Past Times - Talking and Teaching History
Past Times - Talking and Teaching HistoryMay 12, 2023
Episode 22: House of European History
In conversation with Laurence Bragard and Blandine Smilansky, we discuss the challenge of setting up a museum on European history from scratch. Which artefacts finds its way to the exhibition and what is left out? We also discover the possibilities for teachers and students visiting Brussels or working with the House of European History online from their own classroom
Episode 21: A constitutional visit to Chile
In this episode, Maayke and Andreas speak with Rodrigo Mayorga (Instagram rodrigomayorgac), Director of Momento Constituyente, about the consitutional reform process that took place in Chile over the last few years. Momento Constituyente is an NGO based in Santiago de Chile and focusing on civics/citizenship education. Both Rodrigo and his NGO were actively encouraging conversations around the constitutional reform process and we learn more about its implications for students, teachers and history and citizenship education.
Episode 20: What is going on in Poland?
EuroClio's Adam Dargiewicz and Andreas Holtberget speak with Prof. Joanna Wojdon (University of Wrocław) and Jacek Staniszewski (history teacher, headmaster, and co-founder of The Good Education Association). We discuss the latest developments and proposed changes to the Polish history curriculum, the new and controversial subject ‘History and the Present’ (HiT in the Polish abbreviation) and the impact of the war in Ukraine.
Understand Polish? Have a listen to Jacek's own podcast, Podcasterix!
Episode 19: Who were the victims of the national socialists?
In this episode, EuroClio staff Eugenie Khatschatrian and Andreas Holtberget speak with a teacher, Tatjana Juric, and a student, Teofan Badza, both from a high school in Banja Luka in Bosnia-Herzegovina about their project focusing on the victims of the Ustase regime during World War II. The work in Banja Luka was part of the "Who were the victims of the national socialists" project funded by the EVZ foundation.
Episode 18: South Africa with Marj Brown
Our latest podcast guest is the social activist, teacher, and president of the South African Society for History Teaching, Marj Brown. We speak on overcoming the deep racial divides post-Apartheid, current challenges for history teaching in South Africa and possibilities for regional and global collaboration in history education.
Episode 17: Place-based learning
In this episode we are joined by Barry van Driel, President of the International Association for Intercultural Education and Juraj Varga, EuroClio Board Member and Chairman of the Centre for Education and Innovations (CEDIN), to talk about place-based learning. Why and how do we do it? Both Barry and Juraj are involved in EuroClio projects taking history outside of the classroom - which was also the focus of our most recent thematic webinar series. Follow us on social media and consider joining us as an individual member to stay up to date on the latest news, including the Seeking Justice: From Nuremberg to The Hague initiative led by Barry and the Who were the victims of the National Socialists project involving Juraj!
Episode 16: The Road to Totalitarianism with Tamara Eidelman
We speak with Russian historian, history teacher, activist and EuroClio ‘Ambassador’ Tamara Eidelman about authoritarianism and totalitarianism. Having left Moscow for Lisbon in connection with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Tamara continues to run her wildly popular YouTube channel on Russian and World History from aboard. Tamara shares her thoughts on teaching about totalitarianism, her experience as a teacher in Russia, her own school education in the Soviet Union, as well as the current war and situation in Russia - and its implications for history teaching. Is Putin’s Russia itself on the road to totalitarianism?
This podcast episode was recorded in connection with EuroClio's webinar series "The Road to totalitarianism". Registrations on euroclio.eu will open shortly!
For more content with Tamara Eidelman, we highly recommend her interview on the YouTube channel of Russian journalist Yury Dud (with English subtitles).
Episode 15: Gender and sexuality in history teaching
We are joined by Claire Holliss, head of history at Reigate College in the UK and author of the blog Fresh Alarums, to talk about gender and sexuality in the history classroom. We discuss her approaches to teaching queer history, gender and sexuality, including the difficult issue of terminology. Discover more on the topic with Claire's blog (including a set of teacher's primers) and EuroClio's webinar series.
Episode 14: Stereotypes and prejudice in the classroom
We are joined by historian and sociologist Katalin Morgan to talk about stereotypes and prejudices in history education sharing her experiences living and working in Hungary, South Africa, Germany and the Netherlands. How are stereotypes formed, how do we recognise them and how do we as history educators counteract prejudices commonly found in both textbooks and the classroom?
Episode 13: Why school history matters
In this episode we speak with Tina van der Vlies, Assistant Professor of History at Erasmus University Rotterdam, about the purposes of history education. Prof. van der Vlies has recently received a grant for her research project 'Why school history matters: public discourses on the purposes of history education, 1920 – 2020'. Tying in with our 2022 Annual Conference topic "What is history for?", we speak with Prof. van der Vlies about some crucial questions for our discipline: why do we do it and why does it matter?
Episode 12: Contested Histories - Colston and Bristol
In June 2020 the statue of Edward Colston, a 17th Century slave trader, was pushed into Bristol harbour during a Black Lives Matter protest leading to global media attention. The statue was later recovered by the Bristol city council and displayed at a local museum. We speak with Bristol-based history teacher Richard Kennett about his recent book on the Bristol slave trade, how the controversy over Colston was addressed in the classroom as well as the current situation in Bristol and how the city and its people are dealing with a contested past.
Episode 11: Teaching democracy
We speak with Felisa Tibbitts (@FelisaTibbitts), Chair in Human Rights Education at Utrecht University and Lecturer at Columbia University's Teacher College about democracy and history education. How do we as teachers and educators deal with hate speech and extremist viewpoints in the classroom? How do we get students to understand the fragility of democracy? And what role do teachers play as 'agents of change', including in societies in transition to democracy?
