Book Presentation ‘Echoing Events’ by Tina van der Vlies

Thursday 19 Jan 2023, 14:00 - 16:00
Spoken Language
Mandeville Building
Campus Woudestein
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Echoing Events book

The research group History@Erasmus and the Center for Historical Culture invite you to attend the book presentation of Tina van der Vlies’ Echoing Events: The Perpetuation of National Narratives in English and Dutch History Textbooks, 1920-2010. This book explores the perpetuation, actualization, and canonization of national narratives in English and Dutch history textbooks over the course of the past century. The book is published in hard copy and open access by Brill | V&R Unipress in a series on educational media research, edited by the Leibniz Institute for Educational Media.




14:00Welcome by Dr. Robbert-Jan Adriaansen, Erasmus University Rotterdam
14:05Book presentation by Dr. Tina van der Vlies, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The first copy will be given to Johannes Westberg, Professor of Theory and History of Education at the University of Groningen

14:45First reaction by Prof. dr. Johannes Westberg
15:00Questions and discussion
16:00Drinks and bites at Erasmus Pavilion



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Book abstract

Echoing Events questions the perpetuation, actualization, and canonization of national narratives in English and Dutch history textbooks, wide-reaching media that tendentially  inspire a sense of meaning, memory, and thus also identity. The longitudinal study begins in the 1920s, when the League of Nations launched several initiatives to reduce strong nationalistic visions in textbooks, and ends in the new millennium with the revival of national narratives in both countries. The analysis shows how and why textbook authors have narrated different histories – which vary in terms of context, epoch, and place – as ‘echoing events’ by using recurring plots and the same combinations of historical analogies. This innovative and original study thus investigates from a new angle the resistance of national narratives to change.


About Tina van der Vlies

Dr Tina van der Vlies is assistant professor of history and education at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a member of the scientific advisory board of the Dutch National Museum of Education. In 2021 the Erasmus University Rotterdam awarded her work with the Research Prize at the opening of the academic year. In 2022 she started her new research 'Why school history matters: public discourses on the purposes of history education, 1920-2020', funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO Rubicon). For this project she is affiliated with the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education (UK).

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