Invitation to Workshops for Teachers in Stara Gradiška

Invitation to Workshops for Teachers in Stara Gradiška

Invitation to Workshops for Teachers in Stara Gradiška

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity in cooperation with Jasenovac Memorial Site, Documenta – Centre for Dealing with the Past, Croatian Romani Union “KALI SARA” and Serb National Council invite teachers from Croatia to a methodological workshop “How to teach 20th century history in an interdisciplinary way.” The seminars will be held at the Stara Gradiška Cultural Centre, 1 Trg hrvatskih branitelja on 19-22 October 2023.

The workshops are part of “Sound in the Silence” project - an intercultural and international remembrance project 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.

During the three-days seminars, teachers will attend three blocks of workshops. The first block will be led by the members of the Croatian Romani Union “Kali Sara” and the Serb National Council.

The workshop led by Croatian Romani Union “KALI SARA” will present a context of the Roma genocide/Samudaripen, with a special focus on Croatia, Germany, Poland, and Romania. Through a comparative approach, the trainers will tell about the status of the Roma people before and during the Second World War and they will explain deeper historical and systemic aspects of discrimination and genocide. During the workshops, they will create a timeline and a mental map/poster based on newspaper articles and testimonies of Roma and non-Roma people.

The workshop led by the members of the Serb National Council (SNC) will be dedicated to principles and values of the SNC when dealing with remembrance of important events from the 20th century. The lecture will involve a few examples of Serb National Council activities in the field of dealing with the past and reconciliation. Finally, the members of the Council will lead the workshop “The Lens of NDH”, about the Independent State of Croatia.

The second block will focus on presenting educational materials created by the ENRS. During the workshop teachers will learn about the free educational resources available on the Hi-story Lessons platform, including infographics, lesson plans and animations, among others the educational kit about disinformation and memory conflicts. Participants will consider how to use the resources in their teaching work. Teachers will also learn about other practical examples of the use of visual language in educational projects as a useful method for tackling challenging historical topics and processing them in a way that suits students' individual sensibilities.

The third block led by Maja Sturm, Art and German teacher, will focus on alternative approaches to the Holocaust. The teachers will get to know excerpts of various graphic novels and will learn how to use them in the classroom. The graphic novel workshop will be followed by interactive and hands-on activities dealing with the location and its abstract history, both alone and/or in teams. With the help of a variety of impulses (creative writing, collage, photography, designing own short comic sequences), the participants will be offered a setting of methods from which they can choose what appeals to them - and what they can use themselves for teaching in class. Older and newer artistic approaches (from painting to conceptual artwork etc.) on the subject of the Holocaust, guilt, commemoration and remembrance will also be presented and discussed in a final session.

Rules for participation:
• Participation in the workshop is free of charge
• The travel costs will be reimbursed upon request.
For the reimbursement, please contact:
• Workshop will be conducted in English
• Lunch and refreshments will be provided for participants
▪️ 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.

To apply, please contact Mrs. Martina Barešić:

Plan of the workshops in the Stara Gradiška Cultural Centre
(1 Trg hrvatskih branitelja, 35435 Stara Gradiška)

19.10.2023 (Thursday):
10.00 – 12.00 Ignorance is not bliss: How to teach about Roma history and ‘Forgotten genocide’ – Sunčica Nagradić Habus, ROMA MEMORIAL CENTER UŠTICA
12.15 – 13.15 lunch
13.30 – 15.30 The Lens of NDH – Tena Bakšaj and Nikola Puharić, SERB NATIONAL COUNCIL

20.10.2023 (Friday):
10.45 – 12.45 Graphic novels, comic books and their use in class I. – Maja Sturm
12.45 – 13.45 lunch
14.00 – 15.30 How to use hi-story lessons platform – Aleksandra Kalinowska, ENRS

21.10.2023 (Saturday):
10.40 – 12.45 Graphic novels, comic books and their use in class II. – Maja Sturm
12.45 – 13.45 lunch
14.00 – 16.30 Graphic novels, comic books and their use in class III. – Maja Sturm

22.10.2023 (Sunday):
10.30 – 13.00 Artistic approaches on the subject of the Holocaust, guilt, commemoration and remembrance – Maja Sturm
13.00 – 14.00 lunch
14.00 – 17.45 free time
18.00 – 20.00 Final Performance and discussion

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

Partners of the workshops:
Croatian Romani Union “KALI SARA”
Serb National Council

Co-funded by the European Union
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