Call for Workshops: International History Festival histoCON 2022 in Berlin: Shared past? Divided memories?

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Call for Papers
September 7, 2022 to September 10, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Peace History / Studies, Public History, Teaching and Learning, World History / Studies

histoCON 2022 is an international history festival organised by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and supported by the German Foreign Office. histoCON’s claim is “Look back, think ahead” – because familiarity and critical engagement with history can help us understand the present and learn for the future.

Around 250 young adults from all over the world aged between 18 and 30 are invited to come to come together in Berlin to look at post-1945 history from multiple perspectives:

  • How do different countries and regions look at history?

  • Where are differences and commonalities?

  • Which stories are being heard and which ones are not?

histoCON addresses both those who have previously only reflected on historical themes at school or college, as well as persons with professional backgrounds. The latter can apply to be workshop hosts for histoCON. The application deadline is 15 June 2022.


What is the aim of histoCON 2022?

Using target group specific and participative formats we want to explore, discuss and deconstruct images, receptions and narratives of history and the cultures and politics of memory. The aim is to use shared perspectives to learn from each other across borders and in dialogue, to develop new project ideas and build networks. We not only want to look at the past but also understand how historical developments are influencing us in the here and now and how they might do in the future.


What are the focal areas?  

histoCON will concentrate on three focal areas and (presumed) dichotomies, each of which has influenced history after the end of the Second World War:

  • Independence / Dependence

  • Conflict / Cooperation

  • Transformation / Continuity

Visit our website to find out more about the thematic focal areas and possible questions.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for workshop hosts to offer various formats, such as fishbowls, panel discussions, lectures, open spaces, cultural and artistic workshops, field trips, city tours, readings followed by discussion etc.

What criteria should the workshops meet?

The workshops need to

  • concentrate on one of the three thematic focal areas,

  • address one or several of histoCON’s target groups,

  • particularly include transnational or transregional perspectives,

  • make use of strongly interactive/innovative/creative methods,

  • use English as a working language.

What are we offering workshop hosts?

  • remuneration,

  • reimbursement of costs for travel, accommodation and meals,

  • participation in the entire festival (if desired),

  • a networking platform and opportunity to develop new project ideas with other international participants.

How can proposals be submitted?

If you’d like to submit a proposal for one or several parts of the programme, please complete this form by 15 June 2022 at the latest. Visit our website for the concept paper and information on the event generally. Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at

Contact Info: 

Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung
Charlotte Jahnz
Adenauerallee 86
53113 Bonn

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