Sharing European Histories

In 2018 the Evens Foundation launched a new initiative in partnership with EuroClio to support innovative projects and pioneering teaching strategies that help (young) people to understand the complexity and multiplicity of European history, and recognize how history can engage everyone in understanding Europe and their part within it.

The past is often a source of conflicting interpretations rather than easy consensus. Still, historical identity is central to relations between states and people in the here and now.

We believe that opening up a space to engage with the dissonant and often conflictual nature of European history is the first step in discovering common positions or overcoming divisions while acknowledging existing differences.

To get things moving we launched an open call for applications in 2018. Working bottom-up allowed us to keep an open mind regarding projects and ideas that answer the real needs of educators and researchers working in this field.

In response to our call, we received a wide range of ideas and project proposals from all over Europe.
In close consultation with an international expert group we selected and invited five individual contributors and two projects to further develop their ideas and projects.

The individual contributors - Gentian Dedja (Albania), Juan Carlos Ocaña (Spain), Elisabete Pereira (Portugal), Helen Snelson (UK) and Joanna Wojdon (Poland) - are currently in the process of rewriting the teaching strategies they proposed to engage with European history, making them accessible and user-friendly for history educators across Europe. These strategies will be presented during the next EuroClio conference.

The two projects that were selected for a grant were launched in Autumn.
The Croatian History Teachers Association will start working with local history hubs as an innovative model for students and teachers to learn about the imperial legacies in and diversity of the region through exploring local heritage.
The EUscreen Foundation and the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity aim to promote critical historical thinking among young people by developing and testing three new interactive learning activities based largely on audiovisual archival content coming from the EUscreen collection in their project (Re)Viewing European Stories. These activities will focus on changing borders and migrating individuals as a result of regional, national or international conflicts in Europe.

In 2018 the Evens Foundation launched a new initiative in partnership with EuroClio to support innovative projects and pioneering teaching strategies that help (young) people to understand the complexity and multiplicity of European history, and recognize how history can engage everyone in understanding Europe and their part within it.

The past is often a source of conflicting interpretations rather than easy consensus. Still, historical identity is central to relations between states and people in the here and now.

We believe that opening up a space to engage with the dissonant and often conflictual nature of European history is the first step in discovering common positions or overcoming divisions while acknowledging existing differences.

To get things moving we launched an open call for applications in 2018. Working bottom-up allowed us to keep an open mind regarding projects and ideas that answer the real needs of educators and researchers working in this field.

In response to our call, we received a wide range of ideas and project proposals from all over Europe.
In close consultation with an international expert group we selected and invited five individual contributors and two projects to further develop their ideas and projects.

The individual contributors - Gentian Dedja (Albania), Juan Carlos Ocaña (Spain), Elisabete Pereira (Portugal), Helen Snelson (UK) and Joanna Wojdon (Poland) - are currently in the process of rewriting the teaching strategies they proposed to engage with European history, making them accessible and user-friendly for history educators across Europe. These strategies will be presented during the next EuroClio conference.

The two projects that were selected for a grant were launched in Autumn.
The Croatian History Teachers Association will start working with local history hubs as an innovative model for students and teachers to learn about the imperial legacies in and diversity of the region through exploring local heritage.
The EUscreen Foundation and the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity aim to promote critical historical thinking among young people by developing and testing three new interactive learning activities based largely on audiovisual archival content coming from the EUscreen collection in their project (Re)Viewing European Stories. These activities will focus on changing borders and migrating individuals as a result of regional, national or international conflicts in Europe.

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Due to the current health crisis the Annual EuroClio conference in Belgrade where has been postponed to 10-14 November 2020.

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The third meeting of the working group took place on 7 & 8 February at our office in Antwerp. During this meeting our individual contributors presented the ideas for their workshops at the Annual EuroClio Conference that will take place in Belgrade in April 2020.

Together we were looking for the best and most engaging ways to frame and present innovative teaching strategies that we have been working on, using object biographies, historical figures, commemorative practices, the roots of important ideas and personal life stories to emphasize the transnational character of history. We also agreed on the big lines of the format for the publication and next steps of common work.

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Call for trainers in Sharing European Histories
We are looking for history educators interested in organizing a training in their respective countries to introduce the new history teaching strategies developed by the team of Sharing European Histories. The Train the Trainer session will take place on 2 April 2020 during the next EUROCLIO conference. Find out more.

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On 30 & 31 October 2019 the team of (Re)Viewing European Stories gathered at the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute/ FINA (Warsaw, Poland) to kick-off the project and start the co-creation process.
Read more about the meeting on the EUscreen blog.

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The second meeting of the working group took place on 27 & 28 August 2019 in The Hague and was hosted by EUROCLIO.
Read more about the different strategies the contributors and participants shared with each other during this peer-review meeting.