“Sharing European Histories” Kicks-Off in Gdansk

From April 5-7, the Kick-off meeting for the Sharing European Histories Project was held in parallel to the Annual Conference in Gdansk. EuroClio partnered with the Evens Foundation on this project because both organizations believe that opening up a space to engage with the dissonant and often conflicting nature of European history is the first step in discovering common positions or overcoming divisions while acknowledging existing differences. On behalf of the Evens Foundation, Chairwoman Monique Canto-Sperber welcomed participants to the conference during the opening cermony, introducing the Sharing European Histories project.

The Sharing European Histories Project aims to inspire and support history educators across Europe since we find that history educators are uniquely positioned to engage young people in confronting the dominant national narratives of history to overcome the divisions between nations and cultures.Back in September 2018 EuroClio and Evens Foundation put out a call for applicants; from over 70 applications received, two project partner organizations and five individual contributors were selected to join the Sharing European Histories project team. Rounding out the project team are two teacher trainers, Richard Kennett and Iryna Kostyuk, who will work with the individual contributors to help them develop their projects.

During the kick-off meeting all the team members had an opportunity to introduce their project ideas. Individual contributor, Helen Snelson, from the UK, shared her proposal for an oral history collection on how people around Europe experienced the end of cold war. Gentian Dedja, from Albania, proposed a practice that explores local historical heroes in cross border contexts to demonstrate how historical figures can surpass national prejudices. Elisabete Pereira, from Portugal, proposed a study of the hidden history of objects that explores the life cycle of their development and circulation around Europe and the globe. Presented in workshop at the Annual Conference, Juan Carlos Ocana, from Spain shared his proposal for actives that help history and citizenship educators confront the complex issues of Jihadist terrorism and the rise of the radical right in Europe in their classroom. In another workshop Joanna Wojdon, from Poland, demonstrated her proposed resource which explores how the historical thinking concept of continuity and change in historical events and processes changes perception depending on different perspectives.

Our project partners also shared their proposed projects with conference members during the Marketplace of Ideas. Sonja de Leeuw from EUscreen in partnership with Maja Drabczyk from National Film Archive-Audio Visual Institute, Poland (FINA) and Karolina Dziełak from the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS), shared their project proposal to develop interactive learning activates which explore migration in Europe using EUscreen’s large collection of digitized audio-visual sources. From the Croatian History Teacher’s Association (HUNP), Vedran Ristic shared the proposal for a project to investigate local material heritage and the personal stories connected to these materials from a contemporary global perspective.

The team decided that the individual contributors will spend the next year working with the teacher trainers to create a set of unified teaching strategies that form the basis of their proposed projects. These strategies will be peer-reviews and published on Historiana so teachers from across the globe can use them to teach history in a way that respects diversity, counters nationalist narratives, and promotes a critical enquiry about the past. Additionally, the individual contributors and project partners will be sharing the outcome of their proposed projects next year at the EuroClio Annual Conference 2020 in Serbia. Keep an eye out for further updates on this exciting project!

Conflict Matters Conference in London

Taking place every two years, Conflict Matters – organised by the Evens Foundation – is a conference exploring the transformative potential of conflict on societies and individuals. This year, the conference will focus on the theme of conflict transformation through education. The three day event, taking place in London from the 8th-10th of November, will feature numerous opportunities for interesting discussions regarding the role and potential of education in creating productive dialogue in divided societies. Among these is a breakout session on the topic of “Decolonising Education?” which features EuroClio director Jonathan Even-Zohar.

See the full programme and register for free at: http://conflictmatters.eu/conference-2017/


How can we deal with conflicts in a constructive way – in schools, in families, in society?

It’s this question that the Evens Foundation invites you; teachers, educators, parents and policymakers, to explore at the Conflict Matters Conference in Brussels (21-23 October 2015). The Conflict Matters conference is a unique opportunity to learn all about inspiring practices and to forge new partnerships to advance constructive conflict-management education in the EU. With the right skills, conflict offers a great opportunity to work on urgent issues – such as prejudice, racism and violence in schools – and can bring about transformative change, creativity and growth. Become part of this fruitful conference by registering here. Visit the website for more information on the program and the individual workshops.

Evens Foundation supports Historiana WW1 Module

EuroClio is thrilled to announce that The Evens Foundation agreed to support the further development of the Historiana World War One Module! The WWI Module consists of a package of (online) learning resources that is being developed to help educators to put the First World War in a wider perspective. The module will consist of cross-border source collections, learning activities, and online tools that promote multi-perspectivity and historical thinking. Currently the Community of Voluntary Contributors, Content Team and Learning Team, supported by the EuroClio Secretariat Staff, Trainees and Research Trainees work hard for the Launch of the Module in July 2014.

The Evens Foundation initiates and supports sustainable projects, and awards biennial prizes, that contribute to the progress and strengthening of Europe based on cultural and social diversity.
If you are interested to be involved in Historiana, please contact EuroClio Project Manager Judith Geerling.