Sharing European Histories

About the project

The past is often a source of conflicting interpretations rather than easy consensus. Still, historical identity is central to relations between states and people in the here and now. In our diverse European society, we cannot escape history when seeking to understand the present in our search for a common future.

Understanding European history, like other histories, involves a continuous process of construction and deconstruction, writing and rewriting. At the same time, as the history of the European continent is marked by constant movement of cultures and populations, diving into it might well offer insights into how people in Europe interacted and lived together in the past.

We believe that opening up 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 existing differences.

European histories are often seen as dividing the continent. With this project, a call for innovative ideas and projects should contribute to the understanding of young people regarding the complexity and multiplicity of European histories, and therefore better understand the continent itself.

Project Aims

  • Enable individuals and organisations to draft and realize their own ideas on innovative ways to deal with the teaching of European history.
  • Dissemination of innovative projects, resources or practices that help young people to understand the complexity and multiplicity of European history.
  • An accessible finalized project that can be easily adopted to any teacher/trainer’s approach.

Expected outcomes

The project will result in:

  • To participate in an international professional development and training course to present the project or new initiative;
  • To have ready to use teaching tools and/or approaches that are easy to use by colleagues from other countries;
  • Be invited to give a workshop, during an international professional development and training course to share the finished product


  • An Expert Group hat will select the best ideas
  • At least two trainers that will give workshops at the EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Gdansk, Poland from 4-7 April 2019

Call for ideas

The Evens Foundation, in partnership with EUROCLIO, is looking for ideas and project proposals with the theme of innovative ways to approach European history. If you think you have such an idea, as either an individual or an organisation, we are very keen to help you achieve this. For more information and the application forms, visit the Evens Foundation Sharing European Histories page.


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