On-Site Learning Day during EuroClio’s 24th Annual Conference in San Sebastian

Wednesday 5 April saw participants of EuroClio’s 24th Annual Conference “Intersections: How Can History Education Change Today?” take part in an on-site learning day of activities. Participants visited museums and historic venues around the beautiful city of San Sebastian. Visits took place to the Gernika Peace Museum, the Old Assembly House and the Gernikako Arbola (the oak tree of Gernika).

The on-site learning activities continued to the travelling “Remembrance Square” exhibition by the Gogora Institute for Remembrance, Coexistence and Human Rights. “Remembrance Square” is a project that collects and exhibits witness accounts on what happened in the Basque Country in recent decades in order to build a shared and pluralistic memory. The activities finished with dinner at the well-known Petritegi Cider House.

“Learning History by Doing it.” Interactive Session on Civic Engagement Projects during EuroClio’s 24th Annual Conference

Tuesday 4 April saw an interactive session entitled “Engaging young people with past and present. Learning history by doing it” which was organised in close cooperation between EuroClio, EUSTORY Iberian Competition and Ikastolen Elkartea. The session consisted of several elements, first starting with an introduction to the EUSTORY Iberian competition by Ignacio Herrera and Yolanda Trujillo, focusing on the concept of EUSTORY and the EUSTORY Iberian Competition, and its role in the nature of citizenship and engagement since 2008.

Five case presentations running in parallel by the students and teachers followed, touching on subjects such as the Wall of Gandia, the factory of the Salesians of Serrià, La Casita, the European Youth Parliament and ‘fighting in favour of equality’. The student-led sessions were a great success.

A concluding panel moderated by Ignacio Herrera brought insights from case presentations to the panel and open discussion among the conference participants.

Panels on Controversial Histories within Spain and Civil Society Initiatives during EuroClio’s 24th Annual Conference

The first two full days of EuroClio’s 24th Annual Conference “Intersections: How can History Education Change Today?” in San Sebastian, saw two engaging panels take place. The first of which was aimed at addressing controversial histories that are still a challenge for Spain, and how these controversies are reflected in politics and history education today. Specifically, the panel focused on the cases of mass graves from the civil war; amnesty and the pact of forgetting; and the special relationship from Madrid to Galicia, the Basque Country and Catalonia. The panel included Giles Tremlett (fellow of the Cañada Blanch Institute, London School of Economics) José Álvarez Junco (contributor to El Pais and seminar co-leader of the Contemporary History of the Ortega y Gasset Research Institute) and Ander Delgado (Professor of the Teacher Training School of Bilbao, University of the Basque Country).

On Tuesday 4 April, a panel on “Society dealing with the past in History Education” through a focus on civil society initiatives took place. The panel featured Maria Naimska (Project manager of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, ENRS), Jordi Guixe (Founding Director of the European Observatory on Memories, EUROM), and Ignacio Hernaiz (Director of Organisation of Ibero-American for Education, Science and Culture, OEI). The panel gave their thoughts on how civil society initiatives can be included within teaching practices.

Annual Conference Kicks-off with Opening Ceremonies

On Sunday 2 April, the 24th EuroClio Annual Conference and Professional Development Course "Intersections: How Can History Education Change Today?" was declared open by Director of EuroClio Jonathan Even-Zohar at the beautiful City Hall of Donostia-San Sebastian.

Words of welcome were given by the Mayor of the city, Eneko Goia, and the Councilor responsible for Culture, Basque Language and Education, Miren Azkarate, whilst the campaign to celebrate EuroClio’s 25th anniversary, “EuroClio25”, was launched. A performance from the Gero-Axular Dantza Taldea followed, thrilling the audience. The dance group was created in 2004 by some parents of Axular ikastola, with the intention of preserving Basque culture but also developing future trends.

A further official welcoming ceremony took place on Monday 3 April, with contributions from the Vicerector of the host university EHU-UPV, the University of the Basque Country, and representatives from the joint local organiser associations: Vice President of the History and Geography Teachers Association of Spain, Luis Horrillo; and the President of Ikastolen Elkartea (Basque School Network), Koldo Tellitu.

