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    EUSTORY Network gathers in Moscow

    Nationalist movements are on the rise in Europe and biased historical narratives are brought into position. Europe urgently needs more dialogue about its history. From 27 April to 1 May, EUSTORY competition organizers are gathering in Moscow for their Annual Network Meeting.

    Under the title "Local – National – Global. Approaching History in the 21st century", representatives from the 25 EUSTORY member countries will discuss the potential of different reference points for historical analysis and education in the EUSTORY history competitions throughout Europe. Staying in Moscow, the participants will learn more about different approaches to and current discussions about Russian history e.g. when visiting the »Gulag Museum« and other historical sites of the Russian capital. On a methodological level, challenges for students to cope with bias in local or national historical narratives as well as possible benefits of a wider, cross-border scope for history competitions are on the agenda for the five-days meeting at The MEMORIAL Society.

    Organizers will have time to exchange their experiences from recent competitions and present current developments to the network members. Perspectives for upcoming History Camps for young prize-winners as well as new strategies for supporting teachers and mentors in the research process shall be developed.

    The competition organizers will get a closer insight into the work of The MEMORIAL Society, finding out about its history and visiting their archive and museum. On 28 April, they will get the chance to visit the Russian award ceremony and to catch a glimpse of the pupil’s research works during the annual Russian price winner’s exhibition. The 2015/2016 round of the Russian EUSTORY History Competition "Man in History" is expecting more than 1.500 contributions.

    The Annual Network Meeting is an integral part of EUSTORY’s strategy and agenda setting.  Not only does it offer an opportunity for competition organizers to learn from each other’s experiences and discuss organizational and didactical challenges. It also offers the opportunity for network members to discuss approaches regarding current topics in historical research and review methods to support the network’s target groups, namely students and teachers, as well as historical educators and competition organizers in Europe. 

    For more information see www.eustory.eu

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