Project information

The Language of History

A collaborative and interdisciplinary project on how the study of history through is practised through EU working languages, focussing on content and cultural processes, rather than processes or language outcomes. We are seeking input from universities, academics, associations, etc.

January 2011 - November 2011

Charity information

English Trust for European Education

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  • Need


    A clear understanding of European history is at the heart of a vision of an integrated Union, where people are conscious and respectful of their differences yet understanding the lessons of history clearly and objectively.


    Cultural and linguistic issues mask some of the more striking or controversial historical concepts. Using the unique angle of the medium of language to explore a specific historical perspective and how this is presented in various different cultures across Europe should open up a very rewarding discourse, benefiting educators and pupils alike.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Set up and publicise successfully a pan-European conference


    » Organise venue and speakers, find partners and associates and promote widely

    Success will be demonstrated by the presence of at least 100 delegates from across as many EU countries as possible

  • Impact


    Initiate this dialogue moving the venue of the conference across several EU countries and producing a set of guidelines and teachers training material on the subject


    Insufficient funds to finance the setting up operations


    Donors will become project sponsors and will receive information during the preparation, as well the relevant proceedings

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,500 Venue 1 day conference
      £3,000 Bursaries Bursaries for delegates from emerging EU economies
      £4,000 Speakers fees For speakers from across the EU
      £2,500 Promotions To produce publicity material
  • Background


    Oxford, provisionally the Town Hall


    Teachers across Europe, pupils, public at large

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are uniquely placed as a charity specialising in European educational matters, with an existing international network of educators in the region and a proven track record in this area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jiim Campbell

    Former teacher of history at the European School and previous Mayor of Oxford as well as sitting in numerous international committees.

    Dr Lynn Erler

    Oxford university educator and previous experience of academic conferences

    John Sayer

    Former headmaster, senior official teachers unions, conference organiser