Interculturalism in Historical Education


The "Interculturalism in Historical Education” conference was held at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in April 2015 and was organised in partnership with the European Wergeland Centre and with support from the Council of Europe. The purpose of the conference was an attempt to give an answer to the question how to use knowledge and reflections about the past for building the attitudes of openness in the globalising world and to explore the potential of diversity in local communities.

We had a look at the methods of inter-cultural education, civic education and the education on human rights. We devoted particular attention to whether we can prevent discrimination and counteract anti-Semitism, racism and hate speech through educational activities, and how this could be achieved.

What we wanted to take into account were the perspectives of both researchers and practitioners in the field of education and culture. The conference was an opportunity to hold discussions, share experiences and inspirations, seek new methods together, as well as initiate contacts and partnerships with representatives of Polish and European and non-European organisations and institutions.

We invited researchers dealing with the issue of interculturalism and intercultural education, as well as practitioners: museum professionals, representatives of non-governmental organisations and cultural institutions, educators, pedagogues, and people running multi- and intercultural projects.

The conference programme comprised lectures, discussions, workshops and accompanying events. The lectures were delivered and discussions were moderated by invited experts from Poland and abroad, whilst the workshops were led by experts and activists who had submitted their proposals of workshops through open enrolment.

Download the programme in PDF version

Watch a report from the conference here:

Panels and lectures:

 The official opening of the conference
Zygmunt Stępiński, Prof. Adam Daniel Rotfeld, Ana Perona-Fjeldstad, Ewa Dudek, Bjørgulv Vinje Borgundvaag

Panel discussion: Historical and civic education: the contemporary challenges of diversified Europe
Prof. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Thomas Michael Walle, Philippe Boukara, Christina Gamstorp, Konstanty Gebert

Lecture and expert commentary: Historical education and intercultural competences
Prof. Kristin Skinstad van der Kooij
Sjur Bergan

Lecture and expert commentary: Local histories – attitude towards others
Witold Dąbrowski
Brendan Jackson

Lecture and expert commentary: Interculturalism in the city
Prof. Paul Scheffer
Prof. Barbara Szacka

Lecture and expert commentary: How to cope with prejudice, discrimination and hate speech
Prof. Andreas Zick
Marte Michelet

Summary panel: Interculturalism in historical education
Sjur Bergan, Alicja Pacewicz, Dr Grzegorz Mazurkiewicz, Dr Claudia Lenz

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