ISHA’s New Year’s Seminar in Marburg

The International Students of History Association (ISHA) New Year’s Seminar 2015-16 with the topic “History and Fiction” will take place from 4th to 9th January 2016 with space for 40 participants. The application period will start at the end of THIS month on the 26th October and end on the 30th. Visit their homepage for soon to come information about the application procedure.

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‘Poland in the Heart of European History’ seminar held in August

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From 24-30 August 2015 An intensive seminar entitled ‘Poland in the Heart of European History’, took place in the Polish Congress House Jabłonna Palace near Warsaw. EUROCLIO Ambassador Ineke Veldhuis-Meester reports: The Institute of National Remembrance IPN, Instytut Pamięci, offered to 24 History Teachers and Remembrance Educators their views on Polish XXth century history and culture, through lectures, and some workshops, each followed by open discussions., skilfully interpreted by Paweł Sawicki from the Auschwitz Museum. This was the second part of a two years course by carefully chosen lecturers , all specialists in their fields of study of the History of 20th Century Poland.

We learned about e.g. the remarkable role of the Polish Underground State, the movement Solidarity, and the Martial Law. IPN produces historical educational games. By playing the game Kolejka, the Queue, we experienced a part of daily life namely lining up for shops , tricks and hinderances to move on.

The variety of countries represented, enhanced very much the discussions on comparisons and differences: there were nine Hungarians, further people from Moldova, Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Malta, Spain, the Netherlands , Austria, Denmark, Estonia and Iceland; four of them were Euroclians. Exchanging experiences and views continued in the evening and night on the beautiful premisses of the Jabłonna Palace. Łukasz Michalski managed to treat us on a piano recital of a Polish candidate for the Chopin Piano Concours in October in this ‘Chopin year’.

It was a great week with a great group under the inspiring and strict guiding of Anna Brojer, supported by Małgorzata Żuławnik.

Ineke Veldhuis-Meester Euroclio ambassador.

Documenta Active at International seminar on Balkan, Holocaust and the Jews

From 13-16 May 2015 an international seminar for history teachers from Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina on “Balkan, Holocaust and the Jews“ was held in Zagreb and Jasenovac, Croatia.  The seminar was organized by Mémorial de la Shoah from Paris in cooperation with Croatian Teacher Training Agency, Ministry of Education of Republic of Serbia and Jasenovac Memorial Site, with the support of European Commission (“Europe for Citizens” program) and Claims Conference. The seminar combined workshops, study tours and lectures on topics of anti-Semitism in the Balkans, Holocaust on the territory of Yugoslavia (1941-1945), culture of memory, and history textbooks in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Marko Smokvina from the Documenta-Center for Dealing with the Past presented the project „My Place through Time“ which deals with the legacy of WWII and the Holocaust in three local communities in Croatia (Čakovec, Dubrovnik, Pula).

Yahad in Unum and Mémorial de Caen Museum Offers Grants for Teacher Training Seminar in November

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European history teachers are invited to participate in a 2-day training session on ‘the Holocaust by Bullets’ and the persecutions of the Roma in Eastern Europe. The seminar will be held in both English and French on November 7 and 8, 2016 and all expenses will be paid for by the organisers. The seminars will introduce new teaching tools and sources as they explore further the knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and the Genocide of Roma in Eastern Europe. Read more about this seminar in this briefing.

To participate in the seminar, please send a letter of interest and a resume by September 20, 2015 to Julia Garmash (j.garmash@yahadinunum.org). For more information, visit their website.

Inaugural Seminar to be held in Kosovo to Support Implementation of Curriculum Reforms

On 23-25 May 2014, the History Teachers Association of Kosovo (SHMHK) will host the inaugural training seminar of the EUROCLIO-supported project ‘History Matters: New Steps for History Education in Kosovo’ in Pristina

The seminar will be the first in a series that supports the implementation of the Kosovo Core Curriculum, which was produced by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in 2011 as part of its broader strategic plan for education. Specifically, it will train the developers of the history syllabus as part of the ongoing reform by initiating collaboration between historians, textbook authors, history educators, and curriculum developers with a focus on innovative pedagogy and methodologies of learning as well as the use of corresponding materials. This will enable history educators in Kosovo to actively contribute to the reform process with their share of the responsibility for its implementation.

The seminar will be attended by approximately thirty participants comprising of prominent history teachers and key figures within the education sector in Kosovo. International experts Luisa Black (Portugal), Martin Liepach (Germany) and Ian Phillips (UK) will host workshops based on learning outcomes of the Core Curriculum in order to train participants on how these objectives can be implemented on a practical level in the classroom. On the final morning of the seminar, participants will be encouraged to use their newly acquired knowledge to help develop new curricula material. The event will also include a study visit to a site of historic interest near Pristina.

More information about the event can be found in the attached draft programme, and on the website page of the project, which will be updated with further content as it progresses.

Educators, authors, policy makers from South-east Europe discuss textbook design

On 2-7 December 2013, EUROCLIO participated in the Seminar “International Comparison of Textbook Content Design” held at Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) in Braunschweig, Germany. The event brought together 20 history educators, textbook authors, and education experts from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, as well as international research fellows at GEI.

