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"History Textbooks and the Profession: Comparing National Controversies in a Globalizing Age"

May 4, 2007

This one-day symposium was convened to compare the controversies surrounding historical texts that emerged during the last fifteen to twenty years with the onset of the post-Cold War era and the acceleration of globalization, multi-culturalism and the neo-liberal order.

Sponsored by the Department of History, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for International Studies, South Asia Language and Area Center, Morris Fishbein Center for the Study of History and Medicine, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Session I : Politics

"Historical Memory, International Conflict and Japanese Textbook Controversies in Three Epochs" — Yoshiko Nozaki (SUNY Buffalo) and Mark Selden (SUNY Binghamton)

"The Politics of History Textbooks in India" — Neeladri Bhattacharya, (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

"Weapons of Mass Instruction: How Schoolbooks & Democratization Destroyed Multiethnic Central Europe" — Charles Ingrao, (Purdue University)

Discussant: Prasenjit Duara, University of Chicago

Session II: Boundaries

"Textbook Controversies and the Limits of American History" — Thomas Bender (New York University)

"Testing the limits of historical imagination: Mexico’s history-textbook controversies and the U.S. question (circa 1957-2000)" — Mauricio Tenorio Trillo (University of Chicago)

Discussant: Simone Laessig, Georg-Eckert-Institut für Internationale Schulbuchforschung (Braunschweig, Germany)

Session III: Futures

"School Textbooks as Collective Memory and Social Design: Some Thoughts on Developing a World Consciousness" — Hanna Schissler (Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Braunschweig, Germany)

"Historical Reconciliation: A Tool for Conflict Resolution" — Elazar Barkan (Columbia University)

Discussant: Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago

Question and Answer Session

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