Decolonising Education: Voices from different fields

We believe it is long overdue that the colonial roots of history education and its connection to modern-day racism are properly addressed in the classroom, which is the focus of the webinar series “Decolonising History”. In addition, we believe that the effect of the colonial past on everyday racism goes far beyond how the colonial past is tackled in the classroom, encompassing every aspect of education from access to schooling to teacher training to non-formal education.

The panel discussion will explore what decolonisation entails outside of the classroom, in particular in relation to curriculum design, teacher education, and museum curation.

Speakers and Moderator

Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, University of Brighton. Dr. Mocrieffe is Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, University of Brighton. His areas of research and interest are: 20th Century Black-British histories to the present; National Identity, Decolonising Curriculum Knowledge; Anti-Racism. In addition, he is a world renowned expert on the history and lives of Black cycling champions. He will be talking about ‘decolonising the curricululm’, starting from the British curriculum and widening the angle to general considerations about decolonising the curriculum.

Dr Heloise Sathorar and Dr. Deidre Geduld, Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. Dr. Sathorar is Head of Department for Secondary School Education at the School of Education, Nelson Mandela University. Her areas of research and interest include: Decolonising Education and Critical Pedagogy. Dr. Geduld is Senior Lecturer at the School for Initial Teacher Education, Nelson Mandela University. Her areas of research and interest include: Early Child Development, Inclusive Education, Critical Pedagogy, and Decolonising the Curriculum in the South African Context. Together, Dr. Sathorar and Dr. Geduld will be talking about ‘decolonising teacher education’, starting from a research they conducted in South Africa and widening the angle to more general considerations.

Dr. Laura Van Broekhoven, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford. Dr. Van Broekhoven is Director at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford. Her current research interests include repatriation and redress, with a focus on the importance of collaboration, inclusivity and reflexive inquiry. Her regional academic research has focused on collaborative collection research with Amazonian (Surinam and Brazil) indigenous peoples, Yokot’an (Maya) oral history, Mixtec indigenous market systems, and Nicaraguan indigenous resistance in colonial times. She will be talking about decoloniality from the point of view of museums and museum curation.

Participation Fee

Participation to the Panel Discussion is free of charge

Contact us!

Would you like more information on the panel discussion?

Please, reach out at secretariat@euroclio.eu with the subject line “Decolonising Education”. We will be in contact as soon as possible.

Donors and Partners

Virtual book launch: Contested Histories in Public Spaces

Alicia Rijlaarsdam EUROCLIO, Project Updates ,

The virtual launch of the eBook Contested Histories in Public Spaces: Principles, Processes, Best Practices” will be held on Thursday 11 February (18:00 – 19:00 CET).

During the webinar, hosted by the International Bar Association, participants will hear from the volumes’ co-editors, such as Dr Timothy W Ryback, Dr Mark Ellis, and Benjamin Glahn, along with practitioners and scholars.

The landmark volume is intended for policymakers confronting controversies over historical legacies in public spaces like statues, memorials and street names. It presents ten case studies and discusses their significance, interpretations and possible remedies – placarding, resignification and repurposing, to relocation, removal, or destruction. Iconic examples are disputes over Christopher Columbus, Edward Colston, Robert E Lee, and Cecil Rhodes, among others.

‘Contested Histories’ is a project developed by EuroClio’s research centre Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation in order to tackle these issues and offer a resolution to such controversies. As of February 2021, the project has identified more than 230 cases of contested histories in public spaces.

The registration for the webinar and other details can be found on on the IBA website.

Virtual Discussion – “75 Years Since: How We Remember World War II in Europe”

On 2 September 2020, the world is marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II (WWII). The war remains one of the most painful and conflicting episodes of the European nations’ memories. Many current conflicts are embedded in history and in the use of history as a political tool.

On May 2020, the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum released a short film - “Clash of Memories: 75 Years after the End of WWII in Europe”. The film deals with historical memory and different modes of remembrance in Germany, Poland and Russia.

Taking the film as a starting point, the speakers will seek answers to the following questions:

  • What are the main narratives of remembrance surrounding WWII in different European countries? Who are the major actors in the process of commemoration?
  • How does the clash of memories emerge? In which way do the current conflicts of memories relate to each other?
  • How is the topic reflected in history school education? Is a unified history (textbook) possible?
  • What can be done to resolve these conflicts deriving from the historical past?

All participants are encouraged to actively contribute to the discussion and share their thoughts and narratives from their own countries.

Speakers:

  •  Jörg Morré, German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst (Germany)
  • Alexandra Polivanova, International Memorial (Russia)
  • Jan Szkudliński, historian, former specialist at the Museum of World War II (Poland)

Moderator:

  • Steven Stegers, EuroClio (the Netherlands)

The discussion will take place on 2 September 2020, 4pm – 6pm, via Zoom. The language of the discussion is English, no interpretation will be provided.

To register click here.

 

The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum was established in 2011 by non-governmental organisations as a permanent common platform. At the moment, 183 NGOs from Russia and the European Union are members or supporters of the Forum. It aims at developing the cooperation of civil society organisations from both Russia and the EU, and greater participation of NGOs in the EU-Russia dialogue. The Forum has been actively involved, inter alia, in the question of Visa facilitation agreements, the development of civic participation, the protection of the environment and human rights, as well as dealing with history and civic education.

To watch the short film “Clash of Memories: 75 Years after the End of WWII in Europe” please click here. The film is a follow-up of the Touring Exhibition “Different Wars: National School Textbooks on World War II”, which was shown in 2016-2019 in 20 cities and towns in EU member states, Belarus and Russia.

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