EDiTE at the 15th annual conference held by the HEIRNET

EDiTE early-stage researcher, Shaima Muhammad had the opportunity to attend the 15th annual conference held by the History Educators International Research Network [HEIRNET],  at the Ionian University, Corfu, Greece, from August 31st to September 2nd, 2018. The conference theme was History Education and Meeting the Challenges of Immigration, Regionalism and Sectarianism, with sub-themes including: Historical culture, History education in the age of nationalism, regionalism, sectarianism, populism, globalisation and issues of identity, Assessment, its nature, purpose and role, Statutory curriculum documents, Professional knowledge – The history teacher’s craft (pedagogy, didactics & praxis), practitioner knowledge – Integrating theory and practice, and others.

HEIRNET brings together researchers from around the world interested in history’s cultural, educational, moral, social, political and citizenship roles. Shaima had two presentations at the conference. The first was on her current PhD research on the teaching of citizenship education in Austria and Portugal, where she presented some initial findings on the Austrian case, and the second presentation was about a previous research study she conducted previously involving analysis of Syrian history textbook to deconstruct the notion of identity and provide alternative narratives needed for peace and transitional justice in post-contexts.

The following link provides information about the conference program and the abstracts that were presented, which shows the diversity of topics and contexts.

The conference was a rewarding opportunity for Shaima to be up-to-date with the latest research in the field, to receive constructive feedback on her research and to establish networking opportunities and meet contacts with like-minded researchers and teachers who showed interest in future collaboration.