With the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the beginning of 2022, Europe has been reminded that peace on the continent is more fragile than sometimes assumed. This war has increased Russia’s totalitarian aspects, moving it closer to the Soviet Union Putin mourns. Yet, totalitarianism nowadays is not just relevant in the case of Russia. Arguments for modern totalitarianism have further concerned states such as China, but equally non-state actors such as Islamists and far-right groups. As such, it has become evident that totalitarianism is not only a thing of the 20th century but continues to affect our present, making the topic even more relevant for education.
The upcoming webinar series aims to discuss all the challenges of teaching totalitarianism, to provide educators with the necessary skills and resources to approach this topic in class, and to answer some key questions:
How do we teach about totalitarianism in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine?
How can we approach the subject of European memory in education?
How do we promote critical thinking among students in a time of dis- and misinformation?
The Design of the Webinar series
The webinar series will take place from October to November 2022. It will include a Keynote lecture as well as workshops and a final discussion and sharing session. We are currently confirming the last elements of the programme, and more information on the series’ design will be available soon!
The specific dates will be announced in the near future. As only a limited number of participants can attend, please sign up through our pre-registration form if you are interested in joining.
As part of its wider thematic focus on totalitarianism, EuroClio will also produce relevant content for its general outreach work, including a recently released podcast episode on the subject.
Aims of the Training
During the webinar series, participants will:
Discuss the continuing importance of totalitarianism nowadays
Learn how to teach students to recognize totalitarian qualities in different case studies
Work together on how to approach European memory in education
An increased knowledge of teaching strategies regarding totalitarianism in the past and present
A certificate of attendance and active participation
A booklet containing resources and practices on teaching totalitarianism collected in the course of the webinar series
Join us for our online course on “The Road to Totalitarianism”!