Conference Pre-Workshop: 'Them' and 'Us': Citizenship Education in an Interdependent World

In preparation for the NECE Conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, the NECE Initiative hosted the Preparatory Workshop "'Them' and 'Us': Citizenship Education in an Interdependent World" from 8 -10 June 2015 in Thessaloniki (Greece). A number of scholars, multipliers and civil society stakeholders from Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Poland, Spain, Slovenia, the Netherlands, were invited to discuss citizenship education in interdependent world. The participants discussed the question of how to reimagine and define the role of citizenship education in increasingly divided and polarized societies and the increasingly rigid notions of belonging and identity which are affecting the ability and the readiness for democratically solving conflicts on the international, European and national levels. They discussed how to create workshops at NECE conference 2015 for having a look into the cause and the implications of this phenomenon in three areas of special relevance for citizenship educators:
  • The impact of Europe’s economic and political division, which has triggered discourses fuelled by fears and dissociation in the core countries of the EU and populist movements in core countries as well as in the southern periphery of the EU.
  • The perception of a civilizational conflict between the ‘West’ and the ‘Islamic World’ which is leading to dangerous developments on both sides of the Mediterranean.
  • The repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the challenges for civil society in Eastern Europe and Russia to cope with situations of war and ideological regression and hatred within their societies.
The NECE Workshop provided an open exchange platform for discussing concepts, definitions or projects that tackle multiple aspects of and perspectives on the overall topic, which might be relevant at the NECE Conference in Thessaloniki 2015.

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8 – 10 June 2015

Conference Venue

Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki
Vasilissis Olgas 66
546 42 Thessaloniki (Greece)


Federal Agency for Civic Education/ bpb (Germany)

In co-operation with

Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs (Austria)
ProDemos (the Netherlands)
Civic Education Centre (Czech Republic)
Citizenship Education Centre (Poland)

University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Supported by

Robert Bosch Stiftung
Goethe Institut Thessaloniki (Greece)


lab concepts GmbH (Germany)
on behalf of Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb
Phone +49 (0) 30 252 932 56


Federal agency for Civic Education/bpb
Petra Grüne
Adenauerallee 86
53113 Bonn
Phone +49 (0) 228 99515-289


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