EUROCLIO’s 2019 5th Regional Summer School: “Diversity and Violence”

Rethinking approaches in History Education

22 - 24 August 2019 - Osijek, Croatia

In 2019 EUROCLIO organised the 5th Regional summer school in Osijek, in Eastern Croatia together with the Croatian History Teachers Association (HUNP) and hosted by the National Museum of Slavonia. The theme for the summer school was ‘Diversity and violence: rethinking approaches in history education’. In the setting of a country that experienced active conflict just over 2 decades ago, we explored the effects of recent conflicts and world wars on the multi-ethnic fibre of the city of Osijek and the Slavonia region. Through examples of civil society tackling divided school systems and workshops on engaging students in learning about their communities in the past, and on-site learning programmes to the Batina WW2 memorial and different remembrance sites in Vukovar the participants were stimulated to think of positive ways of dealing with diversity and remembering difficult pasts.

Aims 

-          Explore the issues of diversity and remembrance in history education

-          Explore the effects of recent conflicts and world wars on multi-ethnic communities in Eastern Croatia.

-          Learn about positive practices of dealing with diversity in Croatia.

-          Share experiences of remembering violent conflict in the region. 

 

Extra Information

Programme of he Summer School consisted of multiple educational visits and workshops which aimed to discuss how to rethink approaches in history education to start teaching about diversity and violence in an effective and sensitive way.

The programme also focused on specific themes:

  • Multiculturalism and Threats of War -  War in Croatia was part of the biggest conflict in Europe after the Second World War. Its cost was enormous: human losses, refugees, depopulation, impoverishment and destruction of urban and rural settlements, economic infrastructure and cultural heritage. All these consequences still largely shape fragile and sensitive relations in and between societies and states of the region.
  • Coexistence and Remembrance - Some scholars describe the commemorative culture in Croatia by a concept “islands of memory” meaning that there are separate communities of remembrance which deal with different traumatic events and rarely overlap in doing so. Participants had a chance to explore memorial sites and reflect the connection of education and remembrance in relation to these historical events.

During the three training days, participants learnt through workshops, on-site study visits, peer learning and debating. They had the opportunity to visit some of the war affected areas, hear about curricular approaches to recent painful past, visit memorial sites and explore their educational programmes. Participants improved their knowledge of diversity and violence, and got acquainted with new educational contents, services, methods and, of course, educators from different countries.

Logistics and Fees

Summer school participation includes joining interesting workshops and discussion, on site study visits, local travel, accommodation for four nights in a 3*** Hotel in Tvrđa, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners. The Early Bird Fee of € 495,- per person will cover for all of this.

In addition, we will also offer a discounted rate for Individual EUROCLIO Members. The discount for Individual EUROCLIO Members is of € 45,-, and is applicable to the Early Bird Fee and to the Full Summer School Fee.

Partners

Croatian History Teacher's Association

Museum of Slavonia

Getting Ready for National Consultations in Balkans

EUROCLIO Project Updates

During the Second Regional Summer School organised by the European Association of History Teachers (EUROCLIO) a preparatory meeting as well as a needs assessment review for the ePACT project was implemented at the same time.

The Summer School brings together history teachers from all over the region as well as from all over the world. Among the participants were also the national coordinators appointed within the ePACT project. It was important for the coordinators to discuss the timeline and planning of the upcoming national events. Regarding the needs assessment, which is planned to be disseminated in January or February next year (2017), it was important for project researchers Dea Maric and Rodoljub Jovanovic to once again pilot their survey and have more feedback.

