A win for research

The winners of this year’s Georg Eckert Research Award will be announced on 3 December 2020. The prize honours outstanding academic work in the field of educational media research. The Westermann Group sponsors the research award with an endowment of 5,000 Euros. The winners will be honoured this year via YouTube. Read more

Research library reopening for loans

From 26.05.2020 the research library will be open on: Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the public will be able to borrow books, but the use of the reading room, including photocopiers and scanners, will be reserved for GEI staff. We apologise for any inconvenience. Further details on the use of the library are available here: Read more

Digital Education after COVID-19

Seit COVID-19 steht die Digitalisierung des Bildungssektors im Fokus der Öffentlichkeit. In einer Online-Konferenz debattiert Felicitas Macgilchrist (GEI) mit Fachkollegen über die Folgen der Epidemie für die internationale Bildungslandschaft. Wie digital wird Bildung „danach“ ? Die Debatte findet am 24. Juni in englischer Sprache statt. ZuhörerInnen sind willkommen. Read more

Islam and its culture and history in educational media

What scope is there to portray diversity in textbooks and to provide a differentiated view of Islam and its culture and history? How can museum curators, researchers and creators of educational media work together? Ideas for the collaborative development of varied educational materials were developed during a tour of the Museum für Islamische Kunst and subsequent workshops. Read more

Textbook of the Year 2020

Every year the GEI, together with its partners the bpd (Federal Agency for Civic Education) and the Didacta Association, recognises authors, editors and publishers who develop innovative textbook concepts. The nominees for 2020 have been selected. The winners will be announced at 3pm on 24 March 2020 at the didacta education fair in Stuttgart. Read more

A century of constitutional law on religion: secularism and society in transition

Germany is celebrating the centenary of its constitutional law on the freedom of religion. But what is the state attitude to religion? This question was addressed at a conference held by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) from 28 to 30 January. Our colleague Prof. Riem Spielhaus gave a keynote speech at the start of the conference and led a workshop on 30 January. Read more

Quo vadis, German-Israeli relationship?

A bilateral conference was organised by the Chair for History Teaching at the University of Leipzig and the Georg Eckert Institute as part of the activities of the German-Israeli Textbook Commission. At the conference, held on 28 and 29 November, delegates discussed the effects of migration on the relationship between the two countries. Read more

CLARIN, DARIAH, CLARIAH: Metadata infrastructures for historical research data.

Documenting sources and research data and making such material available is a challenge for historians, libraries and archives. At a workshop on November 19 2019, organised by CLARIN-D’s discipline-specific working group ‘History’, experts from CLARIN-D and DARIAH-DE will present their different infrastructure solutions. Project team members from the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel and... Read more

Shared history – different memories?

The GEI, the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus and the Polnischen Institut Düsseldorf hosted a lecture and discussion evening on 10 October 2019 in Düsseldorf. Members of the project team met with education practitioners to discuss the background and the aims behind the joint Polish-German history book ‘Europe – Our History’ and explored the opportunities and challenges it presents. Read more

In Education We TRUST?

Can we (still) trust education in schools and educational media? This is one of many questions that that Institute will address in the context of its annual theme: #Trust. The GEI’s annual conference ‘In Education we TRUST’, will be held from 3 to 5 June 2020. The call for papers has been announced and the submission deadline is 30 September 2019. Read more

The digital shift in educational media

The GEI is working with the University of Göttingen, the German Educational Research Association (GERA) and the Institute for Educational Science in Göttingen to host the annual conference of GERA’s School and Curriculum subdivision. The theme of the conference is the digital shift in schools and educational media and it will be held from 26 to 27 September 2019. Read more

Otto Bennemann Lecture

The current Otto Bennemann Fellow, Dr Darko Leitner-Stojanov will give a lecture on 23 October 2019 outlining the findings from his study of Yugoslavian textbooks. He will focus particularly on their depiction of science and technology. The lecture will take place in the Institute library at 6pm. Read more

International Georg Arnhold Summer School

The sixth annual Georg Arnhold Summer School will take place at the GEI from 25 to 29 June. This year’s topic is ‘Global Citizenship Education und Citizenship Education in a Changing World (GCE-CE)’ and will be attended by numerous scholars from around the world. Read more

German-Polish Textbook Commission in Brussels

The annual committee meeting of the Joint German-Polish Textbook Commission was held from 13 to 15 June in the Leibniz Association’s European office in Brussels. On the agenda was the next phase of the joint history textbook ‘Europe – Our History’ and a visit to the exhibition at the House of European History. Read more

Neues Geschichtscurriculum für die Republik Moldova

Fünf Tage lang forschten und berieten acht moldawische SchulbuchautorInnen am GEI in einem vom Moldova-Institut Leipzig (MIL) initiierten Workshop. Sie arbeiten derzeit am neuen Geschichtscurriculum für die Republik Moldova. Besonders interessierten sie sich dabei für innovative Ansätze zur Darstellung von gesellschaftlicher Pluralität. Der Workshop wurde finanziert durch das Auswärtige Amt. Read more

‘Europe – Our History’ at the University of Mannheim

As European elections open across Europe the GEI and the Historical Institute at the University of Mannheim are offering an insight into the work behind the transnational history book ‘Europe – Our History’. On 23 May 2019 the team will explain the project’s significance and discuss its challenges and opportunities with student and trainee teachers. Read more

