19 Aug 2019

'The German War', a book that sometimes makes you hold your breath

This book review was written by Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, EUROCLIO Founder and Special Advisor. Interest in the Second World War has been part of my life, as I was born in the shadow of this war and I was made aware of it through many stories of my parents’ family and friends and by its physical legacy in my surroundings. This was similar to most of Dutch people of my generation, however at one point it was very different: I had an uncle living in Germany. He had been a forced laborer, had fallen seriously ill and was nursed back into life by a woman; he subsequently fell in love with. My family met them on a more or…
'The German War', a book that sometimes makes you hold your breath
Bosnian War Moratorium Lifted in Sarajevo Schools
19 Aug 2019

Bosnian War Moratorium Lifted in Sarajevo Schools

For over two decades, Bosnian history curricula have been silent about the recent war. In 2018, however, Canton Sarajevo’s education ministry introduced the subject into classrooms for the first time, and now other cantons are following suit. The author visited Sarajevo in April 2019 to speak with various experts in the city about what this means for Bosnian history education and the memory of the war. Introduction The Bosnian War ended with the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement (DPA) in 1995, which divided the country between its warring parties. Two entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) and Republika Srpska (RS), were created; FBiH was divided into 10 autonomous cantons. Since the DPA made no specific arrangements for…
14 Aug 2019

Call for Papers for Conference The Stage of War: Academic and Popular Representations of Large-Scale Conflicts

Erasmus University Rotterdam is organising an international conference on the 26th and 27th of March entitled The Stage of War: Academic and Popular Representations of Large-Scale Conflicts. War and conflict are depicted differently in academia and popular genres, such as novels, films, tourism, musicals, games, exhibitions and re-enactments, often resulting in tension between the two approaches. The unique aim of this conference is to stimulate an exchange between academic and popular approaches to the representation of violent conflicts. Contributors are invited to submit papers on topics such as: diversification of war experiences, embodiment and bodily understanding, the commercialization of war heritage, creating immediacy, direct contact with the past, battlefield representations for education, tourism and military training, representing and experiencing authenticity,…
Call for Papers for Conference The Stage of War: Academic and Popular Representations of Large-Scale Conflicts

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4 Aug 2019

Producing and consuming research – A powerful ingredient for effective history education.

Based on EUROCLIO’s work, we have been asked to chair one the research strands for the upcoming IAIE (International Association for Intercultural Education) Annual Conference in Amsterdam on 11th-15th November 2019. The strand, entitled Multiperspectivity in History Teaching, hopes to present evidence-based research that critically addresses how multiperspective approaches can be applied to teaching and learning history. We would like to call upon those across the wide EUROCLIO network to join us. Here’s why…
Which kinds of educational media triggers conflict, and which contribute to overcoming it?
24 Jul 2019

Which kinds of educational media triggers conflict, and which contribute to overcoming it?

Before delving into this topic, two remarks on the limitations of my reflections must be noted. First of all, the focus will lie mainly on narrative strategies as conveyed in textbooks. Although this does not really tell us what is happening on the ground in history classrooms, textbooks offer us a window into official national discourses. Furthermore, questions of feasibility will largely be ignored when pondering the type of textbooks that may be able to break vicious cycles of fear and suspicion so typical of conflict. From observing processes of negotiating new textbook-content, we know that you usually can choose between two evils: either you include government officials into the process early on and then risk that they impose thousands…

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18 Jul 2019

NECE Conference 2019 - Applications for travel subsidies open

  The 2019 international NECE Conference entitled "Confronting Inequalities! The Role of Citizenship Education." is taking place on the 24-27 October in Glasgow. The four-day conference will focus on the various forms of inequality: class, income, gender race, ethnicity, talent and geography, affect the rights of citizenship in various societies. Among other topics, sessions on how citizenship educators can approach financial mechanisms affecting young peoples’ lives will be held, always with attention paid to rising global challenges such as climate change.   For this event, the NECE Initiative is offering up to 40 travel grants for young participants interested in exploring the consequences of inequality on citizenship rights. The travel scholarships are aimed at supporting young participants financially so that they…
NECE Conference 2019 - Applications for travel subsidies open
10 Jul 2019

Would you like to host an Historiana Training at your National Event? - Fill in this Call for Interests

This year, we have the possibility to give a series of Historiana trainings in EU Member States. These trainings will focus on practical tips and tricks about how to use the Historiana eLearning environment to create tailored eLearning Activities that promote historical thinking. The workshops can be adapted to your needs, using exemplar  material relating to any of the following topics: Ancient Rome and Greece; The Age of Discoveries; Napoleon and his Time; The Industrial Revolutions; European Renaissances; Reform and Counter Reforms. We believe this would be a great opportunity for us to do something exclusive with our members. We have the opportunity to include a training on Historiana with one of our trainers in an event, conference or training…
The Fatalism of Enmity? In conversation with Mirosław Filipowicz
8 Jul 2019

The Fatalism of Enmity? In conversation with Mirosław Filipowicz

In 2012, a group of Russian and Polish historians joined hands to come up with a transnational approach to historical issues that could help overcome mutual stereotypes. Their collaboration resulted in a Polish-Russian companion to history for teachers in Poland and Russia, which is made available online for free. Polish professor Mirosław Filipowicz was head of the Institute of East-Central Europe (IEŚW) in Lublin, one of the main organizations behind the project. Filipowicz wanted to revive Polish-Russian dialogue, which had already been initiated a few years earlier by the Polish-Russian Group for Difficult Matters. After the Russian annexation of Crimea, however, the work of the Group stopped. Before, they had published a collection of parallel histories by Polish and Russian…
4 Jul 2019

Veendammer Wind: at the crossroads of history, football, and music

Veendammer Wind: A football opera, 28-30 June & 4-5 July 2019 The rise and fall of a club and the importance of community Just outside the city centre of Veendam stands the Langeleegte stadium imposingly, six years after the official bankruptcy and closure of the SC Veendam. The 29th of June 2019, the Langeleegte opened its doors once again for a festive occasion, Veendammer Wind, an opera celebrating the rich history of the club, the tireless engagement of the local community, and their great achievements. Inextricably, it also tells the story of the decline of the Sportclub Veendam, pride of the east of Groningen. It is impossible though, to reflect on the decline of the club, without considering the social…
Veendammer Wind: at the crossroads of history, football, and music

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