New Eurydice Report: Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017

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There has been a strong focus in recent years on the promotion of citizenship education, as a result of the increasing threats to fundamental values such as peace, equality and human rights Europe is faced with, and several countries are making changes to their policies in this area. But what is citizenship education? How is it taught? How are students evaluated? Can citizenship skills be developed outside the classroom? What training and support do teachers receive?

Eurydice’s new Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017 report tackles these questions and more, providing an overview of the existing regulations and recommendations regarding citizenship education in public sector schools. It outlines the state of play on four main topics, each of which is complemented by a case study:

 

  • Curriculum Organisation and Content
  • Teaching, Learning and Active Participation
  • Student Assessment and School Evaluation
  • Teacher Education, Professional Development and Support

 

The full report can be found here.

eTwinning Annual Conference 2017 – eTwinning: Turning Inclusion Into Action

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From 26-28 October the eTwinning Annual Conference 2017 took place in Malta. EUROCLIO ambassador Miljenko Hajdarovic attended the conference and hosted a workshop on the practical use of Historiana.

The focus of the eTwinning Annual Conference 2017 was to share how eTwinning can raise the capabilities of schools to address three main factors of exclusion: cultural differences, educational difficulties and geographical obstacles which continues the work of promoting ‘and non-discrimination through education’. Around 600 teachers from around Europe, most of them language teachers and STEM, attended the conference in Malta.

The aim was to show how eTwinning can turn inclusion into action via specific international projects, professional development opportunities and most important, by networking of teachers amongst each other, to strengthen professional relationships and form an inclusive community.

The workshop slot for EUROCLIO was the last one in the afternoon and after an introductory presentation by Miljenko Hajdarovic, all attendees of the workshop participated in a discussion on the use of Historiana.

The entire event was live streamed, and parts of the conference are uploaded on YouTube.

Participants of the EUROLIO workshop discuss the practical use of Historiana (image by Miljenko Hajdarovic)

Historiana Named Best Practice in Education and Innovation Pedagogy

Historiana was recognised as the “Best Practice In Education and Innovation Pedagogy” at a ceremony in the House of European History on Tuesday, as part of the Lifelong Learning Week in Brussels, organised by the Lifelong Learning Platform and the European Youth Forum. The overarching theme of the week is “Education in a Digital World”, with seminars on issues such as the potential for using Smartphones in the classroom, and how to make learning inclusive and accessible for all in the digital age.

The award was presented by Indre Vareikyte of the European Economic and Social Committee, who was very enthusiastic about the platform and its ability to make history education more accessible across Europe. EUROCLIO Programme Director Steven Stegers was in Brussels to collect the award, and used the opportunity to draw attention to EUROCLIO’s push – with COMMUNIA and the Lifelong Learning Platform itself – for copyright reform in the EU, in response to a directive that – in its current form – has the potential to limit the ability of educators to produce and share learning materials in a trans-national context, thus severely impacting the efficacy  and future development of Historiana.

Call for Applications for Funding: EUROPEANS FOR PEACE

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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.

Call for Applications for the Georg Eckert Institute’s Research Fellowships 2018

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The Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) is inviting applications for research fellowships for 2018. The aim of the fellowships is to support and promote academic work in the fields of textbook and educational media research. Applications are welcome from doctoral candidates and established academics, as well as individuals both in Germany and around the world who work on textbook composition, for textbook publishers or whose didactic work influences curricula and textbooks. The GEI grants enable recipients to spend a dedicated period using the research library and meeting with colleagues to exchange ideas and information. The respective research project must be linked to the collection held in the GEI research library.

Research fellows receive a monthly grant of 1,000 EUR. Fellowships generally cover stays from two to a maximum of four weeks. Travel allowances may be payable to fellowship recipients who have to travel a long distance, providing funds are available. Applicants that intend to apply for a travel allowance must state this in their application. The allowance covers up to 50% of the grant holder’s travel expenses, to a maximum of 500 EUR when funds are available.

This year we are particularly seeking applications from Ukrainian candidates, as additional grants are available through the Marga und Kurt Möllgaard-Stiftung a foundation within the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.

Established academics or educational practitioners are also invited to apply for the Otto Bennemann Grant, which provides recipients with 2,000 EUR a month.

The deadline for applications is 15th September 2017. Applications should comprise the following documents, sent as one PDF document to fellowship@leibniz-gei.de:

  • the completed application form,
  • a brief curriculum vitae detailing the candidate’s professional background and/or academic career to date, current position and language skills (max. two pages),
    a list of the five most relevant publications
  • an outline of the project detailing the research subject, aims and methodology (max. 3 pages),
  • a list of literature (bibliography) in the GEI collection that the applicant wishes to consult during his or her stay,
  • a schedule of the work planned during the stay at the GEI.

Fellowship holders must spend the period covered by the grant residing in Braunschweig, Germany. Accommodation may be available in the guest rooms or apartments provided by the Association of Friends and Supporters of the GEI.

Further information regarding the application process, including the application form to download, is available here.

Further information on the Otto Bennemann Grant can be found here.

Call for Papers for European Network Remembrance and Solidarity’s (ENRS) conference “Image, History and Memory” (Warsaw, 6–8 December 2017)

“Genealogies of Memory” is a programme led by the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) which aims at facilitating the academic exchange between Central and East European scholars of individual and collective memory, and intends to promote the region’s study of memory among the broader international academic community.

