EUROCLIO Community Welcomes Nine New Member Organisations

EUROCLIO is happy to announce that nine new members were accepted into the EUROCLIO family at the General Assembly in Marseille.

Six new organisations have become Associate Members: Holocaust Education Trust Ireland (HETI), the Gernika Peace Museum Foundation from Basque Country, Spain, the Cambridge International School of Tunis, the St. Petersburg Academy of In-Service Pedagogical Education, the Centre for Education and Innovations from Slovakia, and the history department of Hamburg University. According to the EUROCLIO governance structure, Associate Members play a role in network consultations to help set priorities for project fundraising and for the development of educational materials, but do not vote in General Assemblies.

Three new organisations were accepted as Full Members: the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, the Swedish History Teachers’ Association, and the Association for History Education in Greece. In addition, one organisation which had previously held membership as an Associate Member has now been accepted as a Full Member: Education for the 21st Century from Serbia. Full Members have the same participatory rights and responsibilities as Associate Members, and are allowed to vote during the General Assembly.

We at EUROCLIO would like to re-welcome Education for the 21st Century, whose partnership we look forward to continuing, and extend our warmest welcome to the newest members of the EUROCLIO community!

Expert-Practitioners in Field of Cross-Border History Education Gather in Marseille

From 22 to 23 April 2018, EUROCLIO, with the support of the North East Asian History Foundation and the Evens Foundation Conflict Matters in History Education programme, hosted the first global workshop of the History Education Beyond Borders – Mapping and sharing global experiences in developing and implementing cross-border history education resources project in Marseille as part of the EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2018. The aim of this meeting was to share knowledge amongst these experts, identify best practices, and collect input for draft recommendations for future cross-border history education initiatives. During this unique gathering the experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Macedonia, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, South Korea and the United Kingdom, discussed the different ways in which the resources were developed, identified transferable do’s and don’ts to guide future projects, and reflected on shared challenges in the development process, as well as methods to overcome these challenges. The groups also shared their views on the extent to which the cross-border approach can contribute to promoting peace and reconciliation, to what extent the multiperspective approach to history education is suited to address sensitive and controversial issues, and how far strategies and approaches should be adapted to the societal context in which the projects take place. As a next step in the project, EUROCLIO will coordinate the development of the recommendations for future cross-border history education initiatives, make a public report of the meeting, and take stock of the wishes and needs of the global experts on how to continue to share practices and work together in the future. The full programme of this meeting, including an initial overview of the cross-border history education resources, as well as biographies of the experts, can be found here.

First Impressions on a Successful and Intense Annual Conference

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From the 21st to the 26th of April 2018, Marseille was the setting for a rather unique experience: the 25th EUROCLIO Annual Conference “Mediterranean Dialogues: Teaching History Beyond our Horizons”. Approximately 200 people, including history and citizenship teachers, educators, members of civil society organizations and policy makers from more than 40 countries, gathered in a series of locations across the city of Marseille and the Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur to discuss teaching history of and on all the sides of the Mediterranean.

Guided by the themes of “A common heritage”, “War and peace in the Euro-Mediterranean region”, and “People on the move?”, the participants of the conference took part in six intense days of roundtables, workshops, discussions and cultural visits, sharing and deepening their knowledge of sensitive issues such as the Armenian Genocide, the Landing in Provence, the Migration Crisis, and the teaching of the history of Islam on the one hand, and of European history on the other.

“Marseille was a wonderful site for the theme (…), and the opportunity to exchange ideas and gain insights from EUROCLIO’s diverse membership was stimulating.”

– Attendee at Marseille

“An extraordinary day, characterized by many interesting workshops.”

– Conference Participant

A special role was held by the interactive elements of the programme, which occupied almost entirely the 24th and the 26th of April. The 24th of April witnessed 18 different workshops (five of which were held in French), touching a variety of topics ranging from the role of documentaries in historical narrative, to case studies of political pressures on history curricula, to migration, to the use of Wikipedia’s edit history and of Historiana as a teaching tool.

After the annual meeting of EUROCLIO General Assembly, the 26th of April featured a more informal discussion setting. Five discussion tables were held, touching upon five extremely different topics: intercultural education, the role of Europe, EU education agenda, the role of teachers as researchers, the teaching of Turkish history in Danish classrooms, Industrial Heritage.  Discussion Tables were followed by a compelling World Café session on history, memory, and pluralism, 6 different groups tackled three key questions on history teaching and inclusiveness in society.

In other words, the 25th EUROCLIO Annual Conference touched on a variety of different micro-topics, all connected to the primary issue of Teaching History Beyond our Horizons. But, and this is perhaps the most important feature of the whole event, exchanges between educators did not stop at the end of the formal every-day programme: networking, in fact, continued also during lunch, dinner, cultural visits, and breaks, laying the foundations for new (and strengthening old) partnerships, and consolidating, we are proud to say, our friendships.

“I came back from the conference full of enthusiasm, the head filled with new ideas and new projects. I am impatient to attend the next conference!”

