26 Nov 2021

Retelling the Holocaust: Time and the Comic Strip Form in “Maus” by Art Spiegelman

Retelling the Holocaust: Time and the Comic Strip Form in “Maus” by Art Spiegelman Maus is a graphic novel by Art Spiegelman, serialized from 1980 to 1991 and divided into “My Father Bleeds History” and “And Here My Troubles Began”. As the subtitle indicates, the book is “A Survivor’s Tale”, telling the story of Spiegelman’s father as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. Maus is a memoir, the chronicle of a family, a piece of art where writing and visual techniques are deployed to raise awareness, condemn, explain, keep the memory alive. With Maus, Spiegelman debunks the myth that the Holocaust outfaces the artistic imagination and shows us how storytelling and visual arts can teach us remembrance and give us…
Retelling the Holocaust: Time and the Comic Strip Form in “Maus” by Art Spiegelman
In Memoriam to Martin Roberts
25 Nov 2021

In Memoriam to Martin Roberts

In Memoriam Martin Roberts (1941-2021), Member of the first EuroClio Board and Bulletin editor 1992-1997   Martin Roberts died peacefully surrounded by his family on the 7th November 2021. His health suffered in recent years some serious setbacks and it had been slowly failing, especially since the summer of this year  Martin Roberts started as a history teacher in Leeds, Essex and Bedfordshire. Between 1981 and 2002 he was Headteacher of the Cherwell School, Oxford. He was member of the Historical Association (HA), frequently on the HA Council and from 1991-93 Deputy President.  He contributed to the development of the History National Curriculum for England through its many iterations. After his retirement worked on the Academic Steering Committee of the…
24 Nov 2021

Statement and appeal on Memorial

EuroClio has joined a consortium of organizations and networks led by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Osteuropakunde (DGO; German Association for East European Studies) and the Verband der Historiker und Historikerinnen Deutschlands (VDH; Association of Historians in Germany) in expressing our profound concern for  the recent announcement by the Russian Office of the Prosecutor General to dissolve the well-known and much-respected civil rights organization and historical society "Memorial International“. Jointly, we launch two statements to the Russian authorities and to other national governments and the European Union, respectively, to help safeguard Memorial. Please find here our joint appeal to national governments and EU bodies to defend Memorial. Please find here our appeal to Russian authorities to end the assault on Memorial.
Statement and appeal on Memorial

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15 Nov 2021

Teacher interview on students' media habits

Under Pressure talked to Anouk van Butselaar (41), who has been a teacher for more than 20 years, about the media habits of her students, how polarisation is increasing and why she is concerned about her students Hi Anouk! Thank you for taking the time to talk to us about this issue. Let’s begin with what you enjoy most about your job. I love that I can get students fired up about playing an active role in society. I raise awareness of the fact that they are allowed to vote, file complaints or join organisations to express their views. We address relevant topics such as ‘how does the government work’  and ‘why follow the news?’ Why are you looking to…
Teacher interview on students' media habits
Three key takeaways from the 1st World Congress of School History Teachers in Moscow
10 Nov 2021

Three key takeaways from the 1st World Congress of School History Teachers in Moscow

EuroClio recently joined forces with the National Committee of Russian Historians in co-organising the 1st World Congress of School History Teachers. The Congress, which took place in Moscow 4-7 October, brought together more than 300 history teachers from around the world to discuss both thematic and methodological issues of history education. As co-organisers, EuroClio had the opportunity to bring a large delegation of both speakers and participants to Moscow. The Congress tackled a number of thematic issues, most notably Revolutions in World History, the role of textbooks in history teaching and how World War II is taught across countries. EuroClio’s Secretariat staff and several Board members were present as either participants or workshop hosts at all Congress sessions. Here are…

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10 Nov 2021

A new EuroClio project: Who were the victims of the National Socialists?

Enabling young people to gain a deeper understanding of the roots of discrimination in the present by researching the victims of National Socialists is the goal of our new project. To achieve this, we will design, develop, and test local youth-empowered history projects around the key question “Who were the victims of the National Socialists?” in six countries. This will be done by an interdisciplinary cross-border team of history educators, specialists in the history of National Socialism, and museum educators in close cooperation with youth and community members. Rationale for this project On paper all citizens are treated equally. Constitutions do not differentiate between sex, gender or religion, ability, and all citizens above a certain age have voting rights.  The…
A new EuroClio project: Who were the victims of the National Socialists?
9 Nov 2021

Online workshop 11 November: The Power of Song

Do some songs refer to a significant historic moment or time? Remember when a song brought back memories? What do the words of that song even mean? Songs have been used from propaganda to national anthems and beyond throughout history. Join the workshop on the Power of Song and learn how to use carefully chosen songs in your history classroom. How might you deconstruct parts of a song in a fun and interactive way? Workshop Leaders: Elise Storck and Hiranyada Dewasiri This event will be in English and Sinhala with simultaneous interpretation to Tamil. Join us online 11 November at 13:30 CET (18:00 Colombo)
Online workshop 11 November: The Power of Song
Online workshop 28 October: Using Historical Reasoning in the Classroom
27 Oct 2021

Online workshop 28 October: Using Historical Reasoning in the Classroom

Co-organised with historicaldialogues.lk, EuroClio is pleased to invite to a webinar on the use of counterfactual history in the classroom Thursday 28 October at 14:30 CEST (18:00 Colombo) What if counterfactual history didn’t exist? What would that mean for our understanding of history and especially for history taught in schools? In this workshop we investigate the difference between the past and history. We will see that – while ‘the Past’ isn’t – ‘History’ is as much a construction as ‘Counterfactual History’ is and that the possibilities of counterfactual thinking for historical reasoning can enhance the quality of history taught in schools and the motivation of our pupils for history. All starts with the 'What-if’ question with which this introduction began.…
20 Oct 2021

Dealing with Trauma: Processing Memories, Connecting to History through Graphic Novels

On September 25th, ‘History that Connects - Sri Lanka’ hosted the second webinar of a series on creative teaching methodologies. Following the first workshop on stamps as historical sources, this second workshop hosted the speakers Irushi Tennekoon and Misko Stanisic to shed some light on the use of graphic novels in history education. Irushi spoke about what graphic novels have taught her about history and memory, whilst Misko told his experience in creating graphic novels specifically to be used in the history classroom. “If subjects were taught to me through art I would have had a completely different experience of school” - Irushi Tennekoon Finding an intersection Irushi Tennekoon is an artist and an illustrator but also an educator, as…
Dealing with Trauma: Processing Memories, Connecting to History through Graphic Novels

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