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Historians react against Flemish canon

  • October 8, 2020

Historians from all Flemish universities collaborated to write a common opinion piece in the daily newspaper De Standaard, concerning the infamous "Flemish canon" (=a list of historical, cultural 'windows' that include the history of the Flemish region). Also Anne Winter and Wouter Ryckbosch of research group HOST co-authored the text.

They argue that the establishment of a canon contradicts historical thinking, in which it is essential to view history from different perspectives. Looking at history through a Flemish-national lense threatens to include dangers such as teleological views of the past and even state propaganda when it is used for education and integration purposes.

You can read the full account of the historians' resistance to the canon here.