This introduction explores the connections between young people’s sense of identity and their understanding of the historical past. It examines the challenges of remembering and commemorating past, contentious events but also the potential opportunities to reimagine the past in ways that can contribute to deeper mutual understanding in contested societies. Using Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries 2012-22, the events from 1912 to 22 which led to partition and the shaping of modern Ireland, it introduces the concept of ethical remembering and details how this has underpinned civil society’s response to the series of anniversaries. As an example, it outlines how ethical remembering principles were applied to develop an online resource for schools, designed to enable young people to take a critical and informed perspective towards commemorations they encounter in their communities. Finally, it advocates the use of oral history and community engagement as important ways of addressing the recent, emotive past.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Identity Formation, Commemoration and History Education
|Number of pages
|Published (in print/issue) - 4 May 2020
- Oral History
- Ethical Remembering
- History Teaching