Maria Grever co-editor of the book Sensitive Pasts. Questioning Heritage in Education

Sensitive pasts
boek 'Sensitive Pasts'


Recently, Berghahn Books published the volume Sentive Pasts in the well-known series "Making sense of history" nr. 27, founded by prof.dr. Jörn Rüsen. Prof.dr. Maria Grever is one of the book editors. Co-editors are prof.dr. Carla van Boxtel and dr. Stephan Klein. The book derives from the research program Heritage Education, Plurality of Narratives and Shared Historical Knowledge (2009-2014), funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Program and research leader Maria Grever; research leader Carla van Boxtel.

The Appeal of Heritage

Heritage, as an area of research and learning, often deals with difficult historical questions in terms of conceptual intricacy, but also due to the strong emotions and political commitments that are often at stake. In this, it poses particular challenges for teachers and their students. Guided by a shared focus on these “sensitive pasts,” the contributors to this volume draw on new theoretical and empirical research to provide valuable insights into heritage pedagogy. Together they demonstrate the potential of heritage as a historical-educational domain that transcends myopic patriotism, parochialism and simplistic relativism, helping to enhance critical and sophisticated historical thinking.


The volume contains chapters from various scholars:

  • Peter Seixas (University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Keith Barton (Indiana University, USA)
  • Alexandra Binnenkade (University of Basel, Switzerland)
  • Tsafrir Goldberg (University of Haifa, Israel)
  • Sían Jones (University of Stirling, UK)
  • Brenda Trofanenko (Acadia University, Canada)
  • Bruce Vansledright (University of North Carolina, USA)
  • Sheila Watson (Leicester University, UK)
  • Chiel van den Akker (VU)
  • Pieter de Bruijn (OU)
  • Susan Legêne (VU)
  • Heleen van Londen (UvA)
  • Geerte Savenije (UvA)
  • Alex van Stipriaan (EUR)
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