Awards for the Best Textbooks

The winners of the ‘Textbook of the Year 2019’ were announced on 19 February at the didacta education trade fair in Cologne. First place in the languages category was awarded to ‘Camden Town’ by the Westermann Verlag. The society category was won by the history book ‘Zeit für Geschichte’, also published by the Westermann Verlag. Read more


The GEI is hosting a number of events at the Didacta education trade fair, which will take place in Cologne from 19 to 23 February 2019. In addition to the presentation of the 2019 Textbook of the Year Award, Dr Riem Spielhaus will give a talk on clichés in textbooks and Dr Annekatrin Bock will speak at two separate events on the School Cloud. Read more

Georg Eckert Research Award 2018

The GEI Research Award and the Award for Young Academics were announced at a ceremony in the Dornse in Braunschweig's old town hall on 30 November 2018. Dr Sabine Johannsen, the parliamentary state secretary for the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture attended the event and presented Dr Christine Ott und Lindsay Wills with their respective awards. Read more

Preventing Violent Extremism through Education

The official launch of the new publication ‘Preventing Violent Extremism through Education: International and German Practices’ by Dr. Eleni Christodoulou and Dr. Simona Behling took place on the 14th of December 2018 at the headquarters of the Leibniz Association in Berlin. The project, of the same name, is funded by the BMBF. Read more

Public lecture by Professor Gal Harmat

On 18 December 2018 Professor Gal Harmat, the current Georg Arnhold Visiting Research Professor, will give a lecture on ‘Practical Emancipatory Education: Gender, Human Rights and Sustainable Peace’. The lecture will take place at 6 pm in the GEI library and will address ways in which teachers can encourage pupils to reflect on culture, gender or social differences. Read more

Digital teaching materials in schools – opportunities and obstacles

On 12 December 2018 a public conference will be held in the Reichstag Building in Berlin on the theme of ‘Digital teaching materials in schools – opportunities and obstacles’. Dr Annekatrin Bock, a GEI research fellow, will take part in a discussion on the subject of ‘Approval, financing, data protection: political frameworks for the implementation of teaching software’ . Read more

Civil Society in periods of military threat

The GEI will host an international conference in Kiev on 7 and 8 December, in collaboration with ‘Nova Doba’ the All-Ukrainian Association of Teachers of History and Social Studies. The conference is titled ‘Civil Society in periods of military threat’ (Zivilgesellschaft in Zeiten militärischer Bedrohung) and will address societies that have been the scene of recent military conflicts. Read more

2nd EurEd Workshop

The second EurED workshop will be held in Copenhagen from 29 November to 1 December 2018. GEI researcher Dr Marcus Otto will give a talk with Magdalena Telus titled ‘Constructions of European contexts and discursive subject anchorings in textbooks’. Read more

Otto Bennemann Lecture 2018

On 27 November 2018 the Otto Bennemann lecture will take place from 18:00 to 19:30 in the institute library. Professor Vladimir Rouvinski from the CIES Research Center at the Icesi University in Cali, Columbia will talk about how the policy of ethnic enclosure is portrayed in Russian and Ukrainian textbooks and how this shapes the relationship between the countries. Read more

Critically communicate history – strengthen democracy

The GEI will host part of the international autumn school organised by the Moldova Institut Leipzig. From 26 to 28 November 2018 numerous academics will gather at the GEI to present their research at the event, which is titled ‘Geschichte kritisch vermitteln- Demokratie stärken’ (Critically communicate history – strengthen democracy). Read more

Portrayal of Roma in European Textbooks

An event to be held at the Central European University, Budapest on 16 November titled ‘Representation of Roma in European Curricula and Textbooks’ will explore the portrayal of Roma in European textbooks. In addition to the presentation of a project, in which the GEI is a participant, interim research findings will also be presented and discussed. Read more

Iberoamerikanischer Kongress für historische Bildung

Vom 14. bis 17. November 2018 findet an der Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, Brasilien der Iberoamerikanische Kongress für historische Bildung statt. Dr. Christoph Kohl und Dr. Steffen Sammler, beide Wissenschaftler am GEI, nehmen hier an einer Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema "Populismus, Bildungsmedien und Schulen in Zeiten der Krise" teil. Read more

"Zwischentöne. Materialien für Vielfalt im Klassenzimmer" an deutschen Auslandsschulen

Dr.Steffen Sammler, Wissenschaftler am GEI, stellt am 19., 20. und 21. November 2018 im Rahmen des vom Auswärtigen Amt geförderten Projektes "Schulbuch und Auswärtige Kulturpolitik" die digitalen Lehrmaterialien "Zwischentöne. Materialien für Vielfalt im Klassenzimmer" an deutschen Auslandsschulen in Buenos Aires und dem Instituto de Ensenanza Superior des Lenguas Vives vor. Read more

Textbooks as a Mission: The History of the Georg Eckert Institute

The new publication detailing the history of the Georg Eckert Institute: ‘Schulbuch als Mission: Geschichte des Georg-Eckert-Instituts’ by Prof. Eckhardt Fuchs, Dr Steffen Sammler and Kathrin Henne, was launched on 24 October 2018 in the Haus der Wissenschaft in Braunschweig. The presentation was followed by a podium discussion on the subject of ‘Quo vadis textbook revision? Developments and... Read more

Kolloquium: The School Sector and Educational Media in Times of Populist Politics: Examples from India and Ukraine

Wie beeinflusst der wieder erstarkende Populismus den Bildungssektor und die Bildungsmedien? Dieser Frage gehen Yuliya Yurchuk und Anil Sethi am 7. November um 17.30 Uhr in ihrem englischsprachigen Vortrag in der Bibliothek des GEI am Beispiel der Ukraine und Indiens nach. Read more

