History textbooks have always been changing. From textual narratives in the nineteenth century to the late twentieth century’s books filled with images, source documents and tasks. Now, in our postdigital twenty-first century, textbooks are moving online as apps and websites. But what happens to the content as textbooks’ materiality changes? I suggest here that textbooks are “elastic”. Like an elastic band, they pull the national(ist) past, which was once the reason to institutionalise history education, with them. First, textbooks pull on the curriculum. Second, textbooks pull linearity with them. Third, textbooks pull on monovocality. The piece concludes by noting some augmentations which may reshape the elastic band of national(ist) history.
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This paper examines how conferences and symposiums can be organised in the digital space with the example of their own symposium “Zukunft der Objekte”.
Abstract: This is part 2 of the essay about the exceptional demands on university teaching in the digital-distant semester at the German-speaking universities forced by the corona crisis. The two… Read More ›
This essay draws cautious conclusions about the digital and distant arrangements enforced upon teaching and learning by the corona pandemic.
Lara Kelland raises one of the most controversial questions of democratization of Public History: Is Digital Public History history at all?
Within a few days of Corona-led change, “online learning” moved further into the spotlight of public debates and of teaching history.
A change in the culture of remembrance towards a digital-somatic phase is to be expected through immersive media such as “Witness Auschwitz”
Students in 6th grade, often do not know Anne Frank. How do they react to the an “Anne also gets a star today” meme – where does the fun stop?