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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Historical Analysis, Presentation and Narration

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Historians of education produce narratives about our educational past. In this course, we develop our ability to analyse and present the information we have gathered from our sources. This is an important ability for historians of education, childhood and psychology for several reasons. These include the expectations from the social and behavioural sciences to explain the steps taken, when performing a historical analysis, and the expectations from the historical sciences to provide the reader with a convincing and well-written historical narrative.

In this summer school, scholars from the humanities and social sciences from Netherlands, Belgium and the Nordics will hold lectures, lead seminars and workshops that provide a unique opportunity to develop your analytical skills and writing ability.

Practical information

Dates & location 5 - 9 June 2023, Groningen, the Netherlands
Level MA and PhD


(Cost for coffee, lunch, summer school dinner and welcome drinks are covered by the summer school)

€ 200
Free participation for students from the universities of Groningen, Uppsala, South-Eastern Norway, KU Leuven and ENLIGHT Universities.

Academic coordinators Johannes Westberg, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

Johannes Westberg,


This summer school is designed for MA students and PhD students who want to develop their skills in historical analysis and presentation, or deepen their insights into the field of history of education.

The participants are expected to be MA and PhD students with an interest in history of education research, and a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the main features of historical analysis, presentation and narration
  2. Identify different kinds of historical analysis
  3. Employ varying writing styles

  • Preparation: 48 hours
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops: 36 hours

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 84 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

  • Johannes Westberg, University of Groningen
  • Hilda Amsing, University of Groningen
  • Lourens van Haaften, University of Groningen
  • Merethe Roos, University of South-Eastern Norway
  • Sarah Van Ruyskensvelde, KU Leuven
  • Pieter Verstraete, KU Leuven
  • Annette Mülberger Rogele, University of Groningen

Additional colleagues from University of Groningen and Uppsala University will be added to the list.

Course schedule

In addition to hands-on writing sessions and collective reading session, the lectures provided will include:

  • Johannes Westberg, “Mapmaker, detective or truffle pig – the many kinds of historical analysis”
  • Sarah Van Ruyskensvelde, "Does the Story need Statistics? Looking at the Archive through Multiple Lenses"
  • Lourens van Haaften, "History writing and the challenge of methodological nationalism: strategies and pitfalls?"
  • Merethe Roos, "Historical interpretation a la Koselleck: the theory of simultaneity and the non-simultaneous"
  • Pieter Verstraete, "Activism and historical analysis: A match made in heaven or…”
  • Annette Mülberger Rogele, "How to do microhistory: examples from the history of psychology"
Application procedure

To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please note that you will be asked to submit the following documents:

  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Letter of motivation (max 250 words)
  • Title of your research project

The deadline for application is 17 March 2023.

This summer school share teaching staff with the master track “Ethics of Education: philosophy, history and law”

KU Leuven
Uppsala social sciences
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The organizers of this course also offer the MA-track Ethics of Education.

Last modified:10 March 2023 1.48 p.m.