10:00 am – 11:30 am

Workshop “The State of Remembrance in Europe”

How Can Europe Teach and Learn About the First World War?

Chair: Joke van der Leeuw-Roord | Founder and Special Advisor of EUROCLIO

Here, we will ask what European students and pupils learn about the war and how it is taught by history educators. Felicitas Macgilchrist will introduce the participants to the topic of education by analysing the changing role of the First World War in schools’ curricula. This is of particular interest as educational professionals still struggle with the First World War’s many, and often conflicting, interpretations and narratives. Her theoretical analysis will be complemented by the presentation of Herbert Ruland’s practical experiences in a cross-border region. He will present an exhibition and address the challenges and chances of such multi-perspective educational projects.

Dr Felicitas Macgilchrist (Georg-Eckert-Institut, Germany)
History Education and Memory Practices: On Curricula, Classrooms and Media

Dr Herbert Ruland (“GrenzGeschichte”, Autonomous High School of the German-speaking Community in Eupen, Belgium)
Commemorating the First World War in a Divided Country – How Three Belgian Communities are Dealing With the Topic in Schools

12:00 am – 1:30 pm

Workshop “Challenges and ‘Blind Spots’ of Remembrance”

From Wire Recording to “Holy Holograms” – Commemoration Without Contemporary Witnesses

Chair: Joke van der Leeuw-Roord | Founder and Special Advisor of EUROCLIO

The year 2014, as a meaningful occasion for remembrance and for vital discussions about commemoration in a national, European and global context, pointed out very clearly: A significant transformation of commemorative culture has gotten under way.
Living today, there is no opportunity to learn about the First World War from contemporary witnesses. Soon, this will apply to the Shoa as well. While the first oral reports have been wire recordings, today 3D holograms of contemporary witnesses can be created inside the classrooms. Virtual stories of survivors can be accessed via a multitude of digital data bases as well as social media projects on facebook and twitter. This creates all-time accessible “contemporary witnesses on demand”. But at the same time, it becomes harder to distinguish authentic from fictional sources. Are we facing a challenge or chance here?
The workshop will explore the role of contemporary witnesses in commemorative culture and examines examples of innovative educational methods of remembrance.

Bernd Körte-Braun (Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), Freie Universität Berlin)

Dr. Axel Doßmann (University of Jena, Germany)

Miriam Menzel (“Dueting the Army Postal Service“ project, Kooperative Berlin, Germany)

2.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Workshop “Looking Ahead: European Perspectives and Strategies”

History Education as Agent Between Past and Future

Chair: Joke van der Leeuw-Roord | Founder and Special Advisor of EUROCLIO

History educators are dealing with questions of culpability, remorse, firm nationalisms and stories of heroes and defeated. At the same time European societies grow more and more heterogeneous. People of a myriad of backgrounds are living together in most European societies. How do educators handle this challenge? What significance does the increasing diversity of European societies (individualisation, mobility, migration, etc.) have for historical educational work and its learning objectives? How is it possible to identify different perspectives and how can we allow them to coexist? How do collective memory and mutual comprehension relate to each other?

Prof. Dr Bogdan Murgescu (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Teaching Multiperspectivity in 21st Century Europe. Challenge and Limits of Extra-Curricular Historical Education Projects

Frank Morawietz (Special Emissary of the DFJW in South-East Europe, Berlin, Germany)
Dealing with a Difficult Past in Europe – Experiences from French-German History Projects with the Balkans