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Past Times - Talking and Teaching History

Past Times - Talking and Teaching History

By EuroClio
The EuroClio Podcast 'Past Times - Talking and Teaching History' is a podcast series for and by history educators. The aim of the podcast is to discuss topics and ideas that are relevant for the teaching of history, to inspire each other and learn from some of the great minds that are part of our community.
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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?
May 23, 2022
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? 
April 21, 2022
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. 
December 08, 2021
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? 
November 25, 2021
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. 
September 03, 2021
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?
June 25, 2021
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!
May 25, 2021
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? 
April 15, 2021
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 
February 23, 2021
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?
December 19, 2020
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). 
October 06, 2020
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. 
August 24, 2020
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:
July 16, 2020
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.
July 16, 2020
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 and the many great and free resources Stanford has developed for history educators.
June 18, 2020