A crisis in history teaching in Europe?

Prospects and deadlocks in school construction of historical consciousness

20.11.2019 - 04.12.2019

Venue: École Normale Supérieure (48 bd. Jourdan, 75014 Paris)

The aim of the seminar is to identify common lines of development between the 1980s and the present. The main challenge concerns the socio-cultural registration of the crisis of legitimacy, which seems to affect, on the one hand, the national « canons » of history teaching and, on the other hand, its epistemological autonomy and its professional field.

Both factors affecting the institutional organization of systems (regionalization of programmes, privatization, institutional autonomy) and didactic evolution (teaching by objectives, modular didactics or competencies) and the emergence of national memory policies will be discussed.

The contributions, French and international, of the seminar focus on the relative place that history teaching occupies in the various national or federated systems, on the tensions that affect it and on the positioning of the social actors involved.

This seminar is organized by: Piera Colla (UCP, Agora), Laurence De Cock (Lyon2, ECP), Patrick Garcia (UCP, Agora), Bénédicte Girault (UCP, Agora), Patrica Legris (Rennes 2, TEMPORA), Ewa Tartakowsky (post-doctorante à l'ISSP).

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