In the countries from both the North and the South of the Mediterranean, the teaching of 19th and 20th century history in school keeps silent about historical developments critical to entire sub-regions of the Mediterranean and hardly refers to the history of social, cultural, religious, political and economic connexions in and across the Mediterranean – the sole exceptions being European colonialism, and to a certain extent Ottoman imperialism. History teaching remains either Eurocentric or largely nationalistic, thus failing to provide students with basic knowledge pertaining to the history of the region. The Mediterranean being to a large extend a Eurocentric notion itself, it has nevertheless become a theatre of major conflicts and migrations affecting the countries situated on its shore and beyond, and given the fact that history is key to understanding these developments, the absence of Mediterranean perspectives in History teaching is a major shortcoming. This Explorative Workshop aimed at laying the ground for an international network of historians and history teachers seeking to infuse Mediterranean perspectives into history teaching. It brought together experts from different disciplines and countries.
Interview with convener Romain Faure
Workshop report at Trafo