MA Education and Communication Students visit the EUROCLIO office

In late November of last year,  EUROCLIO was visited by six MA Education and Communication students from Utrecht University. They had asked if it was possible to visit the office, to talk about how to deal with controversial topics in their class. All the students have a background in History, and have already done part of their internship at a secondary school or are going to do this in the upcoming months. They heard about EUROCLIO and showed their interest in the work that we have been doing for the past 25 years across Europe and beyond.

Late in the morning the students arrived and were given an interactive presentation by trainees Larissa Wiegelmann and Rik Mets on what EUROCLIO is and does. The trainees showed examples of projects they have been working on during these past months and gave the visitors some insight into the workings of EUROCLIO. This was followed by a round of questions and lunch.

After the lunch, the students were set to work on a workshop. The workshop consisted of a lesson plan that was developed during the project History that Connects. How to Teach Sensitive and Controversial History in the countries of former Yugoslavia? which ran from 2011 until 2014. As an intellectual output, 23 workshops dealing with controversial topics were combined in a booklet called Once upon a time… we lived together.

A workshop that focused on the assassination of archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 was chosen as a good example of the kind of high quality history education that EUROCLIO stands for. The lesson plan is interactive, multiperspective, uses a great number of sources, and promotes critical thinking and empathy for different opinions. It splits the classroom up into three groups, prosecution, defence and jury. Each of the groups receives a number of sources, on which they have to base their argument whether the assassination of Franz Ferdinand was a crime that has to be punished or not. The students worked on this workshop for almost an hour and showed great enthusiasm for it.

However, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand is hardly a controversial historical topic in Dutch classrooms. Therefore, the workshop was rounded of by a discussion on how a lesson plan like this could help the students to deal with controversial topics in their own classrooms. The issue of controversial history is one that cannot be solved in half an hour, but the students discussed building blocks, like using multiperspective sources and stimulating dialogue, as tools to use during their upcoming internships. These tools will surely help them to deal with any controversial topics they might face during their internships and careers as history teachers.

 

Apply now for a Traineeship at EUROCLIO!

EUROCLIO is now accepting applications for the next round of trainees to join the Secretariat in The Hague from February-July 2018. The traineeship offers the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the inner-workings of an international NGO, while developing a wealth of practical skills.

As a trainee, you will be in contact with a variety of different institutions, donors, funding organisations, and international associations. Your tasks will include communicating with members and partners, participating in the various stages of project development and execution, website management, contributing to the ongoing development of transnational source collections and historical content, and all aspects of office and event management.

University students and recent graduates of all nationalities are encouraged to apply, especially those with a background in history, history education, and/or international relations/cooperation. The deadline for applications is 5 November 2017. Those interested should send their CV and a short motivation letter to Judith Geerling.

Chief Editor Julia Kushnereva Visits The Hague Office

Last week Editor-in-Chief of the Sharing History Project, Julia Kushnereva (Russia), visited EUROCLIO’s office in The Hague. During her visit Ms. Kushnereva briefed staff and trainees of the EUROCLIO on the current status of the Sharing History Project, namely on the developing process of new educational materials. In addition, Mr. Kushnereva used her visit to The Hague to discuss with Project Coordinator Aysel Gojayeva the next steps in editing process. The visit of the chief-editor also gave excellent opportunity for new trainee in EUROCLIO secretariat Ivan Markovic to get better insight in this project. For any questions, contact Aysel Gojayeva.