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History teachers’ epistemic considerations

Time Thursday 13 October until Friday 14 October, 2022 at 08:00 - 17:00
Place Will be presented later

October 13–14, 2022, Umeå, Sweden

Epistemological considerations have been discussed within the realm of historical scholarship for a very long time. The acknowledgement of a disparity between the past itself and the histories about that past has increasingly also been applied to history curricula in many parts of the world and so called multi-perspectivism now has a prominent place in history teaching. As an important means of promoting a society’s democratic vibrancy, multi-perspectivism enables students to take critical distance from their knowledge claims and helps complicate and counter the powerful effects of pre-given cognitive frames that tend to reinforce national myths. However, these same syllabi are still also vehicles for national cohesion and tend to reconstruct a national past that is not up for debate. This ambiguity embedded in the combination of reconstruction and deconstruction is a difficult landscape for teachers to navigate. This symposium will explore these issues and they will be addressed in different ways from a multitude of perspectives. Accommodation in Umeå (2 nights) will be covered for the ~20 participants invited (see call for papers below regarding how to submit a proposal)

See the symposium web page for call for papers and more information

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 February 2022.


Henrik Åström Elmersjö (Umeå University)
Paul Zanazanian (McGill University)

Event type: Conference
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