The Graz Conference 2020: Historical consciousness – Historical thinking – Historical culture. Core Concepts of History Didactics and Historical Education in Intercultural Perspectives. Reflections on Achievements – Challenges for the New Generation

International Online Conference 11th – 14th November 2020

Conference Management / Scientific Management: Alois Ecker

Conference Organisation: Bettina Paireder


The dynamics of the digital revolution with its innovative forms of communication, interaction and media have provoked new relations and thus new perspectives on the idea of ‘historical consciousness’, ‘historical thinking’ and ‘historical culture’, but they have also caused new uncertainties and ambiguities. Historical narratives, whether they appear in classroom, university courses, history museums, or in the public sphere are written, communicated and performed in multiple forms. Although, the impact of the auditive and visual communications and narratives on historical sense-making and identity building of the ‘social subject(s)’ are just at the beginning of scientific debate and reflection. 

In view of the accelerated cultural change, right now seems to be a good moment in history didactics to revise and renew the theoretical debate on ‘historical consciousness’, ‘historical thinking’ and ‘historical culture’. The Graz Conference aims to make some steps forward in this direction by putting more emphasis on the comparative, transnational and global aspects and dimensions of these concepts and their terminology.



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Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines – Gemeinsamkeiten in der Vielfalt: Auf dem Weg zu einem europäischen Geschichtsunterricht

The Council of Europe Final Conference on Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines was organised on 9th-10th April 2010 in co-operation with Vienna University in the framework of the Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The Conference presented the main results and outcomes of the four year intergovernmental project and took the opportunity to commemorate the 60thAnniversary of the European Cultural Convention and the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Experts from all 50 member states of the Council of Europe as well as international educational organizations and NGOs discussed the topic "Shared histories for a Europe without dividing lines" and asked about common aspects and approaches to history throughout Europe. In addition to representatives of the ministries of science, education and foreign affairs, the Director General of the Council of Europe, Snežana Samardžic-Markovic, gave her introdusction speech.