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

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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

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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

 

 

The role of NGOs and NGYOs in passing on the remembrance of the Holocaust and the prevention of crimes against humanity

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Sunday 22nd October to Saturday 28th October 2017 both in Krakow and in Oswiecim.

Training seminar in conjunction with the Auschwitz-Birkenau International Centre.

Context:
The passing of the last remaining survivors of this dark chapter in the history of Europe inevitably raises the
question of how we can ensure that remembrance of the Holocaust is kept alive in the absence of those who
witnessed it directly. We therefore need to increase the number of ways of passing on this remembrance.
This can be done by: developing a network of authentic places of remembrance of the Holocaust and of the
Resistance in Europe which have an educational or didactic dimension; ensuring that the Holocaust (including
the diversity of its victims and the role of anti-Semitism in Europe) is taught on school curricula; and continuing
to deepen awareness of history in general. These are challenges for all social stakeholders, including public
authorities and non-governmental organisations, from the local to the European level.

Consistently and over a number of years, the brunt of the struggle for remembrance has been borne by
community associations who refuse to let the historical experience of their community be forgotten or denied.
The purpose of this struggle has been to force states and public authorities to recognise their role in and their
responsibility for the genocide that occurred. In some European countries, this debate is still raw and difficult.
However, this issue, like many others, is integral to how we live together and to our common responsibility to
ensure inclusive societies. It is the future of our democracies that is at stake.

The seminar
In conjunction with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum’s International Centre for Education about
Auschwitz and the Holocaust, the seminar aims to:

  •  Ensure that representatives of NGOs (INGYOs, member associations of the NGO Liaison Committee,
    community organisations, etc.) have a solid, historical knowledge of the Holocaust, the history of
    Auschwitz-Birkenau and the diversity of its victims, including Roma. This will include a visit to the
    camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau and their various blocks;
  • Provide information on the Jewish presence and its traces in Krakow;
  • Promote educational practices relating to remembrance of the Holocaust and the prevention of
    crimes against humanity, particularly in informal educational contexts;
  • Reflect on the specific role of NGOs in passing on the remembrance of the Holocaust and the prevention
    of crimes against humanity, and, more generally, the passing down of knowledge to future generations.

Participants
A maximum of 35 voluntary sector leaders from:

  • Member associations of the NGO Liaison Committee
  • INGYOs, in conjunction with the youth sector
  • Community organisations

A maximum of five representatives from public bodies with an interest in the topic (less specifically in the
remembrance of the Holocaust than in the role of NGOs in passing it on) could also participate in the seminar.
The language of the seminar will be ENGLISH. The Council of Europe will cover the travel costs and boarding
and lodging.

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

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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.

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

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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”

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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

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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.

Online Seminar: How to Promote Historical Thinking Skills Online through Historiana?

 

History educators from around Europe are invited to take part in an online seminar demonstrating an exciting new online learning environment – the Historiana eLearning environment.

EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators, and professional web developers from Webtic, have been working on the development of the new online learning environment, which is aimed at enabling educators to create learning activities in their own language, using and rearranging building blocks specifically designed for history education practice.

The building blocks are designed to help students learn aspects of historical and critical thinking, such as comparing and contrasting sources, making judgements, prioritising, and organising information. This is much needed, as most educational tools focus only on acquiring or testing knowledge (usually in the form of quizzes), or helping students use different media to present information in new ways.

The online seminar will focus specifically on introducing educators to the learning environment. Specifically, it will focus on the building blocks and how they can be used in practice to enhance student’s history thinking skills. The sources used as examples are taken from the Europeana collection.

The online seminar lasts 1hr 30min and is repeated on the following three occasions:

  • Wednesday 23 August 2017, 4:00PM
  • Thursday 24 August 2017, 4:00PM
  • Friday 25 August 2017, 4:00PM

Registration is open now through this link. Places are limited to 25 people per seminar so make sure you register soon to secure your place!

This event is made possible due to support from Europeana.