29 Jun 2020

How can we facilitate the use of Europeana's digital collections in History education?

In Digital innovation in History Education – a Field Research on Needs Assessment, EuroClio conducted a survey targeting history educators in order to conclude on the following questions: The sources What kind of sources are history educators looking for? Why do they select the sources they select? Why are they not selecting the sources they do not select? 2. Search optimization What are the search words that history educators are using? Which of the advanced search options are history educators using? The findings of this research are briefly mentioned below.   Items with adequate, comprehensible descriptions are 58% more likely to be included in a lesson. Out of the sources that the teachers selected, 79% had a long, meaningful, and easy to understand…
How can we facilitate the use of Europeana's digital collections in History education?
The Contested Histories Project:  A response to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities’ open letter on symbols in public spaces
24 Jun 2020

The Contested Histories Project: A response to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities’ open letter on symbols in public spaces

A statue of King Leopold II of Belgium was set alight and covered in red paint. Antwerp, 4 June 2020. Whether in the context of the West reckoning with its colonial past or former Soviet states reconciling antagonistic historical narratives to recover or reaffirm their own distinct identities, over the past three decades, contested histories have increasingly served as a flashpoint for conflict.  Last Friday, the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities issued a letter on symbols in public spaces to Ambassadors of 57 OSCE Participating States that underscores the importance of respecting the ways individuals relate themselves to history when attempting to resolve contestations around historical legacies. The institution of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities is an…
21 Jun 2020

Podcast review: Lies my teacher told me

Lies my teacher told me - a podcast series from Historian Priya Atwal The first episode of this podcast series starts with Dr Priya Atwal making it clear that she is not accusing teachers of lying to their students, but that she is going to investigate how and why national history is still written and taught via textbooks in the classroom, despite growing globalisation and availability of digital resources. Dr Atwal, a young Teaching Fellow in Modern South Asian History at King’s College in London, explains that she borrowed the title for this podcast series, released in January 2020, from a 1995 book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by sociologist James Loewen, who…
Podcast review: Lies my teacher told me

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17 Jun 2020

Call for Applications: Online Barcamp Historical Education

The Kreisau-Initiative, the Krzyzowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe and the Freya von Moltke Foundation are organising a special conference: BarCamp. The programme will be centred on methods of historical and civic education and their implementation with digital media. When? 25 – 26th June 2020; 12 – 5 pm Where? In the virtual Space! Who?  Are you already active in youth work, citizenship education or history projects and would like to learn new methods and approaches online? Or are you interested in the topic and methods, but have never done it before? Either way we invite you to apply!  The organisations value diversity of backgrounds, experiences and work fields. If you are not an expert of youth work but…
Call for Applications: Online Barcamp Historical Education
Rhodes Must Fall Oxford, an iconic case to launch Contested Histories Series
12 Jun 2020

Rhodes Must Fall Oxford, an iconic case to launch Contested Histories Series

We are pleased to present the case on The Legacy of Cecil Rhodes at Oxford as the first in a series of in-depth studies for the Contested Histories Initiative. We hope that this series will provide insights and lessons learned for engaging with and addressing instances of disputed historical legacies in public spaces. Rhodes at Oxford is an iconic case in our catalogue of more than 160 cases globally. It relates to the #RhodesMustFall movement, which began at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and saw a prominent statue of Cecil Rhodes defaced and removed from the campus in 2015. The movement has since spread to the University of Oxford, UK, where Rhodes’ legacy remains an unresolved point of…

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11 Jun 2020

Who will deal with the real issues once the statues are out of sight?

This week, activists in Europe and the United States attacked statues of historical figures because they are seen as colonialists, imperialists, slave-traders, and racists. Will these symbolic acts result in the structural and systematic changes that are needed?  Steven Stegers, Marie-Louise Ryback-Jansen, 10 June 2020, The Hague/Berlin A monumental movement is sweeping the world. Sparked by the death of George Floyd and propelled by widespread public outrage at systemic racism and police brutality, statues that blended into the scenery for the average person have been vandalized, toppled, stomped on, and – in the case of Bristol's Colston statue – dragged through the streets and dumped into the harbor. These acts appear to have brought years of debate about these statues…
Who will deal with the real issues once the statues are out of sight?
8 Jun 2020

Monuments Matter: A comment on Bristol

Yesterday, protestors in the English port city of Bristol toppled a statue of an 18th Century slave- trader, dragged the life-size bronze through the streets, and heaved it over a stone embankment into the Bristol harbour. Hundreds of Bristol residents looked on and cheered. (See appended link). The statue’s unauthorized removal and disposal appeared to resolve a decades-long debate over Edward Colston, a slave trader and local benefactor, whose name and image are honored throughout the city, including by a statue on central square. "Well that put an end to the debate (unless someone tries to put it back up),” someone observed on Twitter Sunday afternoon. “Slave trader Edward Colston statue taken down in #Bristol #BlackLivesMattters". The Colston statue “removal”…
Monuments Matter: A comment on Bristol
In Europe Schools: Join now!
3 Jun 2020

In Europe Schools: Join now!

We have wonderful news! We are delighted to announce that the In Europe Schools Project will be continued after a successful pilot phase! In 2019, EuroClio and Dutch Broadcasting Company VPRO joined forces to create online and free educational resources, based on the VPRO documentary series on Modern European History ‘In Europe – History Caught in the Act’, presented by Dutch best-selling author Geert Mak. In the past months, more than 40 schools across Europe were matched and worked with two Education Kits: Difficult History and Migration. The Project will start with a new round of school matchings in October and November 2020, introducing two new additional Education Kits: Climate Change and Gender Equality. The newly developed @Home Tutorial provides…
2 Jun 2020

Monuments Matter: A comment on Philadelphia

Photo: Frank Rizzo Statue at Philadelphia's Municipal Services Building Credits to Stephen M. Scott A day after this blog post was originally published, the statue was removed. For details see local news report at NBC Philadelphia.  During this past weekend , the city of Philadelphia, like dozens of cities across America, erupted in mass protests in response to the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed African American, by a police officer. Addressing the rioting that saw Philadelphia’s stores looted and burned, more than 200 people arrested, 13 police officers injured, and 4 police vehicles torched, the city mayor, Mike Kenney, placed one item high on the city’s post-riot agenda—the removal of a 10-foot bronze statue of former mayor and police…
Monuments Matter: A comment on Philadelphia

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