Teaching the Wider World

Wednesday, September 11 2013
The Institute of Historical Research, The University of London

Room 349
Senate House
Malet Street WC1E 7HU
United Kingdom

Sponsor(s):

  • The University of York
  • The Higher Education Academy

Main speakers:

Richard J. Evans
Cambridge University
Su Lin Lewis
University of Birmingham
Nicola Sheldon
Institute of Education, University of London
Jason Todd
Oxford University
Nick Guyatt
University of York
Machel Bogues
Abeng Productions
The Higher Education Academy

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The Higher Education Academy
Nick Guyatt
University of York

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Nick Guyatt's and Luke Clossey's recently piece, 'It's a Small World After All?  Geographical diversity and history teaching in the UK', in the American Historical Association's Perpectives on History (May 2013) has started a lively debate about the breadth and quality of teaching and research in our universities.  Have universities got the right balance between European/North American history, and wider world history?  If not, why not?  How can we account for disparities in the way this balance seems to operate in US/Canadian universities versus British ones?  Is the UK falling behind?  Does that matter?  Is the challenge simply to persuade departments to hire more wider-world historians or do we need to tweak the culture of university research and teaching to ensure that early career historians in wider world topics realise their potential?  What are the connections between this debate in the university setting and the arguments about 'the history of us', the National Curriculum and school teaching.  And in any case, why should students/pupils be interested in wider world history in the first place?  Should we emphasise the value of wider world curiosity by embracing instrumental arguments about the (international) career opportunities and the global economy that await school-leavers and university graduates?

Panellists on this Question Time-style event will include Machel Bogues, Professor Sir Richard Evans, Nick Guyatt, Su Lin Lewis, Nicola Sheldon, Jason Todd and Peter D'Sena (chair).  Please come ready to engage in the debate and come armed with your questions!

The event, starting at 5.30pm and free to attend, immediately follows the HEA's Teaching History in Higher Education conference (see elsewhere on the IHR's events pages for further details and www.heacademy.ac.uk/alldisplay?type=events&newid=2013/10_11_sept_history_conf_2013&site=york)

Should you require any further information, please contact either Nick Guyatt (nicholas.guyatt@york.ac.uk) or Peter D'Sena (peter.dsena@heacademy.ac.uk).

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