18th Michael A. Sant Memorial Lecture

Agustin De Julio Partners

The History Teachers’ Association (Malta) organised the 18th Michael A Sant Memorial Lecture. The lecture dealt with the teaching of history in honor and remembrance of Michael. A. Sant, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, University of Malta, pioneered innovative methodologies in history teaching in line with international developments in the field of history education.

They had the honor to have as the guest speaker, EUROCLIO Ambassador Bistra Stoimenova, lecturer and a teacher trainer in the Department of Information and In-service Teacher Training at Sofia University St Kliment Ohridsky, Bulgaria. The lecture was attended by all Maltese history teachers.

During the M.A. Sant Memorial Lecture two new history textbooks have been launched, edited by Professor Yosanne Vella and published by the HTA (Malta).

Historiana: Building Transnational Source Collections

Historiana Editor-in-Chief, Bob Stradling, recently gave a presentation at our Annual Conference in Poland in which he presented an overview of the development of the Historiana website and ongoing efforts to create more transnational source collections for use by history educators. He began with a retrospective look at the stages of development of the Historiana website. This commenced with the inception of the idea for a website for history educators in the early 2000s and was bolstered in 2013 by the formation of a partnership with Europeana – a collection of online sources from many libraries, archives, museums and other institutions around Europe with over 50 million digitised books, music, artworks and other sources. Historiana’s development continued with the creation of the eLearning Activity Builder and the generation of new content. 

Bob then described the Historical Content Team’s ongoing endeavour to build a transnational source collection on the Russian Revolution. For this project, Europeana sources were supplemented by crowdsourced material from EUROCLIO’s community. The collection remains a work in progress and will be followed by the development of further collections in line with the results of a needs assessment of EUROCLIO members carried out by the Educational Research Institute in Warsaw which identified eleven priority areas for future collections.

The Currents of 20th-Century Culture Motivated by the Political History

EUROCLIO is pleased to announce its partnership with the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) in the new educational project The Currents of 20th-Century Culture Motivated by the Political History. The Project is led and organised by ENRS together with the Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) for International Textbook Research, and with the financial support of the German Federal Government Plenipotentiary for Culture and Media (BKM).

The main goal of the project is to show to the pupils (14-18 years old) the connections between historical facts and culture of the 20th century.

The texts will cover prominent 20th-century movements in art, music, architecture and be written in an accessible, easy to understand language, in a way tailored to the pupils’ needs.

The project will last till August 2018 and the effects will be visible on www.hi-storylessons.eu.

Partners of the project:

the Slovak Institute of National Remembrance; the European Association of History Educators EUROCLIO; Post Bellum, Czech Republic; the Mihálya Fazekasa Elementary and Junior High School, Hungary and CN „I.L. Caragiale” Ploieşti, Romania.

Public Consultation on Europeana

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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.

Help Europeana develop new teaching resources

EUROCLIO Partners

Europeana is currently in the process of developing a new online resource entitled Europeana Migration. This resource will showcase cultural treasures and everyday items relating to migrant heritage, exploring the impact of migration on European arts, science and history.

In order to make sure the most interesting and relevant content for educative purposes is included within the collection, Europeana are asking for the input of the teaching community through a short survey. It should take approximately 10 minutes and it should be filled out before Friday, 20 October 2017. 

You can find the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/europeanamigration 

ENRS Making History Interactive and Engaging through Animation

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) together with the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research have debuted their second animated short film in a series depicting significant moments in 20th-century history. The first short was dedicated to discussing the beginning of the First World War, and in the second, the authors focused on another important event of that era: the Great Crisis of 1929. The video provides us with a coherent and visually refined narration, analysing the reasons for and consequences of the infamous economic crash.

The animations are a part of a bigger project called ‘Hi-story lessons. Teaching & learning about 20th-century European history’, of which EUROCLIO is a partner. Hi-Story Project Coordinator Maria Naimska participated in a panel discussion at EUROCLIO’s 24th Annual Conference in San Sebastian earlier this year on the subject of “Society dealing with the past in History Education”, and there continues to be a great deal of cohesion between the two organisations.

The animations aim to make otherwise complex moments from 20th-century history accessible for young people

Upcoming months will be dedicated to the creation of subsequent animations pertaining to the Marshall Plan, the events of 1968, and the Russian Revolutions. The overarching goal of the project is to explain the complexities of 20th-century history in an interactive and engaging way so as to appeal to young audiences. Both videos are available in 7 language versions (English, Czech, German, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, and Slovak) free of charge, within the framework of Open Educational Resources.

