As many tensions in the world are rooted in history and the way in which it is learned at schools, perceived in public and addressed politically we think history education can either resolve or sustain these tensions. This is particularly relevant in the case of East Asia where history is at the top of the political and civil agenda, aimed at addressing territorial disputes, controversial commemorations and historical interpretations. This is the reason why EUROCLIO and the History NGO Forum for Peace in East Asia, decided to work together to organize an international conference on “Teaching for Peace. History in Perspective” with the aim of opening up dialogue between East Asia and Europe. The conference was realized in three different locations in the Netherlands with specific day themes one of which was hosted and organized in cooperation with the Hague Institute for Global Justice.
On the first day, hosted and organized in cooperation with the Hague Institute for Global Justice, the three-day international Conference was opened by focusing on Historical Justice and the way it is perceived in East Asia and Europe. The keynotes and case study presentations addressed and discussed questions of what is historical justice and what is historical injustice? How does historical justice work in practice – challenges and ways forward? The program welcomed expert speakers who represented professional community of historians, educators, policymakers and civil society institutions in East Asia, Europe and beyond.
The program was chaired by Nikola Dimitrov, Distinguished Fellow at The Hague Institute.
09:00 – Welcome Statements
- Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice
- Dr. Jang-Hie Lee, Head President of the History NGO Forum for Peace in East Asia
- Jonathan Even-Zohar, Director of EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators
- A short announcement about the Korean singer, Seungki Kim
09:30 – Introductory presentation on “Historical Justice and Reconciliation” by Dr. Samuel Lee, Co-President of the History NGO Forum for Peace in East Asia
10:00 – Lecture on “Historical Injustice and What Historians Can Do About It” by Prof Antoon de Baets, EUROCLIO Chair on Human Rights, Ethics and History, University of Groningen
Discussant: Joke van der Leeuw-Roord, Founder and Special Advisor EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators
11:00 – Coffee and networking break
11:30 – Case Study Presentations: How does historical justice work in practice – challenges and ways? Forward on three case-studies
- Victims of Japanese Imperialism presented by Mina Watanabe, Secretary General of Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace in Japan
- Limits of a Common ‘Historical Memory’, the case of Europe presented by Mr. Markus Prutsch, Administrator, European Parliament
- Reconciliation after Wars in Former Yugoslavia presented by Senada Jusic, History Teacher, Member of History Teachers Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina- EUROCLIO HIP (TBC)
- Meenakshi Chhabra, Associate Professor, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations, Lesley University
13:00 – Closing remarks by Nikola Dimitrov
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