NECE

17.8.2010

Workshop Session on 30 September 2010

I. City and the Past: Cultural and Citizenship Education at the Interface of Remembrance Policy

The face of a city, as well as its changes, reflect the history and the influence of the consciousness of its inhabitants. Remembrance and identity can be described as a product of buildings, squares and monuments. Thus, to the same degree urban development and architecture become both tool and subject of remembrance and identity policy. They represent multi-levelled and changing narratives as well as individual and collective constructions of history: e.g. the Soviet war memorial in Tallinn, the Bridge of Mostar, the "Stadtschloss" in Berlin. How can cultural and citizenship education take up the interaction of urban history and citizens, thereby enhancing a modern way of discussing the past in cities characterised by their population´s mobility and heterogeneity?

Inputs:
Regina Bittner, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Germany)
David Heath, Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (UK)

Project Presentations:
  • "Plattenvereinigung": The project will construct a recycled building made of East and West German concrete plates coming partly from the Olympic Village in Munich and partly from a tower block of the PH12 type in Frankfurt/Oder. By way of recycling different components formerly visionary architectural structures can be combined with contemporary aspects of redeveloping cities.
    by Robert K. Huber, zukunftsgeraeusche (Germany)

  • "MNEMOTOPIAS": The project is the overlapping field of two different projects: "Mnemosyne – Theatre of Memories" which contests European cultures of remembrance and very often political theatre which acts both in textbooks as in public space; and aRs PUBLICae, the project that analyses art in public space in Croatia since 1960s.
    by Sonja Lebo, Association for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Research (Croatia)

  • "Sefer – stories about the Jews from our towns": The project is aimed at students and teachers from middle and high school for the purpose of discovering the diverse history and culture in their towns. Furthermore their findings shall encourage the local communities and authorities to play a more active role in this process.
    by Iga Kazimierczyk, Center for Citizenship Education (Poland)
Moderation:
Florian Wenzel, Center for Applied Policy Research (Germany)

Rapporteur:
Julia Lechler, Freelance Cultural Scientist (Germany)


II. Performing Arts and Culture in the City: New Fields of Action for Cultural and Citizenship Education

Whereas classical ways of political participation and debating are generally declining, apparently new ways of civic participation or of struggling for acceptance, space and resources are evolving particularly in cities. Some expressions of cultural activism are: guerrilla gardening, theatre interventions in public spaces, graffiti or fashion. They reflect political statements on the one hand and depict processes of appropriation on the other; due to their own type of aesthetics, they facilitate the evolvement of parallel urban spaces and alternative exclusivities. The workshop discussion will focus on the question how cultural and citizenship education can accompany these processes.

Inputs:
Gabriele Klein, University of Hamburg (Germany)
Katie Milestone, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

Project Presentation:
  • "Bubble the City": The aim of this project is to reinvent a new ritual of the places, which were "abandoned" by initiating a regular game. A non-formal dialogue between citizens is initiated, thereby encouraging people to participate actively and reflect upon the potential of public spaces in their city.
    by Julius Narkūnas, Laimikis.lt (Lithuania)

  • "The angel, the street and happiness": It is a high artistic project that is developed with the participation of more than twenty inhabitants of a certain neighbourhood in Amsterdam (Noord). The aim is to get citizens that are hardly ever in contact with theatre or other cultural events in contact with theatre by their own performance in their neighbourhood. The project is planned to take pace in several European cities in 2012.
    by Anne Rooschüz (Germany) & Andreas Bachmeir (The Netherlands)

  • "THE KNOT": The project is an urban micro-laboratory which creates the space for discussion on local problems, showing to local citizens different possibilities of using the public space, talking about development and organising workshops. The mobile platform for artistic presentation and production was travelling to Berlin, Warsaw and Bucharest in 2010. by Joanna Erbel (Poland)
Moderation:
Alicja Pacewicz, Center for Citizenship Education (Poland)

Rapporteur:
Lotte Haschke, University of Hamburg (Germany)


III. City and Social Entrepreneurship: Cultural and Citizenship Education in the Environment of Economy

This workshop will address the question which role social entrepreneurship may play in times of crisis and in which way individuals as well as cultural and political associations and foundations can act successfully as entrepreneurs. Especially in urban milieus, social entrepreneurs are facing social and cultural problems: self-administered computer training schools in the "Favelas" of Brazil, new fundraising strategies and the launching of ecologically oriented banks are examples of good practice. How can cultural and citizenship education accompany such initiatives and at the same time foster the link to democratic political action?

Inputs:
Lise Bisballe, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Roskilde University (Denmark)

Project Presentations:
  • "Ashoka Youth Venture's Changemaker City": The main aim of the project is to promote entrepreneurial and civic participation by fostering the integration of disadvantaged groups, creating cross-sectoral local support groups and developing life skills and cross-institutional capacity building including all civic stakeholders.
    by Dennis Hoenig-Ohnsorg, ASHOKA Deutschland gGmbH – Youth Venture (Germany)

  • "URBAN N.O.S.E. – Urban Network of Social Enterprises": The project provides nine social enterprise incubators, one for each partner city, according to a common model and thereby defines an European network. This URBACT II programme creates tools for specialising urban areas in social economy in order to strengthen and promote the role of Social Incubators as urban development facilitators.
    by Sergio Campanella, URBACT II Lead expert (Italy)
Moderation:
Barbara Gessler, European Economic and Social Committee (Belgium)

Rapporteur:
Janneke Sleijpen, Young Urban Achievers – YUA (the Netherlands)


IV. Good Governance and Politics in the City: Cultural and Citizenship Education Accompanying New Models of Participation

Urban politics and the further development of cities can be effective only if citizens take responsibility for the urban spaces they inhabit. Therefore transparent and democratic processes of decision-making are essential. Cities and urban communities can be – and many of them already are – excellent laboratories and breeding grounds for new kinds of interaction between citizens, stakeholders and the city´s administration. Participation becomes the leitmotif and strategy of good urban governance. How can cultural and citizenship education moderate the dialogue between often very disparate interests to foster participation of citizens in urban political processes and to implement innovative concepts of civic