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2017

Expert Workshop: "Fragility and Resilience of Democracies in Europe. Where now for Citizenship Education and Civil Societies?"

5.9.2017
This workshop is to discuss and reflect on the causes and impacts of the current crises of democracies, in particular the trends towards illiberal democracies in the eastern member states of the EU and electoral "revolts" which took place in the US and the UK in 2016.

We will focus on the following questions:
  • Which are the long-term trends behind the symptoms of crisis in the "West" and the authoritarian developments in the "East"? How are both trends connected and related with each other?
  • What are the new lines of conflict: Is this primarily about cultural or social/economic issues?
  • And how should civic education and civil societies react to these new challenges in an effective way? How can dialogues beyond the progressive mainstream be organised?
The workshop brings together NECE partners and European experts, intellectuals, and practitioners, among them Ivan Krastev, Karolina Wigura, Jan Sowa, Niccolò Milanese, Boris Jokic and Wolfgang Merkel. The diversity of perspectives and backgrounds will serve to shape a transnational agenda for civic educators and civil society in times of crises and uncertainty.

Conclusions and papers of the workshop will be published on the NECE website and be part of the preparations for the next NECE conference in Marseille in September 2018.

The workshop will take place at the Europejskie Centrum Solidarności (European Solidarity Center). The ECS is a cultural institution and museum that commemorates the revolution of Solidarity and the fall of communism in Europe, but it is also an educational, research and academic centre, an archive, library and multimedia library. Last but not least, it is a public meeting space for citizens who feel responsible for the development of democracy: a place where solidarity and citizenship are put into practice.

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Podcast: "Illiberal Democracy? Poland in a Comparative Perspective"

Date
12 - 14 November 2017

Workshop venue
Europejskie Centrum Solidarnosci (European Solidarity Center)
pI. Solidarności 1
80-863 Gdańsk (Poland)

Contact
labconcepts GmbH (Germany)
on behalf of Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb
nece-gdansk2017@labconcepts.de

Contact/bpb
Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb
Christoph Müller-Hofstede
Adenauerallee 86
53113 Bonn
Germany
christoph.mueller-hofstede@bpb.de



 

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