3rd International Conference on Global Citizenship Education

The 3rd International Conference on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) took place in Seoul on the 5 and 6 September 2018. At the conference delegates from around the world discussed current issues, proven practices and future steps related to GCED. Eckhardt Fuchs, director of the GEI, took part in a discussion on GCED in the context of the Korean conflict. Read more

We've laid the foundation stone

The wait is finally over! The foundation stone for the Georg Eckert Institute’s new library building was laid in Braunschweig on 29 August. Friends and patrons of the Institute celebrated the laying of the foundation stone for the new GEI Campus with guests from the fields of politics, culture, academia and industry. The new building is expected to be completed in autumn 2019. Read more

GEI colloquium presentation by Norm Friesen

Dr Norm Friesen from Boise State University, Idaho, was our guest at the GEI colloquium on 5 September 2018. Dr Friesen spoke on the history of textbooks as ‘multimedia’ pedagogical and cultural forms. Read more

Europe and Educational Media

The International Society for Historical and Systematic Research on Textbooks and Educational Media e.V (IGSBi) held its annual conference, titled Europe and Educational Media, on 6 and 7 October in Brixen, Italy. The Georg Eckert Institute hosted its own panel discussing ‘European bi- and multilateral textbook work – past and present'. Read more

Islam in Eastern German Schools

On the 9 November 2018 the conference ‘Islam in Eastern German Schools’ (Islam und Schule in Ostdeutschland) will be held at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (HTWK Leipzig). Riem Spielhaus, head of the ‘Textbooks and Society’ department at the GEI will give a talk on stereotypes of Muslims in schools. Read more

International Georg Arnhold Summer School 2018

This year's International Georg Arnhold Summer School on ‘Preventing Violent Extremism through Education: Challenges, Policies and Practices’ took place from 23 to 27 July. International scholars and experts explored and discussed the role of education in preventing violent extremism. Read more

How can textbooks help raise attainment and reduce inequalities?

This was the title of the international summit on textbooks held in London from 13 ―14 June 2018 at the Royal Society, the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth. The aim of the event was to enable high quality debate with different countries on their experiences of using textbooks. Professor Fuchs, director of the GEI gave two presentations on current textbook policy. Read more

Launch symposium and project workshop for ‘Histories in Motion’

On 4 and 5 June the University of Hildesheim will host the initial symposium for the new joint research project ’Histories in Motion’. The project will use empirical studies and real-time observations to investigate shifts in historical culture within societies shaped by migration, in Germany. Read more

Closing Conference: The Dynamics of Knowledge

On the 2 and 3 May the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Berlin hosted the closing conference for the project ‘Migration and Education in Germany since 1945’. The event principally explored the significance of migration processes on historic shifts in knowledge systems. Read more

Whither Equity in the '21st-Century School'? Critical Perspectives on Education and Technology

On 15 April Dr.Felicitas Macgilchrist will take part in a symposium in the Hilton Midtown in New York at 10.35am. The symposium will critically examine the application possibilities for technology in the classroom. Read more

Constructions of European and National Identities in Educational Media (EurEd)

The EurEd network will hold its kick-off workshop at the Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig on 6 and 7 April. The network will use innovative, interdisciplinary methods to examine the interconnections between language and national identities. Read more

Colloquium: Religion in School History Textbooks: An integrative approach to knowledge dissemination from the perspective of history didactics and the study of religion.

At 3pm on 14 March the GEI colloquium will explore how the topic of ‘religion’ is addressed in history lessons and how the disciplines of religion and history can be combined in the classroom. Read more

Podium discussion: One tablet does not make a (modern) school

A podium discussion titled ‘One tablet does not make a (modern) school’ will take place on 20 February 2018 at the didacta fair in Hanover (Hall 12 stand D14). The discussion will explore the diverse aspects of digitisation in the classroom and will examine the opportunities this brings, but also the challenges. Read more

Colloquium: ‘Engaging European Citizens with their Common Past- Europeana 1914-1918 and’

The online archive ‘Europeana 1914-1918’ allows people to share their family memories of the First World War with an international audience. It also provides a new approach to the challenge of European commemoration. On 14 February at 5pm Frank Drauschke will present his projects ‘Europeana 1914-1918’ und ‘’ at the GEI in Braunschweig. Read more

„Europa – unsere Geschichte“ am 22. Februar auf der didacta in Hannover

„Europa - unsere Geschichte“ macht es sich als deutsch-polnisches Geschichtsbuchprojekt zum Anliegen, die europäische Geschichte aus einer neuen Perspektive in den Blick zu nehmen. Der transnationale Ansatz ermöglicht neue Zugriffe auf die Lehrplaninhalte. Ein Lehrkräfteworkshop auf der didacta gibt Gelegenheit, Band 1 und 2 der Sek I-Geschichtsbuchreihe genauer kennenzulernen. Read more

Colloquium - The Invention of Democratic Subjectivity: Political Education in the Federal Republic of Germany

What skills should a democrat possess? What defines a democratic personality? How can democratic characteristics be fostered? Philipp Wagner will address these questions on 17 January (6pm) in his presentation titled ‘The invention of democratic subjectivity: Political education in the Federal Republic of Germany’. Read more

Schulbücher als Spiegel von Geschichtskultur - Keltendarstellungen im deutsch-französischen Vergleich

