CONNECTING THE PAST TO THE PRESENT AND TO THE FUTURE
The History Educators International Research Network [HEIRNET] conference brings together colleagues from around the world interested in History’s civilising, cultural, educational, moral, social, political and citizenship roles.
Our 18th annual conference will either meet in Amsterdam from Wednesday, 26th August to Friday 28th August 2020 or be postponed to 2021, see below and the website sections Fees and Registration, Conference Submissions, Areas, Themes & Topics and Key Dates & Conference Timetable. Amsterdam is a splendid cosmopolitan venue for considering the conference programme with its focus on the role and nature of History Education in facing the existential threat from failing to constructively CONNECT THE PAST TO THE PRESENT AND TO THE FUTURE
The conference invites proposals for presentations from across the conference’s 6 Areas with its 22 themes and over 200 separate topics, click the Conference Submissions, Themes and Topics sub-section of the website in the HEIRNET 2020 Conference section’s drop down menu.
HEIRNET 2020 AMSTERDAM CONFERENCE: Overview
Amsterdam – the perfect HEIRNET 2020 venue
Amsterdam, the Venice of the North, a city of canals, flowers and bicycles. Since the 16th century Amsterdam has been a metropolis at the heart of Europe’s transformative impact upon the world that still osmotically permeates, influences and shapes our lives and identities and connects past, present and future.
Amsterdam’s tap and side roots penetrate the globe as a cultural, trading, fiscal and commercial power. Based upon Amsterdam, the country’s capital, the Netherlands’ outreach initially extended via the Spanish empire to the Americas and Africa. Subsequently Amsterdam’s impact also encompassed the Asian sub-continent, largely through the Dutch seaborne empire. Here Amsterdam played a key financial role as a centre of international banking and capitalism fuelling world trade, commerce and industry.
Connecting the Past to the Present and to the Future …
makes history relevant to students. This can be a difficult task, because they usually tend to think that history is ‘all dead and gone’. Students often fail to see that the only way to make sense of the present and to develop feasible expectations for the future is provided by orientation on the past. Teaching how to connect the past to the present and to the future should therefore be a central concern of history teachers. Relevant history teaching cannot do without these connections rooted in the past. Not only history teaching, but also the decisions and actions of our political masters, as contemporary British history illuminates.
Conference Site – Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences Campus
Click on the Conference Campus for information about the conference campus, lecture theatres and seminar rooms and links about the rest of the University of Amsterdam Applied Sciences.
The images below give an idea of the Amstel campus, Amsterdam UAS conference site in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam UAS conference site in Amsterdam
Amsterdam flowers, bicycles and canal image
Visitors viewing Rembrandt Picture
Amsterdam UAS conference reception area
Amsterdam street scene with bicycles
The conference fee is: £ 300
The student fee is: £ 150
For further information about fees and registration, click on the Fees & Registration link to be taken to the relevant page of the website.
Conference Submissions, Areas, Themes and Topics
Strands, Sessions and Presentations
Strands The conference will have up to four parallel strands.
Sessions last for 90 minutes. Please note that delegates can run sessions on topics and themes of their own choice and manage them as they desire, i.e. they have full control.
Sessions can take nine forms:
|1.Papers||2.Debates||3.Discussions & Open Meetings||4.Book Presentations
- Paper Sessions allow for up to 15 minutes for each paper’s delivery with five speakers per session, 20 minutes with four speakers per session, 20 minutes with three speakers. The session chair can organize paper sessions as they think fit to give time for discussion and debate.
- Debates, Discussions & Open Meetings, Book & Project Presentations, Round tables, Seminar, Symposia and Delegate Created sessions
- Sessions organisers decide upon their own pattern and timing for running their sessions, lasting either 45 minutes for a half-session or 90 minutes for a full session.
- Workshops last 45 or 90 minutes according to the wishes of the presenters. They also organise and manage them as they want.
The Conference Submissions, Themes and Topics section of the website gives full details of what submitting an abstract involves. It lists the 6 conference areas, their 22 conference themes and 200+ topics and the types of conference sessions: papers, posters, round tables, seminars, debates, workshops and delegate proposed themes & topics. On acceptance of your submitted submission with its abstract for presentation at the conference you can register immediately.
To make a submission for the conference, click on the Submit Submission link that takes you to the Conference Submission, Themes and Topics section of the website.
Conference Flyer or Leaflet and the Conference Circular
The HEIRNET 2020 Conference Flyer or leaflet summarises the information about the conference and the range and Type of sessions and presentations on offer.
To download the flyer as either a 4 sided A5 leaflet click on the flyer images.
The Conference Circular is the flyer plus full details of the conference’s 6 areas, 22 themes and 200+ topics.
Key Dates – for full details of Key Dates & Conference Timetable click here.
6th December 2019
Website opens for submitting proposed conference presentations and registration for conference attendance.
7th July 2020
Closing date for submission of proposals for conference presentations
15th July 2020
Final date of notification of acceptance of proposals for conference presentations.
24th July 2020
Deadline for registration of delegates making presentations at the conference.
11th August 2020
Deadline for registration for the conference of all other delegates.
26th – 28th August 2020: HEIRNET 2020 Conference
Wibautstraat 5a., Amsterdam, The Netherlands
7th January 2021
Deadline for submission of papers for publication in the History Education Research Journal [HERJ], edition 18.2
HEIRNET 2019 Acknowledgements