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En levande historia: Hur Forum för levande historia levandegör det förflutna genom historisk empati
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to analyze how the Swedish government agency Forum för levande historia mediates historical understanding through attempts to bridge distance in time and space. With reference to the concept of historical empathy I examine two publications by the Forum för levande historia agency to illustrate how history may be conveyed in a way which constitutes historical empathy in relation to secondary school students. The essay is guided by three question: "how can one understand the concept of historical empathy in relation to the student materials published by the Forum för levande historia angency in a broader educational context?", "how does the Forum för levande historia agency relate to the readers historical understanding?", and, "in what way is historical empathy used to bridge the temporal and geographical dimension in history education?". Furthermore, my theoretical framework states that historical empathy can only be achieved through an alignment of historical positionality; a positioning of a texts authors and recipients regarding their preconceived understanding of his-tory. Thus, history may only be conveyed when an author positions the historical content in a way that consider how the recipient’s ontological, epistemological, existential, and sociocultural disposition impact their view of history.

Through my textual analysis, with basis in said theoretical framework, I conclude that Forum för levande historia convey history by three different means, each one facilitated as a different type of historical empathy. Consequently, the three types that constitutes historical empathy, narrative, subjective, and contextual empathy, are used by the authors to position the text in a way that is accessible for student. However, as the analysis demonstrate a hybridization in the use of historical empathy raises questions about whether this implementation develop or impair historical empathy. Hence, my essay suggests that the implication for teaching history, as well as history education in a broader sense, require educators to reflect and evaluate how they con-vey history.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
Historisk empati, Forum för levande historia, Historieförmedling, Förintelsen, Kommunism, Historical empathy, Historical positionality.
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History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-67354OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-67354DiVA, id: diva2:1221495
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Historia; Historia
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Available from: 2018-06-20 Created: 2018-06-20 Last updated: 2018-06-20Bibliographically approved

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