New Publications


Systemic racism is also a problem in Germany, one that extends across all areas of society. Examples of racist banks of knowledge are found in German Textbooks as well. In her publication '"Verbesserte" Schulbuchinhalte reichen nicht aus' (‘Improved’ Textbook Content is not Enough), Julia Bönkost argues that the knowledge and professional competence of teachers are paramount in... Read more


This year’s UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Rreport, titled ‘Inclusion and Education: All Means All’, contains the findings from a study by Eckhardt Fuchs, Marcus Otto and Simiao Yu, summarised in a report titled ’Textbooks can exclude through omission and misrepresentation’ (from p. 125). Read more

The topic of ‘Crises’ in educational media for schools

Our colleagues Riem Spielhaus, Marcus Otto and Steffen Sammler have published an article examining the relationship between crises and educational media for schools. The article, published within the framework of a Leibniz Research Alliance on the subject of ‘Crises, asks when the Corona crisis will be covered in school textbooks and what pupils can learn from it. Read more

The Cold War in the Classroom: International Perspectives on Textbooks and Memory Practices

This book explores how the socially disputed period of the Cold War is remembered in today’s history classroom. Applying a diverse set of methodological strategies, the authors map the dividing lines in and between memory cultures across the globe, paying special attention to the impact the crisis-driven age of our present has on images of the past. Authors analysing educational media point to... Read more

Technology, Multimodality and Learning: Analyzing Meaning across Scales

This book introduces multimodality and technology as key concepts for understanding learning in the 21st century. The author investigates how a nationwide socio-educational policy in Uruguay becomes recontextualised across time/space scales, impacting interaction and learning in an English as a Foreign Language classroom. The book introduces scalar analysis to better understand the situated and... Read more

Eugenia Roldán Vera and Eckhardt Fuchs (eds): Textbooks and War

This volume reflects on the role played by textbooks in the complex relationship between war and education from a historical and multinational perspective, asking how textbook content and production can play a part in these processes. It has long been established that history textbooks play a key role in shaping the next generation’s understanding of both past events and the concept of ‘friend’... Read more

Maret Nieländer, Ernesto William De Luca (eds): Digital Humanities in der internationalen Schulbuchforschung

The arrival of digital technology in humanities research creates new opportunities but also brings new challenges. This book reveals the projects being developed by the Georg Eckert Institute for the purposes of exploring and utilising the potential of digital humanities in the field of textbook research. How is data acquired and formatted? How is information extracted from that data? How is this... Read more

Fuchs, Eckhardt. Sammler, Steffen. Henne, Kathrin: Schulbuch als Mission- Die Geschichte des Georg Eckert-Instituts

Textbook research and revision form the two central pillars of the work of the Georg Eckert Institute, and the Institute’s history has shown that the two are intrinsically linked. This new publication uses a wide range of source material to chronicle the Institute’s development and to scrutinise it from a number of viewpoints. Read more

Zrinka Štimac. Riem Spielhaus (eds): Schulbuch und religiöse Vielfalt - Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven

How is religion portrayed in education and, specifically, in textbooks? Analyses of religion in history, religion and ethics textbooks from a range of countries produce a disparate picture of the construction of religious diversity. It is certainly clear that the same challenges are faced in all school subjects with regards to religious and ideological diversity. This series of essays demonstrates... Read more

Simona Szakács: Europe in the Classroom

This book provides an unconventional account of post-1989 education reform in Romania. By drawing on policy documentation, interviews with key players, qualitative data from everyday school contexts, and extensive textbook analysis, this groundbreaking study reveals that change within the Romanian education system is a process that institutionalises world culture through symbolic mediation of the... Read more

Elie Podeh and Samira Alayan: Multiple Alterities

This book highlights and examines the role of the textbook in legitimising established political and social orders. It analyses the way in which the ‘other’ is presented in school textbooks, focusing on a number of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and argues that the role of textbooks in developing and maintaining a national identity should be afforded greater critical... Read more

Claudia Lichnofsky, Enriketa Pandelejmoni, Darko Stojanov (eds): Myths and Mythical Spaces. Conditions and Challenges for History Textbooks in Albania and South-Eastern Europe

This volume addresses textbooks written in the Albanian language and in use in Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. Political myths and mythical spaces play a key role in shaping processes of identity-building, concepts of ‘self’ and ‘other’, and ideas pertaining to the location of the self and nation within a post-conflict context. The Albanian case is particularly interesting because the... Read more

Roland Bernhard, Felix Hinz, Robert Maier (eds): Luther und die Reformation in internationalen Geschichtskulturen. Perspektiven für den Geschichtsunterricht

What do school textbooks say about the Reformation? How do they interpret the work of Martin Luther? How do they portray the role of the Catholic Church and how do museums, novels and other manifestations of its historical culture deal with the topic? This book reflects the answers to these questions in light of history-didactic discourse. It also shows how formerly socialist countries... Read more

Denise Bentrovato: Learning to Live Together in Africa through History Education. An Analysis of School Curricula and Stakeholders’ Perspectives

This study draws on curricula and the experiences of educational practitioners to examine the design of and value placed on history education in Africa today. The central question is to what extent successfully addressing controversial and sensitive topics can foster ways of living together peacefully. Read more

Dieter Dowe, Eckhardt Fuchs, Heike Christina Mätzing, Steffen Sammler (eds): Georg Eckert. Grenzgänger zwischen Wissenschaft und Politik

Georg Eckert was a figure who contributed significantly to initiating new democratic foundations in teacher education and a unifying cultural policy in the Federal Republic of Germany after the Second World War. The authors of this volume illuminate important chapters in Eckert's life and his globally influential work. Read more

Roland Bernhard, Susanne Grindel, Felix Hinz, Christoph Kühberger (eds): Mythen in deutschsprachigen Geschichtsschulbüchern. Von Marathon bis zum Élysée-Vertrag

This volume investigates the shape and functions of European and national myths in German-language textbooks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – from the Battle of Salamis to Behaim’s globe to the Elysée Treaty. It considers different approaches to the notion of ‘myth’ in cultural studies and history didactics, as well as the impetuses these approaches produce. The difficulties of deconstructing... Read more