Georg Eckert Institute

for International

Textbook Research



Workshop „Minorities in the Educational Systems in South Eastern Europe“

25-29 May, 2002, Braunschweig/Germany





Within the framework of a Stability Pact project, the Georg Eckert Institute organizes a workshop on the topic „Minorities in History Textbooks“, which will take place on 25-29 May, 2002. It is intended for historians, history teachers, and (future) history textbook authors from Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania and Yugoslavia (Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia).

In plenary and working group sessions, the about 15 participants will work on current questions related to the presentation of minorities in the textbooks of both the majority and minority groups of the respective countries. On the basis of a questionnaire that will be sent beforehand to the participants, the state-of-the-art of latest textbook presentations will be first assessed and compared at a regional level. Lectures on historical and methodological issues given by academic experts will accompany working groups, in which the participants will conceptualise and discuss ideas and views.

The aim is to

a)      reshape the quantitative balance between the representation of minorities and majorities in textbooks;

b)      define crucial topics for interpreting the (historical and present) interrelations between majority and minority groups,

c)      develop concepts, how to present in a more adequate manner multiethnic, multinational, multireligious (etc.) societies and their histories in textbooks.


Overall Guidelines for the Analysis of the Textbooks and Curricula


The Georg Eckert Institute is able to fund the expenses of about 15 participants from South-East Europe. Further applicants are asked to bear their travel and accommodation expenses or to apply for financial support with other institutions.


Applications are to be sent by 30.04.2002 to:


Fax: ++49 531 590 99 99




Minorities in the Educational Systems in South Eastern Europe


Seminar of the Georg-Eckert-Institute

for International Textbook Research

Braunschweig, 25 -29 May 2002


Draft Programme


Saturday, 25 May                  

Arrival of the participants

19.00                                       Dinner


Sunday, 26 May

                                                Excursion / Day at participants’ disposal



Monday, 27 May                   


9.30 – 11.00                           Opening Lecture: Problems and methods of minority education – a comparative overview

11.00 – 11.30                          Coffee Break

Plenary Sessions and Discussions

11.30 -  13.00                         Presentation of textbook analyses – the state of the art

13.00 – 14.30                          Lunch

14.30 – 16.00                         The example of Vojvodina, prospects for the future

16.00 – 16.30                         Coffee Break

16.30 – 18.00                         The example of Transylvania, prospects for the future

20.00                                       Dinner



Tuesday, 28 May                 

Parallel Working Group Sessions tutored by experts in Intercultural Studies

09.30  - 11.00                         First Session

11.00 -  11.30                          Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00                          Second Session

13.00 – 14.30              Lunch

14.30 – 16.00                          Third Session

16.00 – 16.30                          Coffee Break

16.30 – 18.00                          Evaluation of the Seminar; Follow-up-activities

20.00                                       Dinner



Wednesday, 29 May Departure of the participants