EUROCLIO’s project team “Learning History That Is Not Yet History” announced as winner of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award

Deborah Ahenkorah (Ghana), the Center for Social Integrity (Myanmar) and ‘Learning History That Is Not Yet History’ (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia) recognized as outstanding leaders promoting inclusion worldwide.

Ottawa, Canada – October 15, 2019 – On October 15th 2019, the Global Centre for Pluralism announced the three winners of the 2019 Global Pluralism Award: Deborah Ahenkorah – a young Ghanaian social entrepreneur and book publisher bringing African children’s stories to life; the Center for Social Integrity - an organization giving youth from conflict-affected regions in Myanmar the skills and voice to be leaders for change amidst the many overlapping conflicts ongoing in the country; and ‘Learning History that is not yet History’ - a network of history educators and specialists in the Balkans pioneering a new approach to teaching the controversial history of conflict.

The Global Pluralism Award celebrates achievement and excellence in the field of pluralism. The Award is presented once every two years to individuals, organizations, governments and businesses of any nationality. Through their remarkable and sustained achievements, awardees contribute to building more inclusive societies in which human diversity is protected.

The winning project, ‘Learning History that is not yet History’, was carried out by a team (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia) of historians and educators who have been working for over 16 years to develop a responsible way of teaching the history of conflict in the former Yugoslavia. Recognizing that teachers often feel ill-equipped to teach these sensitive and controversial topics, the network created an online database of free resources and provides training for teachers. They represent the only regional effort to provide a non-biased approach to learning and teaching about the recent wars.

EUROCLIO wishes to thank everyone involved in this project: the project team Aleksander Todosijević, Nataša Kostić, Emina Zivković, Bojana Dujković-Blagojević, Melisa Forić, Marija Naletilić, Dea Marić, Igor Jovanović, Miljenko Hajdarović, Miloš Vukanović, Igor Radulović, project experts Mire Mladenovski, Marko Šuica, Edin Veladzić, Saša Knežević, Snjezana Koren, Aleksandar Jakir and project managers Jonathan Even-Zohar and Judith Geerling.

Everyone in this project has showed true dedication to working towards an inclusive history teaching and we could not be prouder of  the work that has been produced.

Thank you again to everyone who made this project a success!

Successful Meeting for the LHH Group in Serbia

From 22 to 25 March, the Learning a History that is ‘not yet History’ (LHH) Group has met up in Belgrade and Topola to have a training event. This was also their last meeting for this part of the project. On the first day of the event, the LHH group gathered at the EU Info Centre in Belgrade to hold a Stakeholder’s Dialogue. The goal of the stakeholder’s dialogue was to reflect on previous initiatives and achievements in the field of responsible education in the Western Balkan and to come up with a regional strategy for future work on regional cooperation in history education. After that, they moved to Hotel Oplenac in Topola for two days to participate in workshops (both for the LHH project and Learning to Disagree project) and have a future active planning session. There was also the official launch of the devedesete.net website by Aleksandar Todosijević and Miljenko Hajdarović. This website offers a variety of multi-lingual sources on the wars in the 90’s. The overarching theme of workshops was to show new ways of teaching about the former Yugoslavia wars in the 1990’s. The War(s) in Photos workshop, developed by Nataša Kostić and Bojana Dujković Blagojević, explored how utilizing real pictures of the events and making students discuss different the elements they contain can make it easier to put events in perspective.

The future active planning session took place on the final day of the Topola event. In it was discussed how the history teachers associations want to move ahead and what would be the best way for regional cooperation. It was clear that there is great enthusiasm within the LHH group to continue cooperating in order to achieve the project goals, and it was emphasized that EUROCLIO should be a part of this despite the leaving of Director Jonathan Even-Zohar. EUROLCIO is very satisfied with the events in Serbia and looks forward to the inevitable progress that future cooperation will bring.

Call to fill out Survey: How are the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990’s Remembered?

The Yugoslav wars of the 1990’s are often considered ‘not yet history’. Because the memory of the wars is still relatively recent, they are commemorated in many different ways and have also been widely investigated in connection with transnational justice.

Within the wider context of the project ‘Learning a History that is not yet History’, EUROCLIO – in cooperation with the Internationals Students of History Association (ISHA) – has developed a survey to collect information in order to map how the Yugoslav wars of the 1990’s are currently remembered throughout Europe.

We would kindly like to ask you to help us in our research by filling out the survey. The survey will take about 4-5 minutes, and is completely anonymous. The findings of the survey will be collected and presented at the public event ‘How can Europe help the Balkans ‘consume’ their History’ in Brussels on 18 December 2017.

The findings will contribute to the project ‘Learning a History that is not yet History’ in a broader sense; results from the survey will assist in developing new ways to approach this difficult and sensitive past in the field of European remembrance.

 

Learning a History that is not yet History Author’s meeting in Bosnia

This week, from 17-19 November, authors involved in the EUROCLIO project “Learning a History that is not yet History” will meet in Mostar to discuss and strategise the implementation of the project’s final tasks.

The project deals with questions of teaching recent and fragmented histories that are remembered in a variety of disparate ways. Taking the case of the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, it aims to contribute to the field of European remembrance through raising awareness among teachers, students and pupils of ways to establish common approaches to a difficult past. As the project enters its final stages, the meeting will involve finalizing its outcomes with the local partners involved.