The European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) and the House of the Wannsee Conference (GHWK) invite teachers from Germany for three days of methods workshops on interdisciplinary teaching of 20th-century history. The workshops will be held at the House of the Wannsee Conference from 7-9 October 2023. The deadline for applications is 25th September 2023.
The seminars are part of the project Sound in the Silence – an intercultural and international remembrance programme for secondary school students organised by the ENRS since 2011. During the project, students work with artists from different artistic fields at historically challenging locations. The programme offers young people a chance to find new ways of looking at the history of Europe, its nations, states, and regions, to develop their own perception of reality and the tools for expressing it.
Over the course of three days teachers will have the opportunity to take part in two blocks of workshops. The first part will be dedicated to educational materials. Teachers will learn about free educational resources available on the Hi-story Lessons platform consisting of infographics, lesson plans and animations, with an educational kit about disinformation and memory conflicts, among others. The participants will discuss how to use the resources for their teaching. They will also learn about the interactive infographic created as part of the project “Statistics and Catastrophe. Questioning Eichmann’s Numbers,” held by the GHWK and the ENRS. They will discuss methods and activities to address the history of the Wannsee Conference within the classroom.
The second block will focus on alternative methods of teaching, in particular on aesthetic research and on artistic approaches to the Holocaust and to the House of the Wannsee Conference. The participants will first get to know excerpts from different graphic novels and receive suggestions for their use in class. This bloc seminar will also allow participants to exchange their experiences in a multinational group of teachers. Graphic novels discussed during the seminar include “Wannsee” by Fabrice de Henanff, and the Will Eisner-nominated anthology “But I live.”
Another session will consist of interactive and hands-on activities dealing with the location of the workshops and its abstract history. Using approaches such as creative writing, collage, photography, or designing of short comic sequences, the participants will be offered an array of methods from which they can choose – and what they can use for teaching in class.
The final workshop concluding the programme will be dedicated to older and newer artistic approaches (from painting to conceptual artwork etc.) on the subject of the Holocaust, guilt, commemoration and remembrance.Rules for participation:
▪️ Participation in the workshop is free of charge.
▪️ Lunch and refreshments will be provided by the organisers.
▪️ During the workshop, we will be shooting photographs and making a documentary film about the Sound in the Silence project. In addition to your participation in the workshop, we kindly request your consent to share your visual content.
▪️ Please submit your application by 25th September 2023. Spaces are limited.
To apply, please contact email@example.com
Plan of the workshops
▪️ 07.10.2023 (Saturday)
10.15 - 12.15 How to use hi-story lessons platform – Urszula Bijoś (ENRS)
12.15 - 13.15 lunch
13.30 - 16.00 How to use hi-story lessons platform – Urszula Bijoś (ENRS)
▪️ 08.10.2023 (Sunday)
10.15 - 12.15 Graphic novels, comic books and their use in class – Maja Sturm
12.15 - 13.15 lunch
13.30 - 15.30 Presenting history of the House of the Wannsee Conference in a creative way – Maja Sturm
▪️ 09.10.2023 (Monday)
10.15 - 12.30 Artistic approaches on the subject of the Holocaust, guilt, commemoration and remembrance – Maja Sturm
12.30 - 13.30 lunch
13.30 - 17.45 free time
18.00 - 20.00 final performance and discussion
More information about the project is available here
European Network Remembrance and Solidarity
Motte Association, Hamburg, Germany
House of the Wannsee Conference, Germany
Jasenovac Memorial Site, Croatia
Documenta – Centre for Dealing with the Past, Croatia