The Image of the Other in History Teaching (2006-2009)
While history and history teaching have been a focus for the Council of Europe’s work on education since its inception – being mentioned specifically in the European Cultural Convention of 1954 – the political context today (with globalisation, human migration, the development of information technologies and the existence of both dialogue and tension between different cultures and different religions) makes it more significant than ever.
The increasing multicultural nature of European societies lends new significance to history teaching and requires, at the same time, a thoroughgoing review of its aims and methods, focusing in particular on ways of developing multiperspectivity.
The current project is part of a cohesive overall effort involving all the Council’s activities in the field of intercultural dialogue.
Three working themes and areas of work have been identified.
- "Multiple images, shared destinies? – Learning about history in a multicultural society"
- "Images of others and ourselves in the context of globalisation" and
- "The image of the other in conflict situations: learning different histories as a means of rebuilding trust".