EUROCLIO was represented at the event by Director Jonathan Even-Zohar and Trainee Sven Mörsdorf. EUROCLIO member Besnik Emini, Vice-president of ANIM (Association of History Educators in Macedonia), held an active workshop on using multi-perspectivity in teaching controversial and sensitive history, and also presented the History that Connects the Western Balkans programme.

The seminar provided a unique opportunity to discuss and compare a variety of important influences on history education in the region, e.g. the realities of textbook authorship, the requirements of different curricula and the state of their implementation, and good practices for creating and using innovative teaching materials and learning activities.

Report on First National Seminar in Armenia, Yerevan State University

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The first national seminar within the project ‘Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues. Innovating History Education in the Black Sea Region’, addressed to history teachers from the Republic of Armenia, took place on 23rd March 2013 at the Yerevan State University. The trainings were organized by the Armenian Association of History Educators (AAHE) in partnership with EUROCLIO, with an attendance of 42 teachers from the all regions of Armenia. The participants were involved in active workshops, based on the experience of history teachers and trainers from Georgia and Armenia. On the long run working tasks for the national group were established according to the aims and objectives of the project. This training session resulted to be very effective both as for their teaching skills and for the Project’s further planning. Besides, the participation of international trainers as well as University professors was very useful for exchanging experience and developing skills.

The report of the training will be available soon.
If interested in additional information, please contact Aysel Gojayeva.
Click here to read more about ‘Sharing History, Cultural Dialogues’ project.

How Is History Taught in Moldova in 2012? EUROCLIO Exploratory Visit to Moldova, 10-16 September

EUROCLIO Senior Managers Steven Stegers and Blandine Smilansky just returned from a very intensive week in Moldova. This visit took place in the framework Sharing History, Cultural Dialogue, a regional initiative in which EUROCLIO member ANTIM (Association of Young Historians of Moldova) is participating together with partners in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine. During the visit, EUROCLIO project coordinator and reporter were able to gather a lot of input from various stakeholders in the field of history education in Moldova. Thanks to the professionalism of their local partner ANTIM and dedication of its President Sergiu Musteata, they had in-depth interviews with students, teachers, school headmasters, teacher trainers and training centers directors, as well as the Minister of Education of Moldova and her staff dealing with history education. The week ended with a very active training Seminar for teachers at the State Pedagogical University in Chisinau, to which Mare Oja from Estonia and Benny Christensen from Denmark contributed. The Seminar was attended by over 80 history educators from across the country. An Event Report is available below, and a Special Report presenting the findings of this exploratory visit will be published before the end of 2012.

Successful Seminar on Conflict and Cooperation at Ballycastle on 19-23 September 2012

The seminar took place in a beautiful seaside city of Ballycastle (Northern Ireland) from the 19th to the 23rd of September 2012. It was participated by 25 participants from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, England, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, The Netherlands. On the 19th of September, some of the participants joined an optional on-site learning programme in the city of Belfast which included introduction to History of Northern Ireland by Peter Collins from St. Mary’s College and visit to Murals in Belfast. The rest part of the programme took place in Derry/Londonderry and Ballycastle at the Corrymeela Community Centre. After the introduction to the programme and key note lecture on the Northern Ireland Context by Alan McCully from University of Ulster which took place in Corrymeela, participants visited the Nerve Centre in Derry/Londonderry and participated in the workshop on Teaching History through Multi-Media Approaches run by a project, Teaching Divided History’ by Matthew McAleer (The Creative Media Facilitator and Trainer on the Teaching Divided Histories project). The programme in Derry/Londonderry was followed with the visit to Free Derry Museum and optional on-site learning programme in Bogsides. The second and the third days of the programme were filled with different interesting workshops by local and international trainers, panel presentations on ‘Dealing with Sensitive Issues in Contemporary History Teaching’, presentation of Historiana project and case studies. On the last day of the seminar, participants had the chance to reflect on the issues that stroke them much during the programme and think about the best gained knowledge and experience they will take home. The participants described the seminar as the great learning experience. All activities in the programme served to build a better understanding about the nature of conflict in Northern Ireland, share experiences and feelings of people who experienced  conflicts in their countries and think together on best ways how to deal with troubles, sensitive and controversial issues in the classroom among their students. The seminar will be followed up with the report describing broader context of the event and interesting quotations by local and international History teachers.

Click here to visit the project page at the EUROCLIO website.

Fifth Regional Authors and Experts Work Session

The Fifth Regional Seminar within the EUROCLIO/Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/OSI Programme “History that Connects. How to teach sensitive and controversial issues in the countries of Former Yugoslavia” will be held in Veles, Macedonia, 29 June – 1 July 2012.

As the date of the event approaches, EUROCLIO’s efforts to increase international awareness for the programme seem to be paying off. At the moment, over 30 participants from 9 different countries will be participating in the event. Representatives from all Former Yugoslavia, as well as a contributors from Switzerland and representatives from Kultur Kontakt will actively engage during the seminar.

The seminar is co-organised with the History Teachers Association of Macedonia, and will focus on further development of Educational Material.

In case you would like more information about the programme or the project, feel free to contact Jonathan Even-Zohar at jonathan@euroclio.eu and Mirjam Zeilmaker at mirjam@euroclio.eu