Amongst the professors who worked on the animation are expert in global economic history Prof. Peer Vries,  and author of historical textbooks Prof. Wojciech Roszkowski. The film was created in cooperation with Rzeczyobrazkowe graphic studio. It can be seen on-line at: bit.ly/GreatCrisisAnimation

 

Open Access Book: “History Education and Conflict Transformation” – Mario Carretero

Social representations of history are vital to form a group’s identity. They have a wide social and political impact as they provide some of the cultural contents that accompany identity changes following societal transformations. In Europe, these representations are fragmented between nations or ethnic groups. They elicit group-based emotions that influence behaviours and may lead to intergroup conflicts or reconciliation​

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is Europe’s longest-running intergovernmental framework for cooperation in science and technology funding cooperative scientific projects called “COST Actions”. With a successful history of implementing scientific networking projects for over 40 years, COST offers scientists the opportunity to embark upon bottom-up, multidisciplinary and collaborative networks across all science and technology domains.

Mario Carretero’s new book “History Education and Conflict Transformation” was published within the context of COST Actions. The book touches upon a wide array of subjects such as the effects, models and implications of history teaching in relation to conflict transformation and reconciliation from a social-psychological perspective. Providing an in-depth exploration of the role of historical narratives, history teaching, history textbooks and the work of civil society organizations in post-conflict societies undergoing reconciliation processes. It reflects on the state of the art at both the international and regional level. As well as dealing with the question of the ‘perpetrator-victim’ dynamic, the book also focuses on the particular context of transition in and out of cold war in Eastern Europe and the post-conflict settings of Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine and Cyprus. It is also exploring the pedagogical classroom practices of history teaching and a critical comparison of various possible approaches taken in educational praxis. The book will make compelling reading for students and researchers of education, history, sociology, peace and conflict studies and psychology.

As it is one of the final products of the EU COST Action IS 1025, it’s freely accessible online.

More information on COST Actions can be found here.

Council of Europe – Learning to Live Together: a Shared Commitment to Democracy

EUROCLIO Partners

The Council of Europe has published the outcomes of a conference held in Strasbourg on the 20th-22nd of June this year, where over 400 representatives of governments, education institutions and civil society organisations debated the future of citizenship and human rights education in Europe. The discussion at the conference was based on an earlier report on the same topic, and the results of the conference are succinctly explained in a document outlining the Declaration, Key Actions and Expected Outcomes on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights, which is available to read online.

 

Annual Report of the Network of Concerned Historians

EUROCLIO Partners

History can be a very dangerous occupation. Thanks to the network of Concerned Historians, we can see on an annual basis how much under threat historians and history teachers are across the world. Reading through the 2017 edition of this annual report is a staunch reminder of the public role that history has, and how politicians, democratic or otherwise, are keen to use this role for their benefit. The report touches upon issues related to remembrance as well, including monuments and street names.

The full report is available as a PDF at: http://www.concernedhistorians.org/content/ar.html

Teachers Introduced to Toolbox for Intercultural Learning in Berlin

In the first week of September the EFIL (European Federation for Intercultural Learning) hosted a 5-day training in Berlin, showcasing a recently developed “training toolbox” which aims to expand the intercultural competences of educators.

The main purpose of the toolbox is to encourage school staff to enhance the intercultural dimension of educating practices, and it aims to achieve this through the provision of practical tools and the promotion of existing resources related to intercultural learning.

Henk Bolk participated in the training with headmasters and teachers from various European countries on behalf of EUROCLIO, and came back very enthusiastic:

“I think the toolbox will be very useful. There are ready-to-use tools within the curriculum, cross curricular, for specific subjects etc. All the things we as history teachers like to teach are in it: citizenship, critical thinking, multiperspectivity etc. Every school can use the toolbox according to their own program. My school, the Lorentz Casimir Lyceum Eindhoven, is known for Foreign Trips and Exchange Programs, but nevertheless we look for ‘New Roads’ in Internationalisation and Intercultural Learning”.

In Berlin, the participants were coached on how to give the training in their own countries and to promote the toolbox across Europe. EUROCLIO hopes to further build upon the training at the 25th EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Marseille.

The training tackled questions of how to further enhance intercultural aspects of education