Digital Conference of the International Society for History Didactics (ISHD) «Why History Education?»

16.-18. September 2021

Organized by the University of Teacher Education Lucerne, Institute of History Education and Memory Cultures, Switzerland in cooperation with the University of Teacher Education, State of Vaud, Lausanne.

 The question about the sense of history education has recently arisen vehemently. The mediation of history has to assert itself in the field of tension of power, economy and society. History teaching at schools has come under pressure in many places. On the one hand, it can be seen that, in different places, history teaching is instrumentalized for reinforcing nationalism. On the other hand, history as an independent school subject is, in many places, about to disappear from the curricula. Not least, the strong focusing of many school systems on usefulness raises questions as to what, in fact, the study of history might contribute to the understanding of the present and the functioning of society. This basic uncertainty concerning the aim and sense of history education stands in a strange contrast to the public sphere where a veritable boom of historical culture can be experienced. But, also there, the confidence in the orientating function of history for the present and future is small. Most strongly, all these questions emerge in particular when the history of one’ own country is conveyed. 

In the Conference “Why History Education?”, such crucial questions shall be discussed in international and comparative terms 

16. September 2021