Dr. Snezhana Dimitrova, Assoc. Prof.
South-West University “Neofit Rilski”
Abstract. Considering some mistakes made by student during a TV competition
on national media, symptomatic of „the state of things“, and based on the theory of
affection, the article raises the question of the theoretical and empirical deficits in the
historical education and cultural formation of students. It subjects through historical
examples the role of the relational context in which the knowledge is absorbed and
embodied to challenge the other context of knowledge - the affective. And with that, it
turns the scientific focus on the role of hidden curricula for civic education in history,
which today define our tomorrow.
Keywords: theory of affect; social history; civic education; cultural formation; relational context; body history; microhistory; “Brave New World”