The first time feedback was given, was during the Regional Expert Meeting in Vienna (June, 2016). It was important for both researchers and national coordinators to be able to discuss the next steps face to face. Essential issues about timeline of activities, implementation of the survey as well as the translation of the questions were tackled.

ePACT Prepares for National Consultations in the Balkans

During the Second Regional Summer School organised by EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators, a preparatory meeting as well as a needs assessment review for the ePACT project was implemented at the same time. The Summer School brings together history teachers from all over the region as well as from all over the world. Among the participants were also the national coordinators appointed within the ePACT project. It was important for the coordinators to discuss the timeline and planning of the upcoming national events. Regarding the Needs Assessment, which is planned to be disseminated in January or February next year (2017), it was important for project researchers Dea Maric and Rodoljub Jovanovic to once again pilot their survey and have more feedback. The first time feedback was given, was during the Regional Expert Meeting in Vienna (June, 2016). It was important for both researchers and national coordinators to be able to discuss the next steps face to face. Essential issues about timeline of activities, implementation of the survey as well as the translation of the questions were tackled.

https://euroclio.eu/projects/epact-education-partnership-advocacy-capacity-building-transformation/

Finding Ways Forward for Cultural Heritage in the Balkans

The EUROCLIO’s Regional Summer School in Lovćen, Montenegro was the second summer school organised by EUROCLIO in the Balkan region and it brought together 12 nationalities and representatives of eight history teachers’ associations. The first Regional Summer School was held in 2015 in Šipovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The History Teachers’ Association of Montenegro (HIPMONT) and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) were partners in organising the event. The Summer School provided in the unique combination of theory, workshops and on-site learning. This year the focus was discovering the “entangled legacies” of East and West in Montenegro and empathize the important connection between history educators and cultural heritage workers. During the Summer School educators working in history and heritage could participate in an interactive programme in which organisations like the RCC, Yad Vashem and Cultural Heritage without Borders gave interesting and inspiring presentations and workshops. It turned out to be a capacity-building event which provided transnational transfer of knowledge and experience in formal and informal way. Through lectures, workshops, discussions and study visits, participants could learn more about the history of Montenegro and the region in general, but also about history teaching from their peers. In the evaluation participants indicated they enjoyed the combination of presentations, workshops and on-site learning, they learned a lot about the history of Montenegro and the Balkan region in general and expressed their hope for joint cooperation with fellow participants and their students. The 2017 Regional Summer School location will be announced next month, so keep an eye on the website!

Discovering entangled legacies in Montenegro during our 2nd Regional Summer School

Sharing knowledge and making new friends is an international affair

Our 2nd Regional Summer School is now officially over and the EUROCLIO team will cherish the memories made and people met. It turned out to be quite an intense week - and not just because of the weather. Thanks to the support  Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and our new project Education Partnership for Advocacy, Capacity-Building and Transformation (ePACT) participants from all over world, representatives of eight regional history teachers' associations (see top of the page) and cultural heritage experts could join our Summer School this year. The Summer School was also a great opportunity for the further development of our Needs Assessment in the partner-project ePACT. The programme was packed with interesting workshops, panels and speakers and on two days the whole group enjoyed a great deal of on-site learning. We got to know Montenegro the Montenegrin way, which meant many mountains and many curves, but in the end it was worth it, being able to see the Njegos Mausoleum, the old city of Kotor, the old city of Bar, Ulcinj and, former capital of Montenegro: Cetinje. As Milena Filipovic (Senior Expert at the RCC) put it: "You basically seen half of the country now!"

The Summer School focused on the connection between history education and cultural heritage, which is of great importance to the RCC, and the on-site learning played an important role in this part. The old city of Bar for example is the archaeological site in Montenegro where all students have been at least once in their lives and local HIPMONT members Milos Vukanović and Petra Zdravković aimed to tell the educational story. One of them focused more on history, while the other took the archaeological value of the site in consideration. Cultural heritage was also discussed by speakers like Aida Salketic and Milena Filipovic in their presentations on the organisation Cultural Heritage without Borders and the project Cultural Routes. Through their presentations, participants learned more about the numerous projects in the Balkans that give people the possibility to learn more about cultural heritage in their countries through "hands on work" or through biking routes alongside important heritage sites. Sometimes with explanation and stories from locals. 

