On 17 April 2014, Dr Antoon de Baets became professor by special appointment in History, Ethics and Human Rights at the Faculty of Arts in collaboration with EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators.
This chair, at the interface between history, ethics and human rights, is unique in the world. It has been founded with the aim of supporting the extensive interest in recent decades both within and outside the University for the principle of academic integrity, which has led to an ‘ethical wave’ within the history profession as well.
De Baets will contribute to the study of history as an academic discipline and as a profession from ethical and human rights perspectives. By ‘history as a profession’ is meant academic historians, history teachers and history students. Attention to history teachers, and the emphasis on the relationship between history, ethics and human rights, dovetails closely with the mission of EUROCLIO. The association was founded in 1992, and currently reaches over 25,000 professionals in the academic world and history education in 49 countries in Europe and the world. EUROCLIO’s spearhead is ‘responsible history education’, and it works to promote peace, democracy and stability.
Antoon de Baets studied History at Ghent University. His PhD thesis there in 1988 was awarded the highest distinction. De Baets has been Associate Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Groningen since 1989. He has over 150 publications to his name, including Responsible History. A full CV can be found at: http://www.concernedhistorians.org/va/cv.pdf
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