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History Education in Divided and Postwar Societies

History Can Bite: History Education in Divided and Postwar Societies


One of the major issues faced by societies in the wake of civil war and mass violence is how to approach these events in the classroom.  The contributors to "History Can Bite" explore the challenges involved in developing curricula, choosing textbooks, and reaching students in these war-torn societies, and provide insights into how history teaching has acted as a political tool that has, at times, been guilty of exacerbating inter-group conflicts.  "History Can Bite" also discusses the roles history teaching has had in reconcliation attempts and discusses how the contestations and difficulties surrounding such processes were addressed in different post-conflict societies around the world.

Join us for a book launch for History Can Bite: History Education in Divided Postwar Societies, on December, 2 from 3:00PM - 4:00PM with author Karina V. Korostelina.


Prof. Karina V. Korostelina is an Associate Professor and Director of the Program on History Memory and Conflict at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. In addition to conducting research on a number of topics, including contested histories, political violence, and inclusive and common history projects, Professor Korostelina conducts trainings for history teachers and leads a series of international seminars on contested histories.


  • Karina Korostelina

    Former Regional Exchange Scholar, Kennan Institute
    Professor and Director, Program on History, Memory, and Conflict, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University