– Conference Attendee

Marseille Workshop Explores Online Learning Possibilities with Europeana

On April 24, 2018, EUROCLIO, in conjunction with Europeana, held a workshop entitled The human impact of World War 1: Living with disability – How to use quality source materials for online learning activities, in Marseille as part of the EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2018. This event featured participants from Denmark, Northern Ireland, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, South Korea, Poland, Hungary, and The Netherlands. The workshop focused on the physical and psychological consequences of the First World War on soldiers, and how they were able to adjust to their new lives post-war and cope with traumas.

During the first half of the workshop, participants were introduced to sources that illustrate this issue, which were handpicked for their educational value from the Europeana Collections. They provide insight into the jobs these people took on, their changed socioeconomic status, and their physical changes as resulting from injuries. The second part of the workshop saw participants working together to create online learning activities that made use of these sources and the interactive tools made available by the online platform. The participants attested that they found having access to curated sets of sources such as these convenient for their needs, both because it saves time, and because it combines sources into one pool to pull from. The Experiencing the War section, also a part of the First World War module, is also helpful in teaching the immediate and long-term aftermath of the war on soldiers, sailors, and airmen.

This workshop, provided by Steven Stegers (Acting Executive Director at EUROCLIO) and Chris Rowe (Editor of the Historiana historical content team), is the third event in a series of workshops that aim to develop history educators’ competence in utilizing the resources provided by Europeana. EUROCLIO looks forward to the workshops to come in this initiative.

Lóa Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir Ends Term as President of EUROCLIO, Succeeded by Mire Mladenovski

At the General Assembly 2018 in Marseille, France, Lóa Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir formally stepped down as President of the Board. Mrs. Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir was elected to the Board in 2012, and held positions on the membership committee and as Vice-President, before finally becoming President of the Board in 2016. In the past, she has been involved as a contributor to the web application initiative Historiana – Your Tool to the Past on rights and responsibilities.

“EUROCLIO has benefited immeasurably from her knowledge and guidance over the years, and is grateful for all her commitment and dedication,” Steven Stegers, Acting Executive Director, stated in Marseille. “We wish her all the best and look forward to continuing to work with her as an Ambassador of EUROCLIO.”

EUROCLIO is excited to welcome Mire Mladenovski as the new President of the Board. Having been elected as a Board Member in 2013, Mr. Mladenovski served as its Treasurer for four years, and has shown undying support for numerous EUROCLIO projects, most notably serving as an editor for Historiana. In addition to his work with EUROCLIO, he is one of the founders and current President of the ANIM (History Teachers Association of Macedonia), as well as having co-authored and edited supplementary teaching material for secondary school history curricula, such as Understanding a Shared Past, Learning for the Future and Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Country.

The EUROCLIO Board of Members is now composed of Mire Mladenosvki as President, Paolo Ceccoli as Vice-President, Riitta Mikkola as Treasurer, Sinéad Fitzsimons as Secretary, and Frank van den Akker as Board Member. EUROCLIO looks forward to a productive term under their leadership.

Annual Conference 2018: Marseille Calls!

An annual highlight in the EUROCLIO calendar is the Annual Conference. On 21-26 April, all are welcome to come to Marseille, France. Our French member association has prepared a very interesting programme to support new knowledge, cross-cultural exchanges and professional development.

The conference will take place in the Vieux-Port Marseille, the historical port of Marseille, with venues at well-known historical landmarks in Marseille such as Mucem (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations) and Musee d’Histoire de Marseille.

On Saturday 21 April, after the welcoming speeches, the programme will feature a key-note lecture by Keith Brown from Arizona State University on “A Micro Global History of the Mediterranean”.

Sunday is reserved for on-site learning at interesting locations such as 1) Camp des Milles, a former concentration camp and memorial site 2) Arles, a picturesque medieval city located a few kilometres outside of Marseille. Arles boasts some beautiful and well-preserved treasures from the Roman Empire, like the amphitheatre, and used to be a refuge for impressionist painters like Vincent van Gogh in the late 19th century. 3) Toulon, this small city situated on the Mediterranean coast is one of the most historically important ports of the region, connecting the entire EuroMed region.

On Monday several cross-border history education initiatives in the Mediterranean region will be presented and discussed, and on Tuesday the local gymnasium Marseilleveyre will open its doors to us and host breakout sessions on Decolonising Education by Luisa Black (Council of Europe), Culture of Cooperation with History Teaching by John Hamer (Council of Europe) and Europe: Our History by Thomas Serrier and Jakob Vogel and rounds of workshops by partner organizations and participants.
On Wednesday there will be plenty of opportunity to explore Marseille and connect with local French teachers, and Thursday we will be wrapping the week up with the 25th General Assembly, discussion groups, world café and of course, the gala dinner to celebrate 25 years of EUROCLIO.

There is still time to register, the deadline for registrations is 31st of January.

Please do help EUROCLIO by promoting this event amongst colleagues, friends and whoever will be interested in this event!

Mucem in Vieux-Port Marseille. Photo by Lisa Riciotti, provided by Mucem.