Documentation of the NECE Conference Vienna, Austria

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Venue: Tagungshaus

5.30 - 8.30 pm
Meeting of the NECE Focus Group Hard-to-reach learners and youth (members only)

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Venue: Tagungshaus

9.30 am -1.30 pm
Meeting of the NECE Focus Group Hard-to-reach learners and youth (members only)

2.00 – 5.00 pm
Meeting of the DARE Network (members only)

Conference moderation:

Almut Möller, DGAP e.V. (Germany) & Susanne Ulrich, Center for Applied Policy Research (C•A•P)/ Academy Leadership & Competence (Germany)

2:30 pm
Registration & welcome coffee

3:15 pm
Welcome address
Manfred Wirtitsch, Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs (Austria)

3:30-4:30 pm
Warming up: Dancing the waltz
A waltz dancing lesson is offered to help warming up for the conference ahead.

4.45 - 5.15 pm
Coffee break & networking

5:15 - 6:15 pm
Consultation panels & partner workshops

In this session you can either participate in one of the Consultation panels or alternatively in one of the offered partner workshops.
  1. Consultation panels

    Seminar room 1 (Tagungshaus)
    A) "Erasmus+ for Education, Training, Youth and Sport"
    Astrid Terreng, Nationalagentur (Austria)

    Seminar room 2 (Tagungshaus)
    B) "Vote Match Europe – The common tool for the 2014 European elections"
    Pamela Brandt, Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany) &
    Jochum de Graaf, ProDemos – House for Democracy and the Rule of Law (the Netherlands)

  2. Partner workshops

    Room Spiegel (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
    A) "Russia critics or Russia supporters? How Europe’s media perceive the Ukraine crisis"
    Judith Fiebelkorn, euro I topics (Germany)

    Room China (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
    B) "aces - Academy of Central European Schools"
    Reinhard Eckert, Interkulturelles Zentrum (Austria) supported by the ERSTE Foundation (Austria)

    Room Europe (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
    C) "Turning conflicts into partnership"
    Kita Boncheva, Fellowship Programme "Shaping Europe – Civic Education in Action" (Bulgaria)

    Room Radetzky (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
    D) "The genocide of the Armenians as educational challenge for dealing with history, narratives, and diversity"
    Ulla Kux, The Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future“ (Germany)

    Room Theresien (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
    E) "The history and urgent assignments of civic education in the Republic of Korea"
    Su-Yeon Kim, Korean Civic Education Institute for Democracy (KOCEI, South Korea)
Venue: plenary room (Tagungshaus)

6:30 pm
Film screening
"NECE 2004 - 2014: European citizenship education in the making"

6:35 pm
Opening address
PDF-Icon Thomas Krüger, President of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany)

6:45 pm
Keynote speeches
Leaving the 20th Century? Europe’s Legacies in today’s World

"Reflections on the Commemoration Year 1914/2014"
PDF-Icon Aleida Assmann, University of Konstanz (Germany)

"Past and Present: European legacies in today’s conflicts"
PDF-Icon Philipp Blom, Author (Austria)


8:30 pm
Reception at Restaurant/ Orangerie

Friday, 17 October 2014

Venue: plenary room (Tagungshaus)
09:00 am
Opening address
PDF-Icon Ludwig Adamovich junior, former president of the Austrian Constitutional Court and legal advisor to the Federal President of Austria

Followed by
Keynote speech

"Sleepwalking Giant? Europe’s political crises and its capacities as an international player"
PDF-Icon Jan-Werner Müller, Princeton University (USA)


11:30 am
"Project-Pitch" session: Project market preview

12:00-2:00 pm
Lunch break at the Restaurant/ Orangerie

01:00 pm
Opening of the project market – Networking and coffee break
at Schloss Miller Aichholz
PDF-Icon Project descriptions

Venue: plenary room (Tagungshaus)

02:00 pm
Introduction to the parallel workshop sessions

"Conflicts in and around Europe: What should be the role of citizenship education?"
PDF-Icon Lynn Davies, University of Birmingham (United Kingdom)

02:30 pm
Parallel workshop sessions: Part I
    Room Theresien (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
  • Workshop 1: Exploring the power of concepts in war and peace

    Taking the First World War as an example, the workshop will demonstrate how concept learning can serve as an approach in citizenship education to explore the dynamics of conflicts and war. How could concepts like 'fatherland' and 'honour' contribute to war euphoria all over Europe in 1914? Would this be possible today? The members of the NECE Focus Group CLEAR (Concept Learning for Empowerment through Analysis and Reflection) will share their experiences with concept learning related to the history of the First World War and will discuss how key concepts can shed light on important societal conditions.

    Room Spiegel (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
  • Workshop 2: Dialogue and citizenship education: Conceptual and practical approaches

    DIALOGUE is inseparably linked with the human being: our identity and social cohesion can only be generated through dialogue. It has played an important role in the development of conflict mediation methods and in peace studies for a number of decades. The potentials of this approach for citizenship education will be explained and also brought to life in a practical way in training units with the participants.

    Room Europe (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
  • Workshop 3: Conflicting identities? The role of identities in conflicts and in citizenship education

    Identities can play a catalytic role in different conflicts. Social conflicts as well as violent clashes are not conceivable without opposing identities. Conflicts can be played out within a society or in the international context. In this workshop we are going to discuss how citizenship education needs to be designed in diversified societies. How can citizenship education generally deal with the adversarial potential of different identities in order to prevent conflict?

    Plenary room 1 (Tagungshaus)
  • Workshop 4: The rise of populism in Europe: What should we know? How should we react?

