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Leaning on memory to push forward

By Maria Gregoriou

The Home for Cooperation in Nicosia is a great spot to learn new things, listen to opinions and share ideas, and the events planned for the end of the month are no different.

For the teachers of you out there, and anyone else who is interested, the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR) will be launching a trilingual guide (English, Greek and Turkish) entitled How to Introduce a Gender in History Teaching on Saturday.

As AHDR believes that addressing gender issues is central to strengthening inclusive education for all young people, the publication includes a thorough analysis of the history textbooks across the existing divide in Cyprus. In doing so, it demonstrates that women continue to be underrepresented or portrayed as historically insignificant, thus legitimising a certain status quo.

In an effort to contribute to the deconstruction of patriarchal or hegemonic power relations, this publication includes guidelines for educators and lesson plans to be used in classrooms.

The launch event will start at 10am with registration. Then at 10.15am there will be a welcoming address and a presentation by the authors of the publication. This will be followed by a presentation of the publication by its authors at 10.40am.

The last events of the morning will be two presentations by international experts. The first will be a theoretical introduction on why is the gender perspective important in history teaching by Elisabeth Lonna at 11am. The second presentation will be by Dean Smart at 11.30am on how to work with the gender perspective in the history class.

The morning events are open to all and will conclude at 12.30pm with a lunch for participants. Registration is not required for the morning events, but it is required for the workshop for educators which will run at 1.30pm as places are limited.

If you are interested in the workshop, you can register your interest by sending an email to [email protected]

At 1.30pm, a workshop specifically for educators will be carried out by both the authors and the international experts, using lesson plans from the publication.

The second event on the Home for Cooperation agenda for the end of the month is a talk by Professor Yiannis Papadakis on Monday under the title Memory, History and Identity in Divided Cyprus from 6.30pm until 8pm.

Papadakis will discuss issues related to memory and forgetting, the ways in which history is presented by the two sides of Cyprus, and different approaches towards history within each side, concluding with some reflections regarding the possibilities and obstacles for reunification.

The talk will be accompanied by film clips and various images, including images from museums and history books. There will also a discussion after the talk and you can ask any questions.

Papadakis is Professor of Social Anthropology at University of Cyprus and has published widely on Cyprus on issues related to nationalism, memory, museums, history books, language, and film.

His book Echoes from the Dead Zone: Across the Cyprus Divide, first published in English in 2005, has been translated in Greek and Turkish. His latest research is on Denmark on issues related to trust, social democracy and the Scandinavian model.

To join this event call Ann at 96-773 980 or send an e-mail to [email protected] by Friday.

How to Introduce Gender in History Teaching
Launch of a trilingual guide-book in English, Greek and Turkish. November 28. Home for Cooperation. 10am-4.30pm. Tel: 22-445740

Memory, History and Identity in Divided Cyprus
Talk by professor Yiannis Papadakis. November 30. Home for Cooperation, Nicosia. 6.30pm-8pm. Tel: 96-773980

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