Workshops formed an important part of the programme and we've seen some very interesting workshops given by enthusiastic and knowledgeable people. One of the workshops was given by Szilvia Peto-Dittel, representative of Yad Vashem, the world Holocaust Remembrance Center. She used the personal story of the "Auschwitz album", which was given to Yad Vashem in 1980, and the "Other Album" to explain the bigger story of the Holocaust and the complicated definition of perpetrators and victims. All participants, whom were unfamiliar with the story, were intrigued by it and a lot of them will decide to watch the new Hungarian movie called "Son of Saul", which makes viewers think and doubt who is a perpetrator and why. Szilvia Peto-Dittel did warn all teachers to think about when and if to show this movie to students, as it is brutally real.   

Thanks to our international participants we were able to arrange the panel “The Balkan in history education - a global view” which showed how history in the Balkans was taught in Malta, Scotland, the United States and Finland. Sture Lindholm has been organising study visits to the Balkan region for five years now and his students learn a lot from it. Catherine Regan from Scotland is coordinator at an IB School which focuses on teaching a global view and the importance of developing a well-informed opinion. Scotland knows the "dark side" of nationalism and that is why it is important to be "sensible about culture". Paul Portelli from Malta on the other hand emphasized the fact that for his students it if very difficult to understand the way nationalism worked in the Balkans: "Malta is just a small country." All these different stories and views gave an interesting overview of how the history in South East Europe is being taught elsewhere.

On the final day there was a Needs Assessment session for ePACT, in which participants gave valuable input to further develop the questionnaire, which is scheduled to be implemented in the beginning of next year. More recent history was discussed in the open session "How to teach about the 90s". The Center for Civic Education of Montenegro gave a good overview of the knowledge of contemporary Montenegrin history among Montenegrin students. For some participants it came as quite a surprise that many students weren't that knowledgeable at all. However, some students have lived in over four countries, without ever moving to another city. This indicates the complexity of the history in South East Europe and because of this, it is less strange to see some of the low percentages of historical knowledge in some areas. Seneda Jusic, representative from EUROCLIO-HIP BiH, concluded the session with a presentation on how to teach sensitive topics. She explained the difficulties that Bosnian history teachers face when teaching about the 90s. For example there are many definitions and views on what happened depending on where you live and there are multiple textbooks in the country which make the history even more complex then it is. She then showed a way of how to teach about this sensitive topic, which was developed in a previous project. On the EUROCLIO-HIP BiH website you can find materials to help educators when teaching about the 90s. One of the workshops provides a great overview of events by using a multi-stranded timeline to show what happened in different countries on the same date. She concluded that "this is not a qualification of history, many would say this. This is just they way how to find a better future."

EUROCLIO’s Regional Summer School Montenegro 2016

Learning through Entangled Legacies in History Education and Cultural Heritage

 

The 2016 Summer School was organised together with the History Teachers Association of Montenegro (HIPMONT). Each country has their own legacy of the past and when these legacies get entangled, teaching history becomes more and more difficult. However, taught correctly multiple legacies can teach more than one single legacy and help to create multi-perspectivity. The 2016 Summer School addressed the issue: Learning through entangled legacies in history education and cultural heritage.

The Summer School sought to combine educators working in history and heritage through interactive workshops on innovative on-site learning. In previous years the organisers put great care in setting up a rich in content and intensive programme to which a wide range of local and international experts contributed. This year was no different, and the EUROCLIO Secretariat worked hard to compile an attractive programme, to which representatives of national and transnational educational authorities  contributed.

It was a capacity-building event which provided a transnational transfer of knowledge and experience.  Through lectures, workshops, discussion groups and study visits, participating history and heritage educators were stimulated to implement innovative teaching practices in their classroom and/or museum/site/institute and to work towards a framework for a common approach for dealing with history. Participants improved their knowledge of cultures and got acquainted with new educational contents, services, and methods.

