NECE Conference 2019, 24 - 27 October, Glasgow

Technology Innovation Center (TIC), Strathclyde University

Registration is open now! Please register here.
Glasgow (© Giuseppe Milo)

Set against the ongoing Brexit drama, NECE 2019 looks at the growing rifts and inequalities in Europe and its neighbouring regions that are at the heart of the political crises in many democracies. They are "tearing apart the fabric of our societies; (...) bringing new anxieties and new anger to our people, and new passions to our politics." (Paul Collier). This is particular noticeable in the United Kingdom (including Scotland and Glasgow) where - according to a UN report - a fifth of the population, 14 million people, live in poverty. (See Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights)

NECE 2019 is proposing to discuss how the many forms of inequality - class, income, gender, race, ethnic origin, talent and geography - are affecting the rights of citizenship in our societies - in other words inclusion and exclusion in society, participation or non-participation in politics, and last but not least individual opportunities in life. Our aim is to explore the socio-economic, political, educational and cultural dimensions of inequalities and their impact on approaches and practices of citizenship education in schools and in civil society. One fundamental question will be how citizenship education as a profession can learn to deal with the effects that inequality and poverty have on the lives of young people and citizens living on the margins of society.

We also propose to start a conversation on how we as citizenship educators can better deal with the background of economic, financial and technological trends that are shaping our lives and affecting citizens and their status and prospects in society and politics. Is it "the economy, stupid" or the "stupid economy"?

Last but not least, as the effects of climate change and global warming have been triggering deep societal concerns and new citizens' movements – such as the transnational "Fridays for Future" school strikes - NECE 2019 will look at the ever more important global dimension of inequality. We will ask how approaches to globalise citizenship education may play a bigger role in the future.

Glasgow will be an ideal city to host a conference on inequalities and citizenship education. With its heritage of industrialisation, post-industrial decline and social movements it provides an opportunity to learn about the still existing evidence of extreme inequalities and poverty in the city. At the same time, a vibrant and active civil, tech and cultural scene is waiting for us to be explored. Last but not least a great number of initiatives and education experts are looking forward to presenting their work and to be part of NECE in October. Darren McGarvey, a rapper from Glasgow and author of "Poverty Safari; Understanding the Anger of the British Underclass", will open the conference with a critical examination of narratives that surround poverty and social deprivation. Other initiatives and speakers from Glasgow, Scotland and the UK are looking forward to be to be part of NECE in October. A Call for Papers and Projects will be out at the end of April. Attendance is free; including coffee breaks and meals.


Your chance to get involved

Market place of European models and good practice projects in citizenship education
We invite you to present your organisation and your projects during the conference! Up to fifteen organisations will have the possibility to present themselves in the project market of European models and good practice projects in citizenship education. Please find PDF-Icon here the terms and conditions for participation in the project market. You can apply by filling in the project market application in the general conference registration tool.

Call for Projects
NECE 2019 is offering the opportunity to contribute to our conference programme by presenting projects about inequalities and citizenship education at the NECE Conference 2019 in Glasgow, UK. Please find PDF-Icon here more information and the terms and conditions. Please submit your proposal or project idea by using the online-factsheet. The deadline for the submission is 15 July 2019. The selection of projects will be concluded by 31 July 2019.

More information on topics and logistics will be available soon here and on as well as via #NECE 2019

For a number of centrally located hotels in Glasgow please consult the PDF-Icon hotel suggestions.

Contact Conference Management

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Christoph Müller-Hofstede (NECE Coordination)
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53113 Bonn

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NECE Newsletter 02/2019

Useful information ahead of the EU elections on
Going to the polls can make a difference, as Brexit and other electoral shocks have shown. Elections do matter! Read more about it here.

Interview with Sarah de Lange
Our new Advisory Board member, Sarah de Lange, introduces herself to NECE. Read the interview here.

NECE Conference 2018: Brave new Worlds?! The Future of Democracy and Citizenship Education
6 - 9 September 2018, Marseille (France)
Conference documentation available here.

Lorenzo Marsili on the parliamentary elections in Italy
NECE asked Lorenzo Marsili in what way the results of the parliamentary elections in Italy fit in Europe’s current political landscape. Read the comment here.

bpb statement to the Public consultation on EU funds in the area of values and mobility
The consultation took place as part of the preparations for the Multiannual Financial Framework which will define and shape the EU Budget after 2020. Click here for the PDF-Icon statement and the PDF-Icon questionnaire.

DARE (Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe) Mini-conference on Populism and Democratic Resilience
14 June 2018 in Nafplio, Greece
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25th EUROCLIO Annual Conference and Professional Training and Development Course: Mediterranean Dialogue
April 21-26 2018 in Marseille
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Eurydice Brief: Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017
In an age where the importance of citizenship education is becoming apparent to deal with the current threats to fundamental European values, many countries are implementing changes in their national policies. Read more here

NAME CHANGE: “Hard to Reach” Focus Group now “All-in network” - Your chance to get involved!
Labelling learners as “Hard to Reach” immediately suggests that the problem lies with the learner rather than the educational system.
Find out more

MAPPING TRANSITION IN EASTERN EUROPE: Experience of Change after the End of Communism, edited by Louisa Slavkova
Click here for the publication

Civic Education in Eastern Europe - bpb publishes collection of essays as free e-book
The publication is available in English and Russian language.