Die frühgeschichtlichen "Kelten" oder "Gallier", die vor der römischen Epoche in Europa lebten und ihre Darstellungen in Geschichtsschulbüchern stellen ein Beispiel dar, wie Vergangenheit immer wieder anders, mit neuen Schwerpunkten und Deutungen erklärt wird. Miriam Sénécheau wird im Kolloquium am 13. Dezember um 17.00 Uhr dieses Beispiel aufgreifen. Read more

The language of the future: ‘Hour of Code‘ on 4 December at the Georg August University in Göttingen

Digitisation is changing all areas of life and the task of schools is to prepare young people for the future. But how can teachers support learning using digital media and learning about it? On 4 December Professor Macgilchrist (GEI) and the Zentralen Einrichtung für Lehrerbildung (ZELB) (central teacher training institute) will offer an ‘hour of code‘ from 4 pm to 5 pm. Read more

International Workshop on ‘Transitional Justice and Education Policy’

The GEI and the German-Colombian Peace Institute (CAPAZ) held a workshop on 31.10 and 01.11 in Bogotá on the theme of ‘Transitional Justice and Education Policy’. Academics and experts from both governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations discussed the challenges of education for peace and history education in (post) conflict societies.

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From the Reformation to Religious Plurality: Educational Media in Focus

The GEI will host the conference ‘From the Reformation to Religious Plurality: Educational Media in Focus’ on 8 and 9 November 2017. On the anniversary of the Reformation, this conference will investigate questions related to the topic's depiction and relevance in educatonal media today. Read more

National Library Day

The first national library day, on 24 October 1995, was initiated by President von Weizsäcker. Libraries in Germany have since hosted a range of events on this date every year with the aim of highlighting their role as repositories of knowledge, mediators of information and cultural institutions. The principal focus of events at the GEI library was the collection of historic reading primers. Read more

I Believe Something that You Don't Believe

On 8 November 2017, 6:30–8:30 p.m., the GEI Research Library will host a podium discussion on religious plurality in schools. Through this event the GEI hopes to set the tone for a constructive discourse on religious diversity in the school context. The speakers will look at several educational approaches and projects related to religious plurality and will present new supplementary material. Read more

Colloquium: Al-Andalus in Syrian and German Versions of History

The Syrian refugees who have arrived in Germany since 2015 were socialised under a dictatorial system. As a result, they transport the knowledge and historical interpretations conveyed in their textbooks to German schools and universities. Franziska Proskawetz (M.Ed.) examines this historical view in her talk on 18 October. Read more

Colloquium on education for sustainable development (ESD): Opportunities and challenges for textbooks and teacher training.

Education for sustainable development is a new trend in educational policy, lately reinforced by a related international UNESCO decade which took place between 2005 and 2014. Nadia Lausselet’s presentation examines the challenges and opportunities facing ESD in terms of textbook development and teacher training. The colloquium will take place on 30 August 2017 in the Georg Eckert Institute... Read more

History Sources and Methodologies in the digital age: new approaches to an established discipline

A conference to conclude the ‘Children and their World’ project was held from 25-26 September in the Humbolt University in Berlin. The delegates included experts from digital and classical historical studies fields who addressed fundamental questions of systematic and methodological historical research. Read more

NKOS Workshop on 21. September

The head of the department DIRI, Ernesto De Luca, is organizing the 17th European Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) workshop together with GESIS, the University of Hanover, the Linneaus University and the University of South Wales. The Workshop will take place on 21 September 2017 as part of the TPDL2017 Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. Read more

International Guidebook on Embedding ESD in textbooks

The Georg Eckert Institute will be participating in the official launch of a UNESCO - MGIEP guidebook for textbook authors ‘Textbooks for Sustainable Development: A guide to Embedding’ at the 3rd Asia-Pacific Meeting on Education 2030, taking place in Bangkok from the 4th to the 7th July 2017. Eleni Christodoulou was one of the lead authors and member of the Editorial Board of the project. Read more

Conference on Religion and Education to be held by the Historic Education Research section of the DGfE

The GEI, in cooperation with the Institute for Educational Sciences at the Technische Universität in Braunschweig will host the annual conference for the Historic Education Research section of the German Society for Educational Science (DGfE). This year’s conference will examine religion in the field of education from a historical perspective. Read more

Conference on the ‘Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE)’ in Paris

On 26 June 2017, the GEI and the Permanent Delegation of Germany to UNESCO co-organised a workshop on the ‘Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE)’ through Educational Media at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Read more

Call for Papers: NKOS Workshop

The 17th European Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) workshop will take place on Thursday 21st September 2017 as part of the TPDL2017 Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. Submission deadline for the Call for Papers is Monday 10th July 2017. More information about the workshop and the Call for Papers can be found on the workshop website. Read more

Award for Textbook Commission

The joint German-Polish Textbook Commission are to be awarded the Viadrina Prize on Friday 9 June. The 22 German and Polish academics have been honoured for their long-term dedication to the creation of the joint history book for schools in Germany and Poland: ‘Europa. Unsere Geschichte‘ (Europe our History). Read more

Colloquium: Digital education using OER

Open Educational Resources (OER) or freely-available educational materials provide innovative and interactive educational possibilities in the digital world. But how are such OER prepared and published through relevant networks? Ingo Blees and Luca Mollenhauer from The German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF) will present an insight into their work on 7 June. Read more

Call for Papers "Welt der Kinder"