Episode 10: Assessment
We are joined by two teachers, Christoph Schiebold from the International Montessori School in Brussels and Riitta Mikkola from Karakallio School in Espoo, Finland, to talk assessment: How do we do it? Formative? Summative? What are the challenges? And from which age should we grade? Our episode is part of a larger thematic focus on assessment and linked to our webinar series on the topic. Want more? Head over to our YouTube channel for recorded sessions.
Episode 9: Conflict, Reconciliation and History Education
We speak with Prof. María Emma Wills Obregón, based in Bogotá, about the role of history education in tackling recent memories of conflict and the reconciliation process in Colombia. Prof. Wills was part of a team that developed a toolkit with methodologies and lessons for debating the historic memory of the conflict with students. What are the pedagogical legacies of the conflict? What advice can she give history educators wanting to teach difficult and contentious topics?
Episode 8: Teaching history with football
We discover the potential of 'the beautiful game' in education. We speak with two teachers, Enrico Cavalieri in Italy and Hellen Janssen in the Netherlands, about their experiences teaching history through the lens of football. Enrico talks about his lesson plan, exploring the rise of fascism in Europe, migration, World War II and the Shoah, with the life story of Jewish-Hungarian football coach Árpád Weisz. Hellen meanwhile, is no football fan, but still found inspiration for her teaching practice with the rich material from EuroClio's project Football Makes History.
For more on Enrico's lesson plan - along other inspiring stories on how to use football in your teaching practice, join EuroClio online for our thematic webinar series 28 May, 4 & 11 June!
Episode 7: Emotions in the classroom
In this episode, we speak with history teacher Dr. Amaia Lamikiz and Prof. Michalinos Zembylas on the place and role of emotions in history education. Should we encourage emotions as a tool for teaching or are they "in the way", clouding the vision of both teacher and student? What strategies are available for teachers when emotions do arise?
Episode 6: The powers of historical knowledge
We speak with Prof. Arthur Chapman and Dr. Maria K. Georgiou about the powers of historical knowledge, highlighting the recent book edited by Prof. Chapman: "Knowing History in Schools: Powerful knowledge and the powers of knowledge". The book includes a chapter co-authored by our two guests and we speak with both about its key concepts, the social justice potential of history education and how the ideas of powerful knowledge can make its way into classroom practice.
The book, published by UCL Press, is open access and is free to download on uclpress.co.uk.
Episode 5: Canons in history education
We discuss the concept of historical canons with EuroClio founder Joke van der Leeuw-Roord and Prof. Karel van Nieuwenhuyse of the KU Leuven. As the Dutch canon has recently been revised and a canon for Flanders is in the works, we look at the controversies surrounding both canons and ask ourselves what role canons can have in history education - if at all! What are their shortcomings? How do they relate to national curricula? What are the implications for history teachers?
Episode 4: Textbooks
We discuss the role of textbooks in history education with a critical reflection on why need them and how we should use them. What makes a good textbook and how can we compliment our teaching with other sources? Podcast hosts Maayke de Vries and Katria Tomko are joined by Dr. Maren Tribukait from the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research in Braunschweig (Germany) and Ann-Laure Liéval, teacher at Lycee Fenelon in Lille and teacher trainer at Sciences Po Lille (France).
Episode 3: History under threat
We discuss persecution and censorship, the importance of history and history education in safeguarding and promoting democratic values and ask ourselves why historians are so dangerous to so many different regimes. We highlight the work of Prof. Antoon de Baets, founder of the Network of Concerned Historians , and zoom in on the recent and worrying developments for history education in Brazil under President Jair Bolsonaro with Prof. Arthur Ávila.
Consult the latest (2020) report of the Network of Concerned Historians here and join their latest campaigns here.
Episode 2 Bonus: Interview with Dr. Rose Borunda
Our interview with Dr Borunda contained so much interesting insights that we decided to publish it as a bonus episode. In this part of the interview, Dr Borunda mentions how ethnic studies is on the rise in the US, which aims to include indigenous knowledge in the curriculum, and challenges the eurocentric perception of knowledge. In the episode, Dr Borunda refers to the website California Indian History Curriculum, which provides educators with a counter-narrative on the history of the Americas: https://www.csus.edu/college/education/engagement/indian-curriculum.html
Episode 2: "Forgive but not forget"
In this episode we look at how historic events are remembered, celebrated and commemorated. We explore the topic through the lens of the Mayflower 400 events taking place in the Netherlands, the UK and the US this year and commemorating the arrival of the first settlers to the New England colonies from England by way of Leiden in The Netherlands. We speak with Dr Rose Borunda (author of the book What is the Color of your Heart: A Humanist Approach to Diversity”) from Sacremento State University, with Leiden University lecturer Dr Eduard van de Bilt and with Leiden400 coordinator Jonathan Even-Zohar, on counternarratives, the history of remembrance and practical tips for how educators can commemorate contested topics or events in the classroom.
Episode 1: History and Digital Media Literacy
In this episode we talk with Prof. Sam Wineburg (Twitter: @samwineburg), who is head of the Stanford History Education Group. In our episode we focus on “civic online reasoning”, thus skills that everyone should be familiar with in order to find reliable sources on the internet. Professor Wineburg emphasizes the role of history and history educators in providing young people with the skills needed to maneuver a time of mass confusion.
Be sure to visit https://sheg.stanford.edu/ and https://cor.stanford.edu/.for the many great and free resources Stanford has developed for history educators.