10 Oct 2019

"A society where I should be quiet is not a society for me." Interview with Hrvoje Klasić

This summer, historian and EUROCLIO Ambassador Hrvoje Klasic received various death threats in response to his public speaking on television and in newspapers, in which he sought to provide nuance and ask critical questions on Croatian history. Jonathan Even-Zohar reached out to find out more. In the interview, Prof. Klasic talks about his involvement with EUROCLIO and the circumstances surrounding the recent death threats, as well as the situation of history educators in Balkan countries more generally. Since 2003, Hrvoje Klasic works as a university professor at Zagreb University department of History where his main focus area is Cold War history of Yugoslavia between east and west. He is dealing with sensitive pasts, more specifically, World War II, the Communist…
"A society where I should be quiet is not a society for me." Interview with Hrvoje Klasić
History and Courage: The Position of Teachers in Hungary
7 Oct 2019

History and Courage: The Position of Teachers in Hungary

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the TTE (Association of the Hungarian History Teachers), Zsolt István Vódli conducted (and translated) an interview with Mr. László Miklósi, the President of the TTE regarding the growing tensions vis a vis history teaching in Hungary. In a context of growing nationalism and xenophobia, László Miklósi reflects on the policies adopted in Hungary, and the role of the TTE to reverse this development. What are the main challenges for the teaching of history in Hungary today? History teachers, on the one hand, must deal with the difficulties that characterize the situation of Hungarian schools, which means that they work in a centralized, top-down, controlled system. On the other hand, due to the specific situation…
4 Oct 2019

Visibility Matters: Queer History

Teaching Tolerance (2018 - 2019). “Queer America”. In partnership with University of Wisconsin Press. Hosted by Leila Rupp and John D’Emilio. Available on Spotify, Google Music, Apple Podcasts.  Podcasts are a great way to engage with new thoughts and insights, as they are entertaining yet highly informative and always available. All of the above is applicable to the podcasts series produced by Teaching Tolerance named Queer America. Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups in the United States of America and promotes social justice in education. Teaching Tolerance provides teachers with classroom resources and professional development to promote anti-bias education. In this article the podcast series will be reviewed by firstly assessing…
Visibility Matters: Queer History

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27 Sep 2019

Report: Estonian History Teacher Association's summer school

The Estonian History Teacher Association's (EHTA) summer school took place from the 14th  to 16t of August 2019.  EUROCLIO Board Secretary Lars Peter Visti Hansen shares his experience there. Earlier this year, from the 14th of August 2019 to the 16th I was invited to participate in the Estonian History Teacher Association’s (EHTA) summer school. The summer school is a major event in the series of events EHTA organize every year and it has taken place every year since the country (re-)gained its independence. It attracts a large number of EHTA members from all over Estonia and therefore provides a lucky foreigner like me with a chance of meeting teachers at all ages from all over the country. Every year…
Report: Estonian History Teacher Association's summer school
Report: EUROCLIO Summer School in Osijek
26 Sep 2019

Report: EUROCLIO Summer School in Osijek

EUROCLIO’s 2019 5th Regional Summer School: “Diversity and Violence” was held in Osijek, Croatia, August 22-24 2019. EUROCLIO Board Member Denis Detling reports:  In august 2019, the regional cooperation of teachers continued with EUROCLIO Summer School in Osijek under the name: “Diversity and violence: rethinking approaches in history education”. Even though some of the participants were not history teachers, the focus was on new teaching methods in the light of the current reforms of the school systems in the region. This summer school focused on the two great conflicts that happened in this region: World War II and the Croatian War of Independence (Homeland War). More attention was given to the teaching of the Croatian War of Independence, especially on…

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19 Sep 2019

Grant Opportunity – ‘Democracy Needs Imagination’ by the European Cultural Foundation

The European Cultural Foundation – an organization created 65 years ago for the promotion of European unity by encouraging cultural and educational activities – has launched a second round of their Action Grant ‘Democracy Needs Immigration’ The grant aims to support people who are working for European democratic values. People who are fighting for their rights as citizens, for their right to public space and personal freedoms, and for their right to creative expression. Applications are open to individuals or organisations working at a local, national or transnational level and will support imaginative ideas in the fields of arts and culture, media/journalism, citizen actions, education, digital and even across a range of different sectors. This is an ongoing call with…
Grant Opportunity – ‘Democracy Needs Imagination’ by the European Cultural Foundation
19 Sep 2019

What happened in wartime, stays in the archive?

New national pilot in The Netherlands explores the digitisation of the judicial archive of the post-war persecution of collaborators. On Friday 13th September over 100 Dutch archivists, historians and other researchers gathered in Amsterdam at the Trippenhuis, seat of the Royal Academy of Science for a very interesting conference “Connect the Dots”. EUROCLIO asked me to attend as an Ambassador, in particular to see which relevance the content may have for education. Well, in short, not much. Not yet, at least. I did however take plenty of notes and am happy to share these with you if you have a further interest. In this report I’ll illustrate some of the fundamental issues which were presented and debated during a very…
What happened in wartime, stays in the archive?
Learning to disagree: How?
10 Sep 2019

Learning to disagree: How?

Student populations are no longer homogenous in our globalized classrooms, therefore there is an increased likelihood of spontaneous disagreements in the classroom. In light of the project “Learning to Disagree”, EUROCLIO aims to support educators in discussing controversial topics by developing teaching materials and guidelines. This blog post focuses on preparatory work for educators before bringing controversial topics into the classroom. The emphasis is on the importance of awareness about the role of teachers’ beliefs and values, creating a classroom community, and explicit teaching of civic competences. Why teaching to disagree? The Council of Europe reaffirmed its worries about big topics as exclusion, discrimination and polarization in European societies during their conference in 2017. The teaching of civic competences is…
10 Sep 2019

Sharing European Histories meets in The Hague

In today’s diverse society, everyone has its own understanding or interpretation of historical events. The opening up of a space to engage with the dissonant and often conflictual nature of European history is the first step in discovering common positions or overcoming divisions while acknowledging these existing differences. The Sharing European Histories project core goal is to develop innovative teaching strategies for educators across Europe, designed to help young people better understand the different perspectives and the complexities of our shared European past. At this 2nd Meeting of the Sharing European Histories project, EUROCLIO director Steven Stegers emphasised the need to create educational resources and tools which that in fact will be used by teachers. The purpose of the meeting…
Sharing European Histories meets in The Hague

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