East European Fellowship Programme funded by the Marga and Kurt Möllgaard-Foundation

This fellowship programme, funded by an endowment from the Marga and Kurt Möllgaard Foundation, has enabled the GEI to support guest researchers from Ukraine and neighbouring countries in central and eastern Europe by offering a bursary to cover research stays at the GEI. The Institute has traditionally had a strong focus on this region, which has resulted in decades’ worth of accumulated eastern European expertise. The majority of this collected knowledge is located within the ‘Europe. Narratives, Images and Spaces’ department, which is the reason the department has overall responsibility for this programme.

The visiting academics were chosen by a selection panel assembled by the Institute from a list of candidates whose comprehensive applications had been received by the GEI (including their CVs, publication lists and a detailed description of their research projects). One of the formal requirements for applications was a completed academic degree.

Below is a list of those awarded bursaries, and their research subjects:

2017

Dr Maya Razmadze (Georgia): Preparation of the draft for the social studies textbook ‘Society and Me’.

Vilnis Purens (Latvia): Formation of competences in history studies

Dr Kaarel Haav (Estonia): Improvement of textbooks for democratic citizens.

Dr Satenik Mkrtchyan (Armenia): School construction of citizenship and ethnicity in post-Soviet (post-Communist) spaces: ABC books in focus.

Maria Chorolskaja (Russia): The depiction of the DDR in modern German textbooks. Research for thesis titled ‘Germany after reunification: Successes and Contradictions of the integration process’.

Sergeii Koniukhov (Ukraine): The peculiarities of presenting the history of Ukraine and Europe in national textbooks.

Denis Larionov (Belarus): Representation of Catholicism in Russian and Belarusian school textbooks on history.

Dr Tea Karchava (Georgia): How main concepts of history and social studies curricula are reflected in narratives and images in European textbooks.

Dr Polina Verbytska (Ukraine): From war to peace. History didactic assets in strengthening of dialogue and mutual understanding in Ukraine

Oleksandr Androshchuk (Ukraine): Writing the regions: historical textbooks and the construction of regional and ethnic identities in Ukraine, Poland and Russia

2016

Prof. Sergiu Musteata (Moldavia): Education for sustainable peace through history Textbooks in the neighbouring countries - Moldova, Ukraine and Romania

Dr Mikayel Zolyan (Armenia): How to teach pupils about the fall of communism: the break-up of the USSR in the history textbooks of post-Soviet Armenia

Dr Katarzyna Ferszt-Pilat (Poland): Cultural knowledge in educational media. A comparative analysis of Poland, Germany, and Belarus as societies with different multicultural experiences

Dr Katarzyna Jarosz (Poland): Ideology and history. Textbooks as a tool for building national identities in Central Asia

Dr Marharyta Fabrykant (Belarus): Narratives of the Great War in European history textbooks: Mapping the space of experience

Dr Adelina Stefarta (Moldavia): Migration and education. EU and Moldova’s experiences and comparative analysis

Bernadett Szalai (Ukraine): Utilising the methodology of German-French textbook reconciliation in the comparative analysis of Eastern-European history textbooks

Prof. Elene Medzmariashvili (Georgia): New themes in history textbooks (publications from 2004-2016)

The two Möllgaard fellows, Dr Maya Razmadze (3rd from left) and Prof. Elene Medzmariashvili (5th from left) present the findings from their research trip at the conference ‘Sozialkundeunterricht in Deutschland und Georgien. Dialog zu einem entstehenden georgischen Schulbuch‘, held in Tbilisi on 19 and 20 June 2017.

The fellowship has enabled the visiting researchers to conduct research into current, and also generally social relevant, themes. There has been particular focus on those topics exploring the significance of history, memory cultures and the politics of remembrance in ongoing processes of nation building, how past conflicts are addressed, and the construction of cultural identity in the nations of central and eastern Europe. Researchers had access to the textbook collections and the collections of academic literature in the GEI library and were given extensive support by the library staff. The research fields investigated by the visiting researchers covered the following themes, which were broken down to focus on their individual specialist regions:

  • Treatment of a socialist past
  • European, ethnic and regional identities in textbooks
  • Communicating competences as a trend in history teaching
  • Religious history as an element of history teaching
  • Peace education through history lessons
  • Imparting information concerning the end of communism and the Soviet Union within the post-Soviet space
  • Imparting cultural knowledge in educational media for schools in societies with differing experiences of multi-culturalism
  • History textbooks as vehicles of national identity construction
  • Narratives of the First World War in European history books
  • Comparative studies of migration and education
  • Methodological effectiveness and transferability of the work of the German-French textbook commission
  • Thematic innovations in history textbooks

Each visiting researcher was assigned a specialist contact person with proven academic experience in the relevant research field, which ensured each researcher received in-depth academic guidance and support from the GEI. Fellowship holders also engaged in scholarly discussions within the GEI. They presented their research at specially organised colloquia and were able to benefit from the academic expertise and experience of the GEI staff in the subsequent discussion. The GEI equally benefitted from the ideas, knowledge and experience of the fellowship holders.

The programme will continue in 2018.

Contact

Dr. Marcus Otto
Tel.: +49 (0)531 59099-298
E-Mail: fellowship@remove-this.gei.de