Transformative History Education Workshop - GW4

1 November 2017, 9.00 AM - 1 November 2017, 4.30 PM

Room 4.10, School of Education, University of Bristol, 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA

Quality education can be transformative for individuals, communities and societies. However, in many contexts education is often a generator of conflict and something that needs to be transformed. History education is often identified as a site where conflict dynamics are encouraged and for these reasons is often the focus of reforms in contexts affected by conflict. Evidence is mixed on the contribution that these reforms make to peace and social justice at individual and societal levels, in part because there is limited understanding of what a truly transformative history education might look like, and how it might contribute to change and to building peace.

This is an interdisciplinary challenge that requires an understanding of how history education interacts with, informs and is informed and challenged by wider social processes of memory and reconciliation.

This workshop, supported by the GW4, brings together a group of educators, curators, activists, researchers, humanitarian and development practitioners to share their work and consider its implications for transformative history education. We are delighted to welcome colleagues working on these issues in Cambodia, Colombia, Uganda, with Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon and here in the UK.

Roundtables focus on:

  • History, memory and heritage - exploring creative practices in memory work taking places in sites other than classrooms.

  • History, displacement and refugee education- considering the particular challenges around history and displacement and approaches to peacebuilding education with refugee communities

  • Creative approaches for connecting with the formal curriculum - highlighting creative methodologies and pedagogical approaches for connecting memory and history with formal educational curriculum.

The workshop includes a key note lecture from Professor Matthew Brown of the University of Bristol entitled Somewhere between history and memory: Lessons in historical memory from Latin America

This lecture explores the transformative potential of history through the examination of recent memory work in Latin America. It argues that new technologies and the potential for building networks have opened up opportunities to change the way history is understood, and how it impacts upon contemporary cultures and politics. It reflects upon the potential of open source digital memory projects such as the Quipu Project in Peru ( and Anyone’s Child Mexico (, and examines the advantages and disadvantages of state-sanctioned memory projects, in particular through discussion of the recent GCRF Peace Festival held in Colombia. It concludes that the transformative potential of memory interventions varies widely according to place, time and political context, and in line with the project’s relationship to the traditional institutions of History such as the classroom, media and university, and that practitioners gain when they are aware of and can take advantage of these circumstances.

Schedule for the day

9.00 Coffee
9.30  Welcome and overview of the day Dr. Julia Paulson, University of Bristol
10.00  ROUNDTABLE 1: History, memory and heritage Facilitators: Dr. Peter Manning, University of Bath and Dr. Kate Moles, University of Cardiff Abiti Nelson, Uganda National Museum Abiti Nelson is a Curator at Uganda’s National Museum, where he has led work to engage communities with the museum in work around post-conflict memory and reconciliation. Dr. John Giblin, British Museum Dr. John Giblin is Curator, Head of Africa at the British Museum in London. He is interested in post-conflict uses of heritage.
11.30  ROUNDTABLE 2: History, displacement and refugee education Facilitator: Dr. Catriona Pennell, University of Exeter Fawzi Kassab, UNRWA and Young Roots Fawzi Kassab is Chief Area Office of UNRWA in Tyre, Lebanon and a member of the organisation Young Roots, working to deliver educational services to Palestinian and Syrians refugees in Lebanon.
13.00 Bristol Conversations in Education: Somewhere between history and memory: Lesson in historical memory from Latin America Professor Matthew Brown, University of Bristol Matthew Brown is Professor in Latin American History and author of numerous books including From Frontiers to Football: An Alternative History of Latin America since 1800 (2014) and The Struggle for Power in Post-Independence Colombia and Venezuela (2013).
14.00  LUNCH
14.45  ROUNDTABLE 3: Creative approaches for connecting with formal curriculum Facilitator: Dr. Lizzi Milligan, University of Bath Duong Keo, Bophana Audiovisual Resource Centre, Cambodia Duong Keo is a researcher and developer who has recently created an app to facilitate teaching and learning about the Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia schools. Carlos Arturo Charria, Centre for Memory, Peace and Reconciliation, Colombia Carlos Arturo Charria leads the pedagogy team at Bogota’s Centre for Memory, Peace and Reconciliation. A former teacher, he won a national award for his ‘Museums of Memory’ work with young people. Jo Malone, Generation Global, UK Jo Malone is Senior Project Manager at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change where she leads Generation Global, a peace initiative working with young people in 20 countries.

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