A discussion exploring digitisation within the discipline of history will take place at the end of the ‘Welt der Kinder’ (Children and their World) project. The aim will be to debate the digital development challenges and opportunities facing the field of history and to decide how the history ‘tool kit’ has changed in the digital age and why; also to look at adjustments necessary for the future. Read more

First Specialist Conference Worldwide on ‘Client Management OPSI’

On 18 and 19 May 2017, the first ever specialist IT conference on ‘Client Management OPSI’ took place at the GEI. The 38 participants represented all of the German research associations as well as universities. Presentations by the developer UIB and the companies Cape-IT and Univention, among others, revolved around OPSI and the cross-institutional community project ‘opsi4instituts’. Read more

Migration, flight and Integration

‘Migration, flight and integration’ is the focus of this year’s Leibniz Education Research Network conference in Berlin. Presentations from members of Leibniz institutes and other organisations will explore the potential and the challenges of educational research. More information can be found in the conference programme (in German). Read more

Shaping Society Together

The Federal Intercultural Convention (Bundesfachkongress Interkultur) - is being held in Braunschweig for the sixth time. The aim of the convention is to bring together the many discourses on cultural diversity and to explore different perspectives on our diverse society. Read more

Award Ceremony ‘Textbook of the Year 2017’

With the 2017 ‘Textbook of the Year’ award, the Georg Eckert Institute and the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) honoured extraordinary textbooks at the primary level. The ceremony took place on 24 March 2017 at the Leipzig Book Fair. We would like to congratulate all the winners! Read more

Georg Arnhold International Summer School

The Arnhold Program received over 300 applications from all over the world. Early-career scholars, experts as well as practitioners who are researching and working in this field applied with exciting topics and interesting projects. The Summer School will take place from 24 to 28 July 2017. Read more

Authenticity as an asset for historic sites

Document centres and memorial sites are logically situated in locations associated with memories, history and suffering. These historic locations are ascribed with a large degree of authenticity. But what exactly is genuine and how is it transformed, modified and presented? This fascinating topic will be the subject of a conference to be held in Dachau from 1 to 3 March 2017. Read more

"Europe: Our History" at the Leipzig Book Fair

The GEI is going to the Leipzig Book Fair. As part of the Fair’s focal area on education, within a programme of events for teachers and child care and support workers, researchers involved in the project will be presenting volume 1 of the joint Polish-German textbook Europe: Our History and talking about the background to the project, the concept behind the book and the aims it pursues. Read more

Human rights education and historical learning

Prof. Martin Lücke, professor of history didactics at the FU Berlin, will talk at the GEI colloquium on 22 March at 5pm. He specialises in the fields of the Holocaust and historical learning, the history of gender and sexuality, and on theoretical debates within history didactics. Read more

Workshop on Semantic Corpus Analysis: Applying Tools from the Project ‘Children and Their World’

Participants in this workshop will try out and evaluate digital humanities tools developed by the project ‘Children and Their World’. It is aimed at anyone working with large quantities of text, interested in finding structural patterns using new technological capabilities. The workshop will take place on 21 March from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the GEI villa. Read more

A Digital Revolution in the Classroom?

The ways we teach and learn are being transformed fundamentally by digitalisation. But how can digital technologies be used effectively in the educational context? What does this mean for schools and educational media publishers? On 14 February, representatives from politics, academia and education will convene at didacta 2017 to discuss the opportunities, risks and challenges of digitalisation. Read more

Podium Discussion: Which Knowledge and How Much Knowledge Do History Lessons Need?

On the 80th anniversary of the first recommendations for a joint German-French textbook, the German History Teachers’ Association (VGD) will host a podium discussion at the Georg Eckert Institute on 27 February 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Read more

Narrative Analyses in Textbook Research: An Example from Religious Studies. Colloquium on 25 January

Anja Kirsch, recipient of the 2016 Georg Eckert Research Award for her dissertation ‘Ideology as Narrative Culture’, spoke on 25 January at the GEI Colloquium on narrative analyses in textbook research. In the GDR, civics textbooks in schools were a central tool in the systematic communication of the Marxist-Leninist scientific worldview. Read more

"Catálogo Internacional de Libros de Texto" - Conference in Mexico City

From 30 November to 2 December 2016, the Cinvestav (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados des Instituto Politécnico Nacional) in Mexico City hosted a conference on "Catálogo Internacional de Libros de Texto" (International Textbook Catalogues at which participants from various countries gave presentations on their textbook catalogues. Read more

Transnational Education Influence during the Interwar Period: The League of Nations and China (1930-1939) (Kopie 1)

On 7 December research fellow Kaiyi Li, a research grantee from China, will hold a talk on transnational interrelations in the education sector in the interwar years. She will focus on the relationship between the League of Nations and China in the period from 1930 to 1939. The presentation will begin at 5pm and will be held in English. Read more

School Textbooks in the MENA Region – Representations of Religious Diversity and Environmental Issues

On 20 and 21 Novermber 2016, thirty education researchers met for a conference in Cairo to discuss textbooks in the Arab world. The delegates came from Egypt, Germany, Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar, Palestine and Yemen. The conference provided a space for the development of ideas for future cooperation in research and furthered dialog on education reform. Read more

History Teaching and Historical Reconciliation Processes in Germany/Europe and Korea/East Asia since 1945 전후 독일/유럽과 한국/동아시아에서의 역사교육과 역사화해

In collaboration with the Global Institute for Japanese Studies, the GEI hosted a workshop in Braunschweig on 19 July exploring ‘History Teaching and Historical Reconciliation Processes in Germany/Europe and Korea/East Asia since 1945’. The workshop examined the extent to which European experiences can be applied to other contexts. Read more

