Learning a History that is ‘not yet History’

How to teach the history of recent wars that is often considered not to be history yet, but is remembered in so many different ways, and has been investigated in great detail in the context of transitional justice? This is the main question the project seeks to answer by investing in a unique partnership among teachers and their associations from former Yugoslavia, in which transnational teams will collaboratively create a free ready-to-use learning resource about the 1990s Yugoslav wars.

This resource explores how this history should be addressed in a multi-perspective way; how war impacts developed societies and everyday life and to what extent history educators can also address current wars across the world through the lens of the experiences in the wars of the 1990s.

Project Aims

The project aims to contribute to the field of European remembrance through raising the awareness among teachers, students and pupils that common approaches to the very sensitive past are possible, so that they may raise awareness in their countries that common remembrance is possible.

  • To contribute to citizens’ understanding of the Union, its history and diversity.
  • To raise awareness of remembrance, common history and values and the Union’s aim that is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples by stimulating debate, reflection and development of networks.

Expected Outcomes

  • To connect history teachers in Europe to review their approaches to the recent violent past of the 1990s wars.
  • To empower history students in the countries of former Yugoslavia to approach the sensitive history of the 1990s conflict in a multi-perspective way.
  • To evaluate, valorise, disseminate and support further exploitation of past successful projects that took initiative to deal with the recent wars through education.
  • To provide students and the public at large with opportunities to study the history of the 1990's war in the context of clashing memories and the various perspectives on the achievements of international law and transitional justice.
  • To raise awareness among European history educators (formal and non-formal) on the challenges of teaching this recent conflict history in the countries of former Yugoslavia.

Local ISHA Events

In order to raise awareness and stimulate discourse about the remembrance of the Yugoslav Wars, International Students of History Association (ISHA) will be organizing the following local events for students and educators in the months of November and December 2017. These events are organised in close cooperation with EUROCLIO, and aim to promote a multi-perspective approach to these sensitive historical issues. 

  • ISHA Berlin: Visit to the Theatre and Workshop on the play "Common Ground" with the Maxim-Gorki-Theatre (5th - 6th of November)
  • ISHA Belgrade: The 1990s in Serbia: Collapse of Yugoslavia and the Cultural Transition (24th -26th of November)
  • ISHA Graz: Learning a History that is not yet History (28th of November)
  • ISHA Zagreb: (Anti)war propaganda during the 90's Yugoslav Wars (30th of November - 1st of December)
  • ISHA Skopje: The wars in Yugoslavia through the social prism (2nd of December)
  • ISHA Sarajevo: Everyday life in Sarajevo during the war 1992-1995 (8th and 9th of December)
  • ISHA Maribor: The Ten-Day War: Through the Prism of History and the People (11th of December)
  • ISHA Osijek: Life during the sieges in Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s (12th and 13th of December)
  • ISHA Ljubljana: Youth in Yugoslavia, growing up before and after the break of Yugoslavia (14th of December and 18th of December)
  • ISHA Budapest: "Not Yet Our History?" - Remembering and Teaching the Yugoslav Wars in Hungary (15th of December)

Project managers

Judith Geerling
Programme Manager, EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators

Jonathan Even-Zohar
Director, EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators

Donors

The Europe for Citizens Active European Remembrance Action