The 23rd annual Euroclio conference comes to Northern Ireland in March 2016 with the title: Reimagining Remembrance - Dealing With The Legacy of a Violent Past in History and Heritage Education.
This conference will take place close to Easter, 2016. In the spring and summer of 2016, two important events are being commemorated locally in the Easter Rising and the first day of the Battle of the Somme, both of which, subsequently, have helped shape cultural and political attitudes in Northern Ireland and beyond.
Participants attending the conference will have an opportunity to engage with the on-going debate within civil society as to how best these events might be handled, to experience educational initiatives to help young people better understand the Decade's historical and contemporary importance and to reflect on how similar events are remembered in their own countries.
The 23rd edition of the EUROCLIO Annual Professional Development and Training Conference in 2016 will focus on the roles, impact and challenges of the decade’s historical and contemporary importance and to reflect on remembering and commemorating the difficult past presents particular challenges in the reconciliation process for governments, civil society and history educators.
The Northern Ireland history community has had over 40 years’ experience of teaching sensitive history in a divided society. During that time it has gained considerable expertise through adopting an enquiry based, multi-perspective approach and applying the historical process to sensitive events from the past.
It has also encountered significant challenges, not least in developing in teachers the aptitude, skills and confidence to enable them to move beyond the distant narrative and make connections between the difficult past and the contentious present.
The programme is premised on the view that local practitioners can influence the practice of visitors but also that engagement with the innovative ideas of visiting educators can deepen the professional knowledge of all participants.
This programme provides an overview of what events and discussions will take place during the week. As you can see, each day will have a theme of discussion that will develop throughout the week and help fuel the debate on an important aspect on the discipline of history and how it ties in with ideas of citizenship.
CLICK HERE for more information on the Euroclio programme and to register.