Only several months ago something remarkable took place in Antalya, Turkey. During 6 days I met 200 History Educators from 50 countries. It was the EUROCLIO 19th Annual Conference & Professional Training and Development Course. This was not your average conference. Sure there were interesting lectures. Indeed, there were various engaging panels. Yes, there were visits to nice sites and, no doubt, there was a large amount of fantastic workshops on offer. But a good conference is more than its programme. What made my days in Antalya special is the participation of so many people from so many different backgrounds who were able to come together as History Education Professionals to work on how they all teach and deal with History. What made our days outstanding is the unique opportunity for International Cooperation on a subject that is constantly put forward as a prerogative of a Nation. Many documents speak of “Capacity Building”, and in this light, the capacity of hundreds of History Educators to come together, based on professional and volunteering support, is something that deserves continued support. This is what I want to convince you of in my report.
Turkey has witnessed at least 6000 years of civililzations, that is at the crossroads of East and West, and that is on the path to joining the European Union. One can explore many fascinating cultures ranging from the ancient settlements of the Nevalı Çori, Göbekli Tepe and Mersin to the Hittite, Phrygian, Lydian and Ionian cultures until the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and the modern contemporary Turkish history.
EUROCLIO and the Association of History Educators in Turkey offer a unique insight into the challenges of teaching history in Turkey today, offering room for debates and reflections. There will be a unique opportunity to discuss these challenges with Turkish History and Social Science Educators from all levels and regions.
Since 2007 EUROCLIO has engaged with Educators in Turkey in different projects, including study visits, network meetings, professional in-service training and finally the production of innovative teaching material. The recent publication and website of the latest EUROCLIO/Matra Project “A Key to Europe: Innovative Methodology for Turkish School History” will offer a central theme. In addition, visits to a wide range of schools in the Antalya region will help us explore the theme of social studies. The magnificent heritage in this area opens a window to reflect on these six millennia of change and continuity. Every investigation into History offers a specific perspective on it. In our conference themes, we celebrate the multiperspectivity of history as we look at it through different lenses.
Kaleköy literally "Castle's village" in Turkish is a fishing village of the Demre district in the Antalya Province, its buildings mingling with ancient and medieval structures. In ancient times, it was known as “Simena”. Access to this tow is possible only by sea. The top of the village is dominated by a well-preserved castle built by the Knights of Rhodes partially upon ancient Lycian foundations. Inside the castle there is the smallest amphitheatre of Lycia. The Byzantine castle was to fight the pirates which nested in Kekova. From the castle one can face the Medditerranean and Kekova Island. The west part of the castle is surrounded by rock tombs and Roman stone wall. At the eastern end of the village is a Lycian necropolis with a cluster of some very nice sarcophagi overlooking the sea and surrounded by ancient olive trees.
Aspendos or Aspendus located beside the river Eurymedon (Köprüçay), is renowned throughout the world for its best preserved Roman theatre anywhere in Turkey. It was an ancient city in Pamphylia in Asia Minor located in the east of Antalya on the river Eurymedon. The Greek city of Aspendos was one of the first cities in the region to strike coinage under its own name. It remained for a time under Lycian hegemony and Persian domination. Alexander the Great marched into Aspendos in 333 B.C. During the wars that followed the city fell alternately under the control of the Ptolemies and the Seleucids, later falling into the hands of the Kingdom of Pergamum. The Romans pillaged Aspendos. At the beginning of the thirteenth century it became a settlement by the Seljuk Turks. Aspendos is popular with its best-preserved antique theatre built by Greek architect Zenon. Nowadays this theatre is hosting the Annual Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival organized by Turkish Opera and Ballet.
Perge commonly pronounced like “per-geh” was the capital of the Pamphylia region meaning “Land of Tribes” and nowadays is known as the province of Antalya in the South-western Mediterranean coast of Turkey. According to Strabo, the city was founded after the Trojan War by colonists from Argos under the leadership of heroes named Mopsos and Calchas. Perge was under Persian rule until the arrival of Alexander the Great and later fell under Seleucid sovereignty. Perge became in 46 A.D the setting of an event important to the Christian world as St. Paul delivered a sermon. Perge lost its remaining power in the wake of the mid-seventh century Arab raids. At this time some residents of the city migrated to Antalya. Perge is also popular as the home city of the outstanding ancient Greek mathematician Apollonius of Perga. Nowadays the remaining part from the city is a large site of ancient ruins in the East of Antalya coast. A large part of Perge is encircled by walls that in some places go back to the Hellenistic period. Today the ancient history and archaeological sites of the city attract many tourists to this place.
A special discounted offer to Turkish Airlines tickets is available
We would like to inform you that “Turkish Airlines" is the official carrier of EUROCLIO and offers a special discounted rate for the conference participants to come to Antalya as below:
-Up to 20% on Business Class
The EUROCLIO Annual Conference is recognised by the European Union as a Comenius and Gruntvig Training Course. Apply for European Grants before September 15th 2011 by contacting your National Agency, look up the Conference Codes:
950 EURO including 6 nights' accommodation in a double room and all the meals
1150 EURO including 6 nights' accommodation in a single room and all the meals
19th EUROCLIO Annual Conference is now in the past, but experiences and impressions cultivated from it are live and lasting.
The conference was a great success, and this success came out of professional, stimulating, friendly and multicultural environment and engaging programme contributed actively by the History, Heritage, Citizenship Educators, politicians and officials from more than 45 countries of the world. During 6 days of the conference, around 200 participants came together to actively share their knowledge and experiences with each other. They discussed and reflected on the notions of multiperspectvity and critical thinking, the common challenges and contexts, shared and diverse experiences in History Education in their countries. The conference activities gave them a unique possibility to observe and share different experiences with international colleagues, and bring back their homes, new ideas and new methods in History Education. Albeit diversity of ethnicities, nationalities and experiences, conference participants were excellently intermingled with each other and right on place new cooperation opportunities were established.
Participants enjoyed an intensive week that included presentations by international and national experts, active workshops, local study visits to Educational Institutions in Antalya, time for networking and a cultural programme to relax and socialize.
With the initiative of AKEV College, Antalya Culture and Education Foundation, conference participants planted trees in the campus area of the college.
Now EUROCLIO conference is rooted in the Turkish soil with high enthusiasm to contribute to innovative and responsible History Education all over the world.
We believe the end of this great conference will be the beginning of new initiatives and cooperation by conference participants.
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19th Euroclio Annual Conference 2012 is right here in the corner and the excitement is rapidly growing. We walked through a long path of preparations and here we are with a conference with more than 190 participants from more than 40 countries from all over the world.
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The management and coordination team of the EUROCLIO/Matra Project: "A Key to Europe. Innovative Methodology for Turkish School History" met in Antalya where it discussed the progress of the publishing of the new Teachers Resource Book. Over 50 modules have been carefully reviewed and edited and a beautiful design is in the making. 2000 copies are expected to be printed in time for distribution at the National Teacher Training Seminar, to be held in Kizilcahamam between 20-22 January. In addition, workshops using the new book will be done with international peers at the EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2012.