President of EuroClio Lóa Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir raised strong arguments when highlighting the importance of lifelong learning of teachers during an interesting contribution, whilst Tatiana Milko from the Council of Europe posed questions about the position of History as a subject — for instance whether it can be merged with civic education or Human Rights studies.

Mario Carretero, Professor of Psychology from the Autonoma University of Madrid, gave a fascinating key note speech on the topic of “Teaching of Local History (Collective Memory) Versus Global History”. Professor Carretero highlighted the role master narratives can play and the complex relationship between local and global issues.

EuroClio Offers Three Full Scholarships to Attend 2017 Annual Conference

EuroClio - Inspiring History and Citizenship Educators is proud to present a unique opportunity for history education professionals to attend the 2017 EuroClio Annual Conference "Intersections: How Can History Education Change Today?" The conference will take place from 2-7 April in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain.

At the 24th Annual Conference, the EuroClio project Decisions and Dilemmas will launch learning materials and have workshops specifically about how to teach the European Union. Through this project, EuroClio is able to offer maximum three scholarships for full participation in the 2017 Annual Conference. The scholarships cover travel from door-to-door, participation in the full conference and stay for 6 nights, for maximum three grantees.

Selection criteria

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • have a strong relationship with a EuroClio member organisation;
  • face economic obstacles to cover their own participation;
  • have concrete opportunities for follow-up and dissemination of EuroClio conference materials, especially from the Decisions and Dilemmas project;
  • have had limited opportunities to participate in EuroClio annual conferences in the past.

Eligible candidates are required to:

  • have adequate proficiency in English;
  • have a background in history education, preferably practicing at a school;
  • be motivated to engage and share knowledge with colleagues from across Europe.

How to apply?

Are you interested? Click here (or copy the link below in your browser), to fill out the application form. The deadline for applications is Monday 13 February, 23:59 CET. Applications received after Monday 13 February will not be considered. Candidates will be notified of the results by February 28 at the latest.

Application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd6afa3bpaF72kpQNKIp5NbF1JechM-ZQuo_On2wTyF2CzdZg/viewform

Decisions and Dilemmas II

Spanish Association Holds First General Assembly Since 2008

EuroClio Association

At the end of January 2016, the Spanish Association of History and Geography Teachers (AEPHG) held its annual meeting, for the first time since 2008. The AEPHG was originally founded in 1991, in Cervantes, a historical secondary school in Madrid. During the 2016 General Assembly, which took place in the Spanish capital Madrid, a new board was elected, comprised of Cristina del Moral (President), Luis Horillo (Vice President), Álfredo López (Treasurer), Maria José Escaso (Secretary), Alejandro Molinero (External Relations) and Rosa Pulido (Outreach).

The association was only recently reactivated. Luis Horillo:

Personally, I believe that it is a great opportunity for Spanish history teachers to have the same experience as I had, while attending to the EuroClio Annual Conference in Denmark. Therefore, after last summer, with the help of other history teachers we have started updating the Spanish Association of History and Geography Teachers again.

In 2015 Luis Horillo had a meeting with EuroClio Secretariat members Jonathan Even-Zohar, Steven Stegers and Judith Geerling, which helped to revitalize the Spanish association. About the Annual Conference in Denmark which Luis Horillo attended, he says: "It is a chance to study new ways in learning history, and more importantly, it is the perfect location to find professors who are interested in developing new ways to learn history based on a great range of pedagogies."

The new Association's commitment in the following years will be to provide teachers with high quality training in geography, history and art history. Second of all, the new board will aim to modernize history studies in Spain based on the following focal points: firstly, studying history with objectivity (but keeping multi-perspectivity in mind). Secondly, designing history classes without historical myths and stereotypes. Thirdly, studying controversial topics in history without political viewpoints on the past. As professionals we must encourage history as a method of reconciliation to promote responsibility, motivation and critical thinking in our students.

After the general assembly, where Judith Geerling shortly presented the work of EuroClio, a meeting was organized between the new board, Harri Beobide from EuroClio member association Ikastolen Elkartera (Basque Network of Schools), and Judith Geerling, about the Annual Conference of 2017 in San Sebastian. The 2017 Annual Conference will be co-organized by the Spanish Association of History and Geography Teachers and Ikastolen Elkartera.