NECE 2016 – Networking European Citizenship Education – Conference
"Crossing Borders. Migration and Citizenship Education in Europe" / 10-12 November 2016, Zagreb, Croatia (Lisinski Concert Hall)
Against the background of a global "refugee crisis" deeply affecting the state of the European Union and its neighbours, NECE 2016 aimed at two areas: Firstly, we have looked at the ongoing European response to the issue of migration including the divisions within and between European societies. Secondly the conference discussed how citizenship education should react to the polarising debate and the controversies about migration, diversity and identity which have been triggered by migration movements and an unprecedented series of terrorist attacks in the past 18 months
According to political scientist Ivan Krastev, there is a clear danger that the "migrants’ revolution" will radically change European politics and the world view of many on the continent towards exclusion and closure. The refugee crisis seems to re-open the gap between the East and the West in Europe and between those who see cosmopolitan values as a threat and those who are struggling to defend these as the core of a new European identity.
In order to successfully participate in this debate and add new perspectives, NECE 2016 suggested to focus on three questions of fundamental relevance for citizenship educators:
- How do we assess the uncertainties and changes brought about by migration and a "world without borders" over the past decades?
- What kind of competencies, tools and/or projects do we need to deal with fears about migration and the ‘other’ and how should citizenship education look like e in diverse societies?
- And against the background of the crisis of Europe and the European Union: What should be our vision for the future of Europe, its values and its political constitution?
- An intellectual think tank involving a broad variety of international experts with different and controversial perspectives.
- A European and international platform for stakeholders of civil society, scholars and citizenship educators.
- A show case for good projects and a starting point for new ideas, concepts of citizenship education and transnational projects across Europe, its Eastern neighbours and countries of North Africa.
Participants were invited to actively prepare and invest in the conference.
A spotlight on Croatia and the state of citizenship education and ‘field trips’ to Croatian initiatives and organisations working on citizenship and migration provided background information about this years’ conference location.
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NECE 2016 Aftermovie
Impressions from the NECE 2016 conference in Zagreb, Croatia
NECE conference report 2016
Conference report by Christoph Müller-Hofstede
Article by Noha El-Mikawy
Conference Programme (short version)
Dossier of biographies
Welcome speech by Thomas Krüger
Keynotes & presentations
Keynote by David Goodhart
Keynote by David Kerr
Keynote by Michalis Kakos
Abstract for Roundable Discussion by David Goodhart
Abstract for Roundtable Discussion by Antonija Petricusic
Abstract for Roundtable Discussion by Jan Schneider
Presentation of Scenarios
Presentation of Oliver Gnad
Scenario Participants List
List of participants
Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany)
ProDemos (the Netherlands)
Federal Ministry of Education (Austria)
In co-operation with
Civic Education Centre (Czech Republic)
Citizenship Education Centre (Poland)
DARE Network (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe)
University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Social Sciences (Slovenia)
Erste Stiftung (Austria)
Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany)
Partner of the NECE conference 2016 are
Centre for Peace Studies (Croatia)
Goethe-Institut Kroatien (Croatia)
Knowledge at Work Foundation (Croatia)
labconcepts GmbH (Germany)
on behalf of Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb
Phone +49 (0)30 259 429-10
Federal Agency for Civic Education
Phone +49 (0)228 99515-289
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NECE Magazine 2016
The NECE Magazine brings you up to date on citizenship education in Europe and its neighboring countries.
NECE Blog 2016
Keeping up the tradition, NECE is running a conference blog. The blog will not only provide live documentation of the Zagreb conference but will help you familiarise with the upcoming conference beforehand.
Interview with Alicja Pacewicz
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