    The recent elections of the European Parliament have demonstrated that the debates concerning European integration and membership of the EU are more polarized than ever before. Numerous euro-sceptic and populist parties have arisen, drawing on the frustration of many citizens with the economic, social and fiscal consequences of the crisis. This workshop will examine the causes of the rise of populism in Europe. In a second part of the workshop, theses will be developed on how to successfully respond to populist arguments.

    Seminar room 2 (Tagungshaus)
  • Workshop 5: Conflicting ideas of Europe: The role of values in citizenship education

    Democratic fundamental consensus is at stake in multiple cases. In what kind of Europe do we want to live and on what values should Europe’s future identity be based? Who has sovereignty of the interpretation of the democratic and value-based shaping of Europe’s future? Where do the current challenges lie for Europe’s democratic constitution? The focus of the workshop will be the role of citizenship education as one of the keys to the permanent reflection on Europe as a fundamental emancipatory and democratic project.

    Seminar room 1 (Tagungshaus)
  • Workshop 6: Towards a xenophobic Europe? Intolerance and racism in European societies: Responses by politics and citizenship education

    Amid Europe’s economic and social crisis, a general climate of intolerance and xenophobia, an often-diffuse ‘fear of others’ appears to be spreading. How can racism and xenophobia be prevented more effectively than before and what measures are necessary in order to change the migration-hostile climate of opinion? How can the relevant arguments of populist and migration-sceptical citizens be encountered? This workshop analyses the political and economic causes of the rise of migration-hostile currents and will attempt to formulate recommendations for citizenship education to appropriately deal with racism and intolerance at the European level.

    Room Radetzky (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
  • Workshop 7: From national narratives to shared memories: Is a pan-European memory possible?

    Memories and the political discourse on history and the past are a dangerous game and can disrupt not only the fabric of societies, but also spark international conflicts. How can the perspectives of ‘Others’ be incorporated into a country’s national history? Is there a European standard for dealing with ‘history’? Where does action still need to be taken? The workshop is going to develop basic hypotheses and make recommendations for further citizenship education projects.

    Room China (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
  • Workshop 8: The role of conflicts and power structures in citizenship education

    Democracy is not a legal vaccum – political power is the reflection of tense relationships between the executive power and citizens’ will, which demands active participation and co-consultation in existing power structures. This workshop elaborates on the role of conflict in concepts and practices of democracy and citizenship. It critically reflects on contexts of formal and non-formal citizenship education. Do we need to critically examine the established concepts of learning democracy in schools and the dominant discourse on democracy and political participation? The workshop presents inputs and case studies in order to spark a debate with practitioners and experts of citizenship education.

    Room Napoleaon (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
  • Workshop 9: Enlightenment or propaganda tool? Conflicts and the role of the media

    Media of all kinds can heighten, prolong or help to solve conflicts. At the same time, state and non-state players alike are spending more and more resources on controlling media and the internet. How can citizenship educators assert themselves in this disputed field, how can they develop individual competences and impart these to citizens? Drawing on examples from selected countries, the workshop will highlight the opportunities, risks and potential instruments of citizenship education in dealing with digital and non-digital media.

    Hall (ground floor, Schloss Miller Aichholz)
  • Workshop 10: Citizenship education in conflict regions: challenges, options and dilemmas

    The civil war-like conflicts in Ukraine, the war in Syria and the violent escalation of the political conflicts in Egypt serve as exemplary demonstrations of intrastate conflicts turning virulent directly at the external borders of the EU. What role can citizenship education play in this alliance, in the countries concerned and in the member states of the EU? How can and should citizenship education and initiatives react to these conflicts, both in the member states of the EU itself and in the crisis-ridden countries? In this workshop, civil society representatives from Ukraine, Russia and Egypt will describe particular challenges and dilemmas they face in their work.

    Room Buchwieser (Schloss Miller Aichholz)
  • Workshop 11: Peace education and reconciliation work as twin fields of citizenship education?

    This workshop, which is organised by DARE (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe), will explore the interrelations of peace education and reconciliation work in Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC). It will map the field and various approaches, formulate common aims and try to establish links between educational fields, thus contributing to a better common understanding of our aims, missions and visions for a strong civil society.
04:30 pm
Coffee break – Project market – Networking
at Schloss Miller Aichholz

05:00-6:30 pm
Continuation of the parallel workshop sessions: Part II

Evening at free disposal

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Venue: plenary room (Tagungshaus)

09:00 am
World Café: Outcomes, perspectives and recommendations

11:30 am
Current conflicts in and around Europe and the future of European democracy: Recommendations and comments by

Introductory statement
Luuk van Middelaar, Philosopher and political advisor (the Netherlands)

Followed by a discussion with
Philipp Blom, Author (Austria)
Ivan Krastev, Centre for Liberal Strategies (Bulgaria)

Discussion with the audience and concluding remarks and
Farewell by the organisers

01:00 pm
Lunch break at the restaurant/ Orangerie

End of the conference

02:00 pm
Classical sightseeing tour (optional)

2:30 pm
Vienna Protest Path (optional)

Venue: seminar rooms 1 and 2 (Tagungshaus)
02:00 pm
Meeting of the NECE Focus Groups Part I
meetings of the focus groups “Exchange between Europa and North Africa” and “CLEAR: Concept Learning for Empowerment through Analysis and Reflection“ (members only)

04:00 pm
Coffee break

04:30 pm
Meeting of the NECE Focus Groups Part II
meetings of the focus groups “Exchange between Europa and North Africa” and “CLEAR: Concept Learning for Empowerment through Analysis and Reflection“ (members only)

06:00 pm
End of the NECE Focus Group meetings

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Venue: seminar room 1 (Tagungshaus)
09:30 am - 6:00 pm
Meeting of the NECE Focus Group “Exchange between Europe and North Africa” (Part III)



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