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27th Annual Conference: Controversy and Disagreement in the Classroom

New Dates: 10-14 November 2020

EuroClio’s 27th Annual Conference (which would have been taking place as we speak in Belgrade) unfortunately had to be postponed due to the coronavirus.

We are pleased to announce that the Annual Conference will take place 10 to 14 November 2020.

Together with our partners and co-hosts UDi and Education for the 21st Century, we will closely monitor the situation in the coming months. In the final week of August, we will decide whether it is safe for the Conference to go ahead.  We hope that you will be able to join us in November at our first-ever autumn Conference! We promise five rewarding days of professional development, cultural programming, and an opportunity to reconnect with your colleagues to celebrate the end of a difficult period for us all. In the unlikely event that the situation extends longer than expected, we will, of course, reimburse all registration fees in full should we need to postpone. Until then, stay healthy and stay home!

Association updates

Message from EuroClio President Paolo Ceccoli

Dear all,

This is a letter that I thought I would never have to write. With the 2020 Annual Conference postponed and the General Assembly online, we have two events in situations that none of us could have imagined before the pandemic. Last year, in Gdańsk, I thought my presidency we would finally witness EuroClio's return to normalcy in terms of staff and finances. From that point of view, it has been the case, but history has broken in and we are no longer only studying and teaching it, we are living it. We don’t know what kind of “normal” will exist in the future, but I strongly believe that our mission will remain important. As the philosopher Hegel once said: 

"One may contemplate history from the point of view of happiness. But actually history is not the soil of happiness. The periods of happiness are blank pages in it. There is, it is true, satisfaction in world history. But it is not the kind that is called happiness, for it is satisfaction of purposes that are above particular interests. Purposes that are relevant for world history must be grasped in abstract volition and with energy."

We are all torn from our certainties and habits. We are all facing new challenges concerning our health and our personal roles as teachers and citizens. Yet, I am sure that we will do everything to foster the missions of our lives – to educate our students as well as possible. We are looking for the Hegelian “satisfaction”, so to say, in the awareness that, more than ever, teaching history is one of the most needed tools to understand the world. Who knows better than us how strong and fragile we are as human beings and, last but not least, how teaching history through as many perspectives as possible is the only way in which history can be taught effectively?

I hope to see many of you online at the General Assembly and at the postponed Annual Conference. I wish you all the best. 
We understand that we are all trying our best to maintain as much normalcy in and out of work during these strange and uncertain times. In an effort to better support you, we have created a survey that will serve to inform the agendas of upcoming courses and webinars, as well as our outreach strategy and the content we will continue to share with you via our various platforms. 

We would greatly appreciate if you could take a couple of minutes to share with us your needs, preferences, and expectations. Thank you in advance for your valuable input!
Take me to the survey -> 

EuroClio General Assembly 2020

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year's General Assembly will be organised online. Open to the general public, we invite all members to join us on 4 April at 16:00 CEST.
Register here ->

The GA offers our members a chance to discuss the Association's results of the year, the budget for the coming year, and plans for the future. In addition, the GA will this year elect a new board member, re-elect two audit committee members, and vote on a new application for full membership.
More info here >
Are you eager to try new teaching strategies and tools that allow you to keep students focused on a topic even when at home and surrounded by many distractions? A quick conversation with the EuroClio community proves that you are not alone. Many teachers from across Europe are, at this very moment, designing their next online history lesson and wondering how to make it interesting and informative for 20+ teenagers, in 20+ different rooms.

With this in mind, we have developed a course of seven lessons that tackle different aspects of online teaching, including how to plan your lesson and how to assess the results. The course will be held free of charge. Lessons will be published every other Thursday, starting 2 April with a lesson on the basics of online teaching.
Our latest reviews & blogs

Fiction and films are already used by history educators around the world, but another kind of resource is rapidly growing in popularity: historical video games.  Cecilia Biaggi, a postdoctoral trainee at EuroClio, explores how video games can be used in teaching, with a focus on practical issues, benefits, and shortcomings. Read the full article on our webpage ->
Five tips for online history
As schools all across the world have closed, online teaching has become the new normal. In this article, Maayke de Vries, a history teacher at the International School Almere in The Netherlands, briefly explains the different modes of online learning and provides five free resources useful for history educators. Read the full article on our webpage -> 

History Behind the Headlines is a series of short (15 min) podcasts exploring the origins of contemporary conflicts and potential future conflicts. Based on in-depth interviews with historians, political scientists, sociologists, and aid workers, the podcast aims to be as objective and comprehensive as humanly possible – and to provide a unique record of how conflicts erupt.
Read EuroClio Ambassador Helen Snelson's review of the series on our website -> 
Call for Reviews
Have you discovered an interesting resource that you would like to share with our community? Would you like to review a history-themed (video) game, a book, or perhaps a podcast? Please contact us at – we are happy to reimburse purchasing costs for reviews that are published!
Historiana Updates
New Source Collections available!
We are continuously working to expand our collections of free historical content on the Historiana portal. A number of new source collections are now available. Here's a sneak peak of two – plus a timely spotlight on a previous collection on artistic impressions of The Plague!

The Plague

National Personifications

Life in Europe in the 50s
EuroClio - European Association of History Educators supports the development of responsible and innovative history, citizenship and heritage education by promoting critical thinking, multi-perspectivity, mutual respect, and the inclusion of controversial issues. Read more

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