Extra Information

Aims
  • To compare and contrast perspectives on social and cultural local history and heritage
  • To build the capacity of the participants in the teaching and learning of entangled legacies in the region
  • To connect with institutes and cultural entrepreneurs active in the cultural heritage for engagement of young people and school-going children
  • To enable dialogue and cross-community and trans-border networking
  • To learn more about innovative history and heritage teaching resources produced by amongst others EUROCLIO, UNESCO, the Council of Europe
  • To engage in a regional debate on the role of history and heritage education in the promotion of innovating on-site learning
Programme

The Regional Summer School will be from 12 – 17 July 2016 and is a 5-day experience of professional development workshops, networking and on-site learning.

  • Meet history and heritage educators from South East Europe
  • Support EUROCLIO’s work in building a history that connects
  • Share your inputs on how to teach common imperial legacies and the role of heritage in workshops
  • Build partnerships with leaders of history teachers associations

You can download the Programme on the right.

Logistics and Fees
  • Summer School will take place at the Monterosa hotel , Montenegro, 12-17 July 2016 (Arrival 12 July, departure 17 July)
  • Accommodation during the Summer School is arranged by the organizers
  • The Fee for 5 days is €395,- in total per person including accommodation, breakfast, coffee breaks, lunches, dinners, local travel and on-site learning.

Limited places available!

Registrations for this year's Regional Summer School are closed.

 

Contact

For further information or any questions or inquiries you can contact the seminar organizer Judith Geerling. We are looking forward to your registration.

Next week: EUROCLIO’s 2nd Regional Summer School

Check out our final programme below!

Next week from 12 – 17 July 2016 EUROCLIO welcomes almost 50 participants to their 2nd Regional Summer School in Montenegro. This year’s theme is “History that Connects East and West: Learning through Entangled Legacies in History Education and Cultural Heritage“. The Summer School is meant to be a capacity-building event providing a transnational transfer of knowledge and experience. Through the programme organisations like the Regional Cooperation Council, Yad Vashem and History Teachers’ Associations all come together to share their views. We will also spend time outside of the conference room, on multiple On-Site Learning activities in Montenegro. We aim to make all participants feel inspired and stimulated to share with colleagues and students what they learnt.

 

EUROCLIO’s Regional Summer School Montenegro 2016

Last chance to join EUROCLIO’s Regional Summer School

From 12-17 July 2016 EUROCLIO is going to Montenegro for the Second Regional Summer School: “History That Connects East and West”. This year the Summer School aims to learn through entangled legacies in history education and cultural heritage. In the Balkan region both the “East” and the “West” influenced national culture. Montenegro has many different places where these legacies are still visible. The Summer School invites educators working in history and heritage to participate in interactive workshops with on-site learning and discover more about this interesting past.

Visit the event page for more information or to check out our updated programme!

Registration for EUROCLIO’s Regional Summer School now open!

EUROCLIO Association

From 12-17 July 2016 EUROCLIO is going to Montenegro for the Second Regional Summer School: “History That Connects East and West”. This year the Summer School aims to learn through entangled legacies in history education and cultural heritage. In the Balkan region both the “East” and the “West” influenced national culture. Montenegro has many different places where these legacies are still visible. The Summer School invites educators working in history and heritage to participate in interactive workshops with on-site learning and discover more about this interesting past.

Registration is now open until 1 May 2016!

For more information see our event page.

Young History Educators from the Balkans Explore EUROCLIO at Denmark Conference

Eight young history educators from the Balkans had the opportunity to participate in the EUROCLIO Annual Conference in Denmark , within the project ‘Rethinking History Education’. For most of them this was the first experience of a EUROCLIO Conference and for some of them of an international conference in general. This opportunity offered them a unique insight in the Danish educational system, and a chance to meet peers and colleagues from all over the world to exchange experiences and ideas and to establish new contacts. As a result the group showed interest to establish partnerships with teachers in other countries, and to explore opportunities for funding to participate in a conference of the American Historical Association in the United States.

The group met three times throughout the conference, partially guided by EUROCLIO Board member Mire Mladenovski, to discuss the next steps in the project. They discussed the outcomes of the kick-off meeting in Skopje for the regional website. Moreover, throughout the week the group filmed several programme elements and interviewed participants. This material will be edited into a short video they will present during the Annual Regional Summer School in August.