board

As a member-driven organization, EuroClio is led by a General Assembly, an elected international Board of volunteers (governance experts and history educators) and run by a professional Secretariat. The Board acts as a Supervisory Board, tasked with the overall responsibility for governing the organisation and to ensure wide and successful implementation of its core mission.

The Board supervises the work of the Director, who manages the Secretariat. The Board and Secretariat work together in a Finance and a Membership Committee and meet at least 3 times a year.

Board roles include:

  • Fundraising beyond the “traditional” public (at present mainly EU) grants;
  • Working with the Secretariat and members to develop and deliver our vision;
  • A supervisory role overseeing the Secretariat in a monitoring and accountability role;
  • Maintaining member relations and building individual membership.

The EuroClio Board is composed of 5 members, who are elected for a period of 3 years, with the possibility to be re-elected once. On 10 April 2021, current EuroClio President Riitta Mikkola will terminate her second mandate, and a new Board Member will be elected by the General Assembly.

What are we looking for

We are looking for Members of the EuroClio Board that are:

  • Practicing History Educators with a special interest in promoting critical and historical thinking skills;
  • Experienced in the governance of local history teachers’ associations;
  • Committed to the promotion of EuroClio’s Mission and Vision as expressed in the EuroClio Manifesto;
  • Interested in contributing to steer EuroClio’s activities and strategies in the coming years;
  • Able to join regular online and in person meetings, for a minimum of three in person meetings per year (under regular conditions);
  • Able to represent EuroClio at national and international events;
  • Additional governance or fundraising experience is an asset.

However, please do not be afraid to apply even if you do not tick all the boxes. EuroClio is first and foremost interested into education, and we will be glad to help you learn more about the Association’s governance and the work of the Board.

What do we offer to Board Members?

  • The possibility to participate in international Board Meetings, including visits to EuroClio Members and Partners Across Europe;
  • The possibility to participate in the EuroClio Annual Conference throughout the mandate as a Board Member;
  • A view of how are EuroClio activities and strategies established and managed;
  • The possibility to steer EuroClio toward the future;
  • The possibility to join one of the Board Committee, gaining specific experience on (1) finances, (2) members and policy management, (3) fundraising.

How to apply

To apply, please fill in the Board Application form that you can find at this link by Thursday 25 February at 13:00 CET.

In the form, you are asked to touch upon:

  • Your biography;
  • How you would contribute to EuroClio’s work;
  • Your relevant fields of expertise, including in governance.

The Selection Process

Board Members are selected by the General Assembly. In 2021, the selection process will follow these steps:

  • The EuroClio Secretariat will collect applications until Thursday 25 February at 13:00 CET;
  • Applicants will be contacted by the Secretariat should any follow up information be needed, by Friday 05 March;
  • Relevant information on the applicants (biography and motivation) will be published in the official documents of the General Assembly, on Wednesday 10 March;
  • The voting procedures will take place during the General Assembly, which will take place online on Saturday 10 April, starting from 14:00 CET. We will elect ONE Board Member;
  • The newly elected board member will be invited to join the first Board Meeting, which will take place in the week following the General Assembly (12-18 April).

More information

For additional information on the EuroClio Board, visit the EuroClio website. For more information on the application procedure, reach out to Alice Modena at alice@euroclio.eu. For more information on the role and responsibilities of a Board Member, reach out to Board President Riitta Mikkola at riitta.mikkola@nic.fi.

The Pilecki Project

Instytut Pileckiego wishes to announce the launch of “The Pilecki Project” - a new educational initiative about Witold Pilecki. He volunteered to infiltrate Auschwitz, where he witnessed and reported on the beginnings of the Holocaust. His reports from the camp reached the Allies in London. After escaping from Auschwitz and surviving the war, Pilecki went on to fight against the communist takeover of Poland.

The Pilecki Project was created by the Pilecki Institute in cooperation with the Polish National Foundation.

The participants of the Pilecki Project will have the opportunity to:

  • explore the story of Witold Pilecki and the events that shaped him
  • learn or improve their digital skills by working on their original videos, animations or podcasts
  • practice cooperation, dialogue, planning and systematic implementation of tasks
  • analyze different types of sources and learn to utilize the newly gained information.

Who can take part in the project?

High school, college and university students from the United States and Canada. Gather a group of friends to start a Pilecki Team, with which you will embark on the Pilecki Project adventure. You can also choose to work alone. Underaged participants will be required to submit a declaration signed by their parents or legal guardians.

What is the main task?

The final result of the project will be your original digital piece, created in the form of your choosing:

  • video
  • animation
  • podcast

Sign up on the website: https://instytutpileckiego.pl/pl/wydarzenia/the-pilecki-project

Deadline: 9 February 2021

 

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