Historiana Unit ‘Changing Europe’ Launched and Online

EuroClio Project Updates

During the 24th EuroClio Annual Conference in Donostia-San Sebastian, the completed Historiana unit ‘Changing Europe’ was officially launched to the public. In this unit you will find historical content including life stories, timelines and evidence files. This content is accompanied by ready-to-use learning activities focussing on a subject which has had an impact on the evolution of modern Europe. From a scripted drama on the coming to existence of the European Community to an activity on migration in a post-Schengen world, and from an increasingly important topic such as a European Defence Community to energy dependency. Looking at history of the EU from a historical perspective and through contemporary issues this educational unit attempts to make a usually complex and not so interesting topic more engaging and relevant for the present and the future.

Team members Bojana Dujkovic-Blagojevic, Guido Lessing, Helen Snelson and Ute Ackermann Boeros from the project ‘Decisions and Dilemmas: Exploring European Union history through the lens of contemporary issues’ trained the conference participants with the 6 learning activities that have been developed in the context of the project and that feature in the unit. For more information on the project visit our project page and explore the materials on Historiana here.

Active and Engaging Days in Vilnius

Between the 13th and 15th of May EuroClio organized the international training seminar ‘Changing Europe: European Decisions and European Dilemmas’ in Vilnius, Lithuania in partnership with Vilnius University and the Lithuanian History Teachers Association. During this weekend, 35 participants from almost all 28 EU countries, together with the EuroClio project managers Steven Stegers, Judith Geerling and trainee Joyce Schäftlein, met for two and a half days to train with the final materials of the Decisions and Dilemmas 1 project and talk about the progress and future of the Teaching Europe research project. Several active workshops were provided by the Decisions and Dilemmas 1 team with the educational materials they developed in the project, including several activities with life stories of ordinary people in the post-WW2 period in Europe, decision-making and research activities on the European Foreign Policy and Defense Community. The training materials are already in part available on the Historiana website in the unit ‘Changing Europe’, and more materials will be added in the coming period. People actively participated in these workshops, all centered on the topic of ‘How to teach about the EU’. Participants found themselves in the beautiful city of Vilnius during a city walk and learned about its history with a visit to the Palace of the Grand Dukes. Next to the official programme, in the evenings all people had lots of fun while watching the Eurovision Song Contest Final during our Intercultural evening and the celebratory end dinner concluded the programme in style.

International Training Seminar: “Changing Europe”

European Dilemmas and European Decisions

The people of the continent of Europe have tried various different ways of managing conflict across the centuries. They have formed alliances, signed treaties, sometimes tried to dominate each other, and more recently have formed supranational organisations where they have common interests. By considering the European Union as one of these methods to manage conflict in Europe, students can take a historical perspective on the contemporary world.

The seminar aims to explore the question of "How to teach about the EU from a historical perspective" through a (inter)active and engaging programme with presentations, on-site study visits, workshops, and round table discussions using the materials developed within the EuroClio project Decisions and Dilemmas I. The conference will provide a platform of intercultural exchange in which the participants will actively learn, share experiences and network.

Extra Information

Aims
  • To build the capacity of history and citizenship educators from various European countries and inspire them to be creative in their professional practice, encourage cross-border cooperation and enable sharing experiences.
  • To provide training in the use of the teaching resources developed in the Decision and Dilemmas project that are designed to promote learning about the European Union from a historical perspective in an engaging way.
  • To share and discuss the research findings of the Teaching Europe project after having jointly analyzed how European integration is represented in history textbooks from all 28 EU member states.
  • To promote the use of Historiana as tool for innovative and responsible history education and engage the participants to contribute to its further development.
Programme

The international training seminar is combined with a project meeting of one of EuroClio’s partner projects: “Teaching Europe to Enhance EU Cohesion”. In this research project educators from all 28 EU countries research the textbooks for history and another social science topic in the final years of compulsory education to find out how the EU and European integration is portrayed in the textbooks. Throughout the training seminar the team members to this project will join the majority of the programme, but at times have closed working sessions.

Logistics and Fees
  • The seminar will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania from 13-16 May 2016 (arrival 13 May morning, departure 16 May).
  • Upon registration, participants will be asked to confirm their participation and fulfill the fee for the course at the latest at the actual course.
  • Accommodation during the conference will not be arranged by the organizers.
  • The course fee for 2.5 days is 125 euro in total per person including coffee breaks, lunches, dinners, local travel and on-site learning.

Contact

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

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Decisions and Dilemmas I
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[PARTNER] Teaching “Europe” to Enhance EU Cohesion
[PARTNER] Teaching “Europe” to Enhance EU Cohesion

Football: a people’s history of Europe, Kicks Off

Sports and Education

Football, the most favorite sport of Europe is now more than 150 years old and it has been an important witness of the 20th century history, so there is no wonder why EuroClio is willing to use sports history in the classroom. The history of local football clubs is a great way to build an European wide educational module which connects local sport history to European events and processes through history .

Aim of the Project

The project Football: a people’s history of Europe shows that football clubs all over Europe have their own local history but also operate on international level, it illuminates the relevance of local histories, memories and legacies as well as the connection between the local and the global. Football can teach students the knowledge needed it of local histories to really understand the global history because local and global history are interconnected with each other. By including football in history education, we can include cultural identities that are seen as not important into official school curricula. Six themes will form this project: gender, extremist, conflict, identity, diversity, migration and politics.

The kick-off meeting took place in Belfast, Northern Ireland on the 23th of March 2016. It was the first time that all interested partners were together to discuss the framework and ideas of this projects. The partners, for now are: EuroClio, British Council/Big Ideas Company and the Anne Frank Foundation. In the near future we will find more partners and contacts for this project, set up more meetings and set up the first pilot event in cooperation with Eintracht Franfurt Museum.