Otto Bennemann Grant for Research on Textbooks and Educational Media

The Otto Bennemann Grant, awarded annually by the Georg Eckert Institute, aims to promote work in textbook research that takes an innovative methodological approach. The grant offers funding of 2000 EUR per month and is awarded for a maximum duration of two months. It is financed by the Otto Bennemann Foundation. Applications will be accepted until 1 September 2016. Read more

Human Rights Education – The 2016 Georg-Arnhold International Summer School at the GEI

The Georg Eckert Institute and Teachers College of Columbia University hosted the third Georg Arnhold International Summer School on Education for Lasting Peace at the GEI from July 25 to 30, 2016. The programme critically explored theories and practices of human rights education (HRE) at the secondary school level. Read more

Writing history together: a textbook for Germany and Poland

On 22 June the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met his Polish counterpart Witold Waszczykowski in Berlin in order to launch the first volume of a joint history book titled, ‘Europe – Our history’ (Europa – Unsere Geschichte). Read more

Academia meets politics

The Leibniz Association programme ‘Leibniz im Bundestag’ provides the opportunity for Members of the Bundestag to speak directly with academics on a range of different themes. The GEI, which has taken part in these political consultations several times since the initiative was launched in 2008, was one of the major contributors among the Leibniz Institutes, having arranged eleven discussions. Read more

Educational Film from a Historical Perspective

An international workshop was held at the Georg Eckert Institute on the 27 and 28 May on the subject of ‘Educational Film from a historical perspective’. Scholars from the fields of history, media and film studies discussed the controversies that surrounded the introduction of the new media at the start of the 1920s, and also debated the aesthetic, didactic and political aspects of educational... Read more

XXXVI. Deutsch-Polnische Schulbuchkonferenz „Kommunikationsräume – Akteure, Praktiken und Umsetzungen in der schulischen Praxis“

Vom 19.-21. Mai 2016 veranstaltet die Gemeinsame Deutsch-Polnische Schulbuchkommission in Halle/Saale ihre XXXVI. Deutsch-Polnische Schulbuchkonferenz unter dem Titel „Kommunikationsräume – Akteure, Praktiken und Umsetzungen in der schulischen Praxis“. Damit verbindet sie Forschungen vor allem aus der Geschichtswissenschaft und der Geographie und knüpft an ihren Forschungsschwerpunkt der letzten... Read more

Raising Germans in the Age of Empire. Youth and Colonial Culture, 1871-1914

In his presentation Jeff Bowersox will focus on young Germans who grew up in the Age of Empire and and the various commercial and educational media through which they daily encountered the wider world. Kolloquium am Mittwoch, den 4. Mai 2016, um 17 Uhr. Unser Gast ist Jeff Bowersox. Read more

Observed Teaching Practices and Practices of Teacher Observation

May Jehle, research fellow and PhD candidate at the Chair for Didactics of Social Sciences, Goethe University Frankfurt, will present classroom video recordings as an untapped source for historical and comparative educational research in a lecture on April 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Georg Eckert Institute. Read more

Teacher Training on Diversity in the Classroom

The Competence Centre for Teacher Training (KLBS) at the TU Braunschweig will host a series of events in co-operation with the Zwischentöne (Nuances) project at the Georg Eckert Institute. On May 13, Alma Fathi will look at the topic ‘Flight and Asylum’. Read more

‘Learning the Other’s history’ – a textbook on the Middle East conflict

Dr Jörn Lehmann, literary scholar and historian, researches history of emotions at the University of Bern. He will talk at the Georg Eckert Institute about an unsual textbook published last year. The book places Palistinian and Israeli history alongside one another. Read more

Conference: ‘Visual History – concepts, research fields and prospects’

The Georg Eckert Institute will be jointly hosting a conference on historic image research with The Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF), the Herder Institute and the Deutsches Museum Munich; to take place from the 2 – 4 March in Berlin. Findings from the collaborative research project will be among the presentations and discussions. Read more

Politics of Memory Practices

From February 21 to 24, the symposium ‘Politics of Memory Practices’ will address the dynamics of memory practices as acts of political debate, knowledge production and society formation. Lectures in the cultural sciences will look at school as a space of intergenerational exchange and a site of shifting paradigms in education politics. (Symposium in English.) Read more

A new view of European history: A German-Polish textbook project

Workshop for teachers and interested members of the public at didacta 2016 in Cologne. If you are familiar with the German-French history textbook for upper secondary schools or the European history book you will know that they have both broken new ground in an attempt to record European history through the eyes of neighbouring countries and to find new, trans-border narratives Read more

Presentation by Otto Bennemann Fellow Paul Levine (PhD)

Progressive pedagogy and Holocaust history Textbooks – Is it possible to combine the two? This research project looks at Holocaust pedagogy in general, and textbooks specifically. Read more

The Reformation in European Historical Cultures. Prospects for History Teaching

On the 12 and 13 February academics will meet at the Georg Eckert Institute to discuss denominational models of interpretation in European historical cultures and in history textbooks in particular. Read more

CLARIN-D conference: "Digital History – New Tools for New Questions?"

