Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research - Member of the Leibnitz Association
The Georg Eckert Institute considers itself the international academic and communication center for the systematic, comparative and historical exploration of history, geography and social studies textbooks and other relevant educational media. It examines, from an international perspective, societal patterns of interpretation and identity and their underlying specific images of the self, of the other and of the enemy as conveyed through educational systems, thus institutionally secured and thereby legitimized. Analyzing these structures and increasing awareness for alternative or competing interpretations, orientations and identification processes are among the central tasks of the institute’s work.
The GEI provides multifaceted, research-supported consulting services for academia and for regional, national, European and international(educational) policy, educational administrations and educational practices as well as for the media and the public.
The Institute awards scholarships for a period of four to six weeks. Applications can be submitted at any time. Applicants, who would like to be considered for any coming year however, should send in their application by the middle of September of the previous year. Applications should be directed to the institute’s director or one of the academic colleagues.
In addition, the Otto Bennemann Scholarship is awarded for the advancement of methodically innovative studies in international textbook research.
Furthermore, the Institute announces the Robert Hermann Tenbrock Scholarship every four years for research projects on Europe.
In the year 2010, for the first time and subsequently every two years, the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research will award a prize donated by the Westermann Publishing Group in Brunswick for academic excellence in the field of international education media research.