They are holding a conference within the “Genealogies of Memory” programme in Warsaw, 6-8 December 2017, aimed at promoting an interdisciplinary discussion of the relationships between image, history and memory. The conference will be the 7th edition of their “Genealogies of Memory in Central and Eastern Europe” programme.

The “Genealogies of Memory” project are welcoming paper proposals from the fields of art history, history, sociology, cultural studies, political science and others for the conference. The papers should address images in their various roles: as witnesses to history, as means of materializing memories, as active creators of history or as producers of the contents of memory.

To apply to present a paper at the conference, please send (a) your abstract (300 words) along with your presentation title and if possible the panel topic, as well as (b) a short bio to: genealogies@enrs.eu.

For more details about the call for papers click here.

Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2017

The House of European History is opening its doors to the public on Saturday 6 May – Visit the museum and change your perspective on European history

This new museum, situated in Parc Léopold in the European quarter of Brussels, will offer a new and thought-provoking way of seeing and understanding the history of the continent and the development of European integration. The main exhibition, available in 24 languages, together with the first temporary exhibition in 4 languages on the theme of ‘Interactions – centuries of commerce, combat and creation’, takes a transnational perspective on history and invites visitors to reflect critically on historical events and experiences, considering their meaning for today and for the future. The principal focus of the permanent exhibition is on European history of the 19th and 20th centuries, while also delving into Europe’s roots and exploring in detail the context and evolution of European integration. A project under the auspices of the European Parliament, the House of European History aims to become, over time, a place of debate and exchange about history, with a range of events and learning programmes.

Learning at the House of European History is an exploration of the diverse experiences and common ground of the peoples of Europe in the past, and an assessment of their significance in today’s world. The learning offer of the museum starts with contemporary situations or problems and facilitates an approach where learners make meaning for themselves. The museum offers a vast array of activities and resources available for teachers and students who either visit the House of European History onsite or online. Activity sheets, guided tours and hands-on workshops are available in Dutch, German, French and English for primary and secondary schools visiting the museum. They stimulate personal engagement, critical reflection and open-minded discussion on the contents of the exhibitions. Activities for the classroom supplemented by a wide range of visual resources including photographs, written testimonies and videos, will become progressively available in 24 languages on the House of European History website. Centred on a series of key thematic areas, these materials can be easily adapted to use in connection with curriculum content in diverse national contexts.

To learn more about the project, the learning programmes and book a visit for a group (more than 10 people), you can visit the House of European History website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Admission and learning programmes are free of charge.
• Address – in the Parc Léopold, behind the European Parliament main complex:
House of European History
Rue Belliard / Belliardstraat 135
1000 Brussels
Belgium

• Opening hours (from 7 May onwards)
Monday 13.00–18.00
Tuesday – Friday 9.00–18.00
Saturday – Sunday 10.00–18.00

• Closing dates: 1 January,1 May, 1 November and 24, 25 and 31 December

• General enquiries: historia@ep.europa.eu
• Learning team: historia-learning@ep.europa.eu

Europe for Citizens Consultation and Web-based Survey

In 2017, the Europe for Citizens programme (2014-2020) has reached the mid-point of its programme period and is therefore asking all its beneficiaries and all involved individuals to partake in a public consultation. EUROCLIO encourages those within our community who have been involved with the programme to partake in the consultation. Our community has greatly benefitted from the remembrance programme both through projects and operating grants.

This public consultation has been launched on 9 January on Your Voice in Europe (see: http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/consultations/index_en.htm) and on the DG HOME’s website (see: https://ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/content/public-consultation-mid-term-evaluation-europe-citizens-programme-2014-2020_en). The consultation’s deadline is 10 April, and its primary arims are to collect views and opinions on the results and impacts of activities and projects co-financed by the Europe for Citizens programme between 2014 and 2016. Contributions are sought from individuals, programme stakeholders, public authorities, civil society, beneficiaries and non-successful applicants.

In addition, a mid-term external evaluation in the form of an online survey has also been launched. It is aimed at collecting the first-hand experiences of the programme from three different stakeholder groups: action grant beneficiaries, operating grant beneficiaries and non-successful applicants. The detailed survey, can be accessed here: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/EFCP.

Special Report on “History Education for Peace in East Asia and Europe” Conference Now Available

In July 2016 EUROCLIO hosted an History NGO Forum for Peace in East Asia conference “Teaching for Peace: History in Perspective”. It addressed international relations, history education and civil society in establishing sustainable peace in East Asia in a dialogue with Europe. The three day conference was organised in The Hague, Leiden, and Utrecht and gathered almost 100 scholars and educators from both Europe and Asia to discuss the themes of Historical Justice in Europe and East Asia, Addressing the History of Colonialism and World War II in Europe and East Asia, and Teaching Global History in the 21st Century.

Special report of the conference by Minuk Nam, PhD candidate in Korean Studies at Leiden University/LIAS in the Netherlands, is now published on the event page. The presentations during Teaching for Peace conference touched upon many questions dealing with nationalism, Euro-centrism, colonialism, and multiperspectivity, and in her report Ms. Nam reflects her own experiences in teaching history of East Asia in Netherlands, and the role of the teacher in bringing light to controversial narratives.

Find the report on the event page:

2016 International Conference on History Education for Peace in East Asia and Europe