Representatives of six European partner organisations of the EU project “EHISTO – European History Crossroads as Pathways to Intercultural and Media Education” (2012-2014) are going to meet in Augsburg from 28th to 30th November 2012 for the kick-off meeting, following the invitation of the project coordinator Prof. Dr. Susanne Popp, who holds the Chair of History Didactics at the University of Augsburg.
Augsburg - From 28th to 30th November 2012 the kick-off event for the EU project “EHISTO – European History Crossroads as Pathways to Intercultural and Media Education” will be held at the Haus St. Ulrich in Augsburg. The first project meeting focuses on the current state of comparative research on popular history magazines in Europe as well as the development of an analytical tool for further study of specific features of popular historical representations in commercial print media.
Participating organisations, besides the Chair of History Didactics at the University of Augsburg, are the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain), Dalarna University (Sweden), University of East Anglia (UK), the Academy of Management Lodz (Poland) as well as the Institute for Film and Picture in Science and Education (Institut für Film und Bild in Wissenschaft und Unterricht in Munich, Germany). As a comparative project on a European level, it aims at the critical discussion of popular history publications with regard to the key question of a responsible mediation of history in mass media. The project responds to the increasing significance of a commercialised mediation of history within the public historical culture and reflects the fact that these representations, which not always meet the EU standards for history education, can have a lasting impact on the young generation’s understanding of history. Thereby EHISTO contributes to the transfer of critical media skills within and outside of school and history classes.
The tangible subject matter of the analysis are so called “history crossroads” – historical topics which are relevant in school curricula and represented in all European history magazines. By comparing national accounts of history, the project connects the media critical level with a cross-culturally comparing objective and explores similarities and differences of European cultures of remembrance based on transnational occurrences and developments (e.g. migration, religion, cultural exchange, conflicts and peace treaties).
Based on the research results obtained in the first phase, the project will develop theoretical and empirical tools. These help to develop quality criteria for popular representations of history in commercialised print media as well as didactically sound online teaching material and, last but not least, transnational workshops for the education and training of teachers. The project “EHISTO” is funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme with around 300,000 euros.