The discipline-specific working groups “Modern History” and “Contemporary History” in CLARIN-D, under the direction of the Georg-Eckert-Institute and the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam, extend a warm invitation to their conference, to be held at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science in Berlin on 8 and 9 February. In addition to an introduction to the tools and sources relevant to... Read more

International Conference: "Children and their World"

The Institute of Social-anthropology and Popular Cultural Studies at the University of Zurich and its associated institute The Swiss Institute for Children’s and Youth Media (SIKJM), The Georg Eckert Institute and the German Historical Institute Washington D.C. would like to invite interested parties to a conference to be held at the University of Zurich from 4 to 6 February 2016. Read more

Myths of Historical Territories: Maps and Cartographic Discourses in the Post-Soviet Space

Dr Sergey Rumyansev, Georg Arnhold Visiting Research Professor at the GEI from Azerbaijan, presents his research on myths of historical territories and cartographic discourses, which among other things play a key role in provoking and justifying conflicts in the post-Soviet space. Read more

Conference on the Textbook Study “Migration and Integration” by the Georg Eckert Institute

The findings and recommendations of the study written by the Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) in collaboration with The Center for Inclusion and Democracy in Education at the University of Hildesheim at the request of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees, and Integration will be the subject of a conference involving civic organisations, education administrators, schools,... Read more

Project outline “Textbooks as facilitators of European Integration? – A study of political education in schools”

The European Union (EU) and its policies are largely perceived as being complex and dynamic yet remote. Teaching the concept of “European Integration” in politics lessons can therefore be a difficult task. For this reason teachers and students have a greater need for educational materials that further the understanding of this challenging subject and enable successful instruction in the classroom.... Read more

How is quality defined? Research infrastructures and knowledge transfer within German academia

The Georg Eckert Institute together with the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe and the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research warmly invite you to attend a panel discussion to take place on 16 December in Berlin. Read more

Is social transformation changing the nature of remembrance? Dealing with the National Socialist past in a society shaped by immigration.

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Textbooks up close and personal

To mark its 40th anniversary the Georg Eckert Institute is holding an open day on 8 Dec. All those interested in familiarising themselves with the work of the Institute and looking around the research library, containing the world’s most extensive collection of textbooks, are warmly invited. Read more

Knowledge production in a hybrid age

There is no teaching without media. But what do we know about how educational media are produced? Bringing researchers from across this fragmented field of research together, this conference, which takes place on the 3 and 4 December in Braunschweig, aims to examine both historical and contemporary perspectives and to foster communication between print-based and digital educational media research. Read more

Imagining the Cold War – Socialist and Post-Socialist Depictions of “East” and “West” in Romanian Textbooks

Drawing on insights from sociological neo-institutionalism, the presentation will address the discursive shapes taken by Romanian depictions of “East and West” in history textbooks from before and after the fall of the communist regime in 1989. Particular attention is paid to narratives of the Cold War - the conflict that arguably institutionalised the ‘East’ vs. ‘West’ dichotomy. Read more

Places still available!

The conference “Historical and political education in societies shaped by immigration – the role played by (educational) media, museums and memorials” offers a varied programme and introduces thought-provoking questions related to textbook-related memory culture. It is aimed primarily at teachers, textbook authors, specialists in didactics and representatives of museums and memorials. Read more

Workshop: After the War - A New Beginning? A Comparative Examination of Reading Primers Published and Used in 1945 in Europe

Reading primers are among the educational media that are of particular significance in times of emphatic political change. 70 years after the end of World War II the development, design, content and use of reading primers in European countries in 1945 will be addressed, from a comparative perspective, in a workshop scheduled for November 13-14, 2015 in Braunschweig (Germany).

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Memory Practices

The "Memory Practices" research group will give an overview of initial findings from their mixed methods study on memory practices and media use in schools. Through an empirical case study (nineteenth century colonialism), they show how that which counts as "worth remembering" is enacted and contested in the history classroom. Read more

Images and distortions of others – The German-Israeli Textbook Commission discusses its findings in Berlin

At a conference organised by the Council of Jews in Germany on the 4 and 5 November in Berlin members of the German-Israeli Textbook Commission presented the findings from their research. The bilateral textbook recommendations had already been presented to the public at the foreign office in July and this conference offered a new opportunity to examine and discuss in depth the perceptions of one... Read more

Arnhold Symposium in New York

"Education and Armed Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa"- The Georg Eckert Institute, the German Center for Research and Innovation and The New School for Social Research are pleased to invite all interested parties to the Arnhold Symposium on Education for Sustainable Peace 2015, which will take place in New York City on October 29 and 30. Read more

National Points of View: International conflicts and their portrayal in Wikipedia

Are military interventions in the Middle East acts of aggression or liberation? Who is responsible for the crisis between Russia and Ukraine? And who or what is preventing a peaceful solution to the conflict in the Middle East? The answers frequently depend upon the side of the conflict to which the question is addressed. According to social identity theory (Tajfel & Turner, 1979) people are... Read more

Pre-Service History Teachers, National Identity and Australian School Textbooks

For almost two decades, History education in Australia has been a site of struggle over collective memory of the colonial past. Conservative historians, politicians, and media commentators have been fighting to see an end to ‘black armband’ history – or what they see as an excessively mournful view of the past – and its replacement with what they argue is a more ‘balanced’, but usually... Read more

Ready for the new term: Nuances (Zwischentöne) workshops in September

How can teachers encourage constructive interaction between pupils when dealing with issues of differences in culturally diverse societies? In the new school year, particularly in the light of the current socio-political situation regarding refugees and asylum-seekers and the eruption of radical right-wing attacks, the question of ‘us’ and supposed ‘others’ continues to be a subject addressed in... Read more

Futures. A history of future studies in the 1960s and 1970s

Elke Seefried, second deputy director of the Institute für Zeitgeschichte will give a talk on visions of society in future studies. Based on her post-doctoral thesis, which examines the rise and subsequent crisis in future studies between 1945 and 1980, and which was awarded the Carl Erdmann Prize by the Association of Historians, Siegfried reveals how ‘the future’ became an important academic,... Read more

Conflict and the State in Columbian History Textbooks

Tatjana Louis from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá will speak in this GEI Colloquium about the friction between state constructions and divided memories in Columbia. Read more

Images of others: The German-Israeli Textbook Commission presents its findings and recommendations.

It is 50 years since diplomatic relations were established between Germany and Israel. During that time a special relationship has been maintained between the two states. What impression of each other’s countries do young people in Israel and Germany have today? And what role do school and education – educational materials in particular – play in the formation of those perceptions of each other? Read more

Key characters in the history of knowledge. Production, circulation and transformation of African knowledge since 1945.

How was existing knowledge of Africa challenged during the cold war and the course of decolonization and who were the parties responsible for composing ‘new’ knowledge about Africa, for reevaluating the available knowledge or updating elements of colonial knowledge and what form did this revision take? These questions will be the subject of a workshop to take place at the GEI on 18 and 19 June.

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The New Subject(s): Civics and the ‘Citizen’ in Colonial India

What vision, images, forces and colonial roots shaped the newly introduced subject known as civics during its infant stage (1890s-1918) in colonial India? How did Indians respond to these attempts to discipline them through a new subject and in what ways did they accept, appropriate and resist these discourses? Read more

“Our beloved Motherland”: identifying cycles of nationalism through Chilean school textbooks (c1938-c.1985). An approach from the history of emotions.

Dr Pablo Andrés Toro Blanco (Department of History, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile) will give a presentation at the GEI, Conference Room (Villa) on June 10th, at 18.00. His talk will offer an innovative historical perspective on the study of nationalism in Chilean school textbooks by using insights from the history of emotions. Read more

Teachers, memory and transitional justice in post-conflict nations: Sierra Leone and Liberia (in English).

A presentation by the Georg Arnhold Guest Professor, Susan Shepler of the American University in Washington D.C., exploring how teachers in Sierra Leone and Liberia address the subject of past wars in their classrooms. This colloquium will take place in the conference room (3rd floor) of the Georg Eckert Institute. Read more

Historiography and history teaching in south Slavic and Albanian-speaking regions

Complex, diverse, intercultural and politically delicate – south-east European history, particularly in the Balkans, represents a continuous interchange between conflict and coexistence. Albanian and south Slavic-speakers are just two cultures and linguistic communities among many, whose histories piece together to form a complex overall picture. Read more

Conference in Bad Kissingen

A conference marking the conclusion of a project to create a textbook on “The History of the Germans in Hungary", in which the GEI took an advisory role, was held from 31 May to 2 June at the Akademie Mitteleuropa in Bad Kissingen. Many experts gathered to discuss “Textbooks and textbooks projects regarding the (minority) history of the Germans in individual European countries.” The GEI co-hosted... Read more

The (re-)making of the myth of ancient origin in Macedonian history textbooks

The myths of ancient origin are often seen as part of the potentially most dangerous historical narratives since they imply a precedence and a 'historical right' over a territory. While they are now absent from the educational systems in most European countries, we may observe an opposite development in parts of southeastern Europe. This presentation focuses on the myths of ancient origin... Read more

The portrayal of Jewish history in textbooks: a review of current teaching materials

How is Jewish culture and history portrayed today in German textbooks? The five authors of this new volume introduce their work, which addresses this question through an examination of currently approved material for secondary schools in several German Bundesländer. Read more


After the Second World War Europe and the world were not just divided politically into two opposing military blocks; people’s geographical perception fundamentally changed as the Cold War progressed. The Federal Republic of Germany for example was increasingly viewed as a western European rather than a central European country. Italy was accepted into the “Atlantic Alliance” despite bordering the... Read more

Inheriting the Tradition: Research Methods in Geographical Textbook Analysis

Over the last decades geography educators have been involved in both developing and evaluating textbooks. As a consequence, textbook research in geography education is expected to have developed myriad research methods. However, little attention has been dedicated to the specific research methods used by geography educators when doing textbook research. Read more

Ein neuer Blick auf die Geschichte Europas: Ein deutsch-polnisches Schulbuchprojekt

Vortrag für Lehrkräfte und die interessierte Öffentlichkeit auf der didacta 2015 in Hannover Read more

Ein neuer Blick auf die Geschichte Europas: Ein deutsch-polnisches Schulbuchprojekt

Vortrag für Lehrkräfte und die interessierte Öffentlichkeit auf der didacta 2015 in Hannover Read more

The portrayal of migration in Austrian textbooks

On Wednesday 4 February at 5pm Dr Christa Markom from the University of Vienna will give a talk on the subject of “The portrayal of migration in Austrian textbooks. Analyses by academics and pupils”. Read more

GEI Colloquium, 21 January 2015: Open Educational Resources as a Digital Heterotopia

On Wednesday 21 January at 5pm Dr Markus Deimann from the FernUniversität Hagen will speak on the subject: “Open educational resources as a digital heterotopia”. Read more

History myths in Europe – challenges and opportunities in history lessons, 5 and 6 December 2014

Academics will meet at the Georg Eckert Institute on the 5 and 6 December 2014 to explore myths found in German-language textbooks from Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

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