Conference moderators:
Almut Möller, German Council on Foreign Relations (Germany)
Susanne Ulrich, Center for Applied Policy Research (Germany)

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

5:00 pm
Registration & Welcome coffee & Project market open to everybody at the Palacio de Congresos de Córdoba

6:00 pm
Opening and welcome

PDF-Icon Thomas Krüger, Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany)
PDF-Icon Kars Veling, ProDemos (the Netherlands)

PDF-Icon Bernardino León, EU Special Representative for the Southern Mediterranean Region (Belgium)

The crisis of the European project and the transformation in North Africa: Perspectives for democracy and citizenship education

PDF-Icon Noha El-Mikawy, Ford Foundation (Egypt)
PDF-Icon Claus Leggewie, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Germany)


8:15 pm
Meet at Palacio de Congresos de Córdoba and walk to Casa Árabe

8:30 pm
Reception at Casa Árabe

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Parallel to the conference programme a project market of models and projects in citizenship and human rights education & networking is offered.

9:30 am
Presentation of "NECE – Networking European Citizenship Education"

Introduced by
Petra Grüne, Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany)
Tatjana Meijvogel-Volk, ProDemos (the Netherlands)
Manfred Wirtitsch, Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (Austria)

9:45 am
Dialogues on a new Euro-Mediterranean context (Part 1)

Mutual perceptions and narratives in Mediterranean dialogue and their influence on recent developments
PDF-Icon Bekim Agai, University Bonn (Germany)
Driss Maghraoui, Al Akhawayn University Ifrane (Morocco)

11:00 am
Coffee break

11:30 am
Dialogues on a new Euro-Mediterranean context (Part 2)

1989 - 2012: How to rethink protest and participation in times of transition
Ahmed Driss, Centre of Mediterranean and International Studies (Tunisia)
Julian Popov, Bulgarian School of Politics (Bulgaria)

Power, fear and empathy: Emotions in politics and educational processes
PDF-Icon Nelly Corbel, The American University in Cairo (Egypt)
Fernando Vallespín, Instituto Universitario José Ortega y Gasset (Spain)

1:30 pm
Lunch Snack

3:00 pm
Parallel forums on topics of citizenship education (3:00 - 4:30 pm & 5:00 - 6:30 pm)
In each forum, brief expert statements provide an overview of the particular topic from a European and a North African perspective. The aim of the forum sessions is to learn about challenges in different political and social contexts and their impact on citizenship education. The sessions will rerun after 90 minutes. 4.30 pm
Coffee break

5:00 pm
Rerun of the parallel forums

6:30 pm
Tapas Reception

7:30 pm
Screening of the documentary film OUT OF CÓRDOBA
directed by Jacob Bender and produced by Mr. Bender and MLK Producciones of Malaga (Spain) that explores some of the most vexing questions of our time: Is there a “clash of civilizations” between the West and the Islamic world? Are Jews and Muslims eternal enemies, incapable of peaceful coexistence? Does religious faith lead inevitably to xenophobia and violence? OUT OF CÓRDOBA confronts these issues through an exploration of the lives and writings of the two most important thinkers to emerge from medieval Muslim Spain: Averroes the Muslim, and his Jewish counterpart, Rabbi Moses Maimonides. The 82-minute film explores the legacy of these two philosophers, as well as their contemporary importance for interfaith relations, and especially for Muslims, Jews, and Christians struggling against religious extremism.

Friday, 23 November 2012

9:30 am
Introduction of the day by Susanne Ulrich, Center for Applied Policy Research (Germany)

Presentation of the Fellowship Programme "Shaping Europe – Civic Education in Action"

Introduced by
Markus Lux, Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany)
Christiane Toyka-Seid, Programme Manager (Germany)

Networking of African communities in Europe
Input by Abdou-Rahime Diallo, African Diaspora Policy Centre (the Netherlands)

10:00 am
Presentation of the EU Study "Participatory Citizenship in the European Union": Policy recommendations and their relevance for citizenship education

Bryony Hoskins, University of Southampton (UK)


11:00 am
Parallel forums on citizenship education in practice (11:00 am - 1:00 pm & 2:30 - 4:30 pm)

In this session practical aspects of citizenship education will be discussed and good practice projects and transnational models of cooperation will be presented.
1:00 pm
Lunch at your free disposal

2:30 pm

Rerun of the parallel forums

2:30 pm
NECE – Focus Groups (Part 1)

4:30 pm
Coffee break & networking

Evening at your free disposal

Saturday, 24 November 2012

9:30 am
Introduction of the day by Almut Möller, German Council on Foreign Relations (Germany) & Susanne Ulrich, Center for Applied Policy Research (Germany)

9:45 am
Summary and Conclusions
Recommendations for citizenship education

PDF-Icon Benjamin Barber, Political Theorist (USA)

10:30 am
Parallel Open Forums (10:30 am – 12.00 pm)
  1. Continuation of the NECE – Focus Groups (Part 2)
    • Intercultural Glossary Project
    • Vote Match Europe
    • Exchange between Europe and North Africa
    • Hard to reach learners and youth
  2. NECE Partners
    1. How to turn times of change into times of new citizenship?
      Some difficult experiences from a post-Communist country
    2. Dialogue at school - Citizenship Education for young people in a migration society
    3. Various project presentations by the Alumni of the “Shaping Europe - Civic Education in Action” fellowship programme
    4. Brave Muslims finally fighting for Western democracy?
      Reflections of the Arab Spring in European media
    5. Young People Re-Inventing Democracy
  3. Consultation Panels
  1. Fundraising and resource acquisition in citizenship education with regard to the EU programmes
    Mirka Ľachká, European Contact Point (Slovakia)
  2. EU Funding of exchange projects with North Africa
    Maram Hassan Anbar, Freelance Consultant and Trainer (Spain)
12:00 pm
Closing session: Conclusions and outlook

Benjamin Barber, Political Theorist (USA)
Ahmed Driss, Centre of Mediterranean and International Studies (Tunisia)
Noha El-Mikawy, Ford Foundation (Egypt)

1:00 pm
Farewell and invitation to the NECE Conference The Hague 2013

1:30 pm
Lunch snack

3:00 pm
Cultural Programme at your free disposal


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