2 April 2012



09.30     Official Opening:

Prof. Dr. Omer Dincer, Republic of Turkey Minister of Education (subject to change)

Dr. Ahmet Altiparmak, Governor of Antalya (subject to change)

Jan-Paul Dirkse, Ambassador to Turkey of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Safran (The head of Education Committee, UNESCO National Commission in Turkey, Faculty of Education of Gazi Univeristy, Ankara and the

President of Turkish History Teachers Association)

Vassiliki Sakka (EUROCLIO President, Ph.D candidate in History and Citizenship in Adult Formal Education at University of Peloponnesos, Faculty of Social and Educational Policy)

Dr. Ibrahim Kalin (Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister, Republic of Turkey):

Overcoming self-centrism in history

11.00     Coffee and Tea Break

11.30     Prof Erik-Jan Zurcher (Leiden University, the Director of of the International Institute of Social History (IISH) in Amsterdam)

Turkish Histories: Now and Then. Historiographical Overview on Turkish History

12.30     Lunch in Hotel Kervansaray

14.00     Joke van der Leeuw-Roord (EUROCLIO Executive Director),

Images of Turkey in History Education; Results of the EUROCLIO Questionnaire 2011

14.30     Panel Discussion: European Perspectives on the Teaching of the History of the Ottoman Empire

Four History Educators from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Russia and Israel to share and reflect on how the History of the Ottoman Empire is treated in their respective countries’ History Education

Chair: Prof. Dr. Erik-Jan Zurcher (Leiden University, International Institute for Social History)


Vasilliki Sakka (Greece), EUROCLIO President, Ph.d candidate in History and Citizenship in Adult Formal Education at University of Peloponnesos, Faculty of Social and Educational Policy. (see inline bio)

Tamara Eidelman (Russia), Board President of Moscow History Teachers Association. Tamara Eidelman was born in Moscow in 1958, where she graduated from the History department of Moscow University in 1981. Since then has taught History and Civics in Moscow schools. She has been involved in Euroclio activities since its beginning. Tamara was coordinator of the EUROCLIO/Matra project “Mosaic of Cultures: Teaching the Muliticultural Society in Russia” (2002-05) and she was editor of the publication “Fair and Balanced” in the EUROCLIO/ Matra Project in Bulgaria, entitled “European Dialogues. A Cultural Rainbow for the Future”. At the moment she is board president of the Moscow History Teachers Association.

Emir O. Filipović (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Teaching and research assistant at the History Department, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo. Emir O. Filipovic was born in 1984 in Ključ, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated History from the Sarajevo Faculty of Philosophy in 2006, where he also received his Master of Science in medieval history. He has been employed as a teaching and research assistant for the history of the Middle Ages at the History Department, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo since 2006. He is currently a PhD candidate and the title of his dissertation is “Bosnian Kingdom and the Ottoman Empire 1386-1463”. He is the co-ordinator of Stanak – the Society for the Study of Medieval Bosnian History ( and has published several research papers in scholarly journals dealing with the history of medieval Bosnia. He has actively participated in several regional and international seminars and conferences for the improvement of history teaching.

Roi Silberberg (Israel) Co-Director of APSA (Association for the Promotion of Spoken Arabic. Roi Silberberg is in the process of finishing his PhD on peace education in Haifa University. Within his thesis he debates issues such as the importance and relevance of the teaching of history and civics to peace education. In addition, he raise the claim that history teaching is a useful tool to create a national narrative that stresses heroism and unity and marginalizes diversity not recognizing the fact that culture is ever changing. This kind of historical narrative is very useful to contradict hegemonic or imperial influences. On the other hand, it is self defeating when attempting to create a pluralistic (maybe even post-colonial) society.

16.00     Coffee and Tea Break

16.30 - 18.00      Panel discussion: Turkish Perspectives in the Teaching of European and Global History

Turkish History Educators to share and reflect on how European and Global History. The issues will include: Multi-ethnic Empire, Nationalism in the Balkan, Non-Turkish Muslims in the Ottoman Empire and Beyond, World War II and After.

Dr. Bulent Ari (Director Dolmabahce Palace, Istanbul, Turkey)

Ayşe Bilgiç (project coordinator in Edremit town National Education Directorate in Edremit, Balıkesir, Turkey.)

Dr. Ismail H. Demircioglu (Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary Social Science Education at Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey.)

Hasan Sungur (PhD on History education, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey)

Özgür Aktaş (research assistant and PhD student in the department of History education at Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey)

Dr. Semih Aktekin (Assistant Professor at Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey and EUROCLIO Board Member)

Chair: Dr. Teyfur Erdoğdu

18.30     Open Forum for Sharing Practice, Discussion and More:

Moderated by: Jonathan Even-Zohar (EUROCLIO Senior Manager)

18.30 - 18.50: Jennifer Gillett: Developing International Mindedness through history teaching: The International Baccalaureate

Jenny Gillett is the curriculum manager for history for the International Baccalaureate diploma programme, a pre-university course taught in over 140 countries around the world.

18.50 - 19.10: Robert J. Schliessler: Looking at European history trough a film lens, The role of Film/TV and internet for education

Robert J. Schliessler is an independent filmmaker, teacher and politician. Graduated in 1996 at the academy of arts with a thesis on the possibilities of Virtual Reality in secondary education. Robert was nominated in 2004 as best young commercial director in Cannes.

19.10 - 19.30: Souad Halila (University of Tunis), “Tunisia’s 3000+ Years of History: Diversity and Tolerance Against All Odds”.

“In Tunisia right now, there’s an urgent need to reassess our history and re-map its multi-civilizational legacies. Given the emergent and gnawing Salafist conspicuousness, this presentation seeks to capture a synopsis of the various civilizations that helped enrich the country and make most of its people shun religious fanaticism, reductionism, and regression and opt for diversity, dialogue, and development.”

19.30 - 19.50: Historiana - Your Portal to the Past - EUROCLIO’s biggest effort

Geert Kessels (EUROCLIO Project Manager), received his BA in History from the Radboud University Nijmegen and is currently enrolled in the Research Masters program at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies he specialized himself in modern Central European History with a focus on nation building processes. At EUROCLIO Geert is responsible for the execution of the Historiana program, which will be an Online Learning Environment for History Education with a focus on multiperspectivity and a transnational approach.

20.00     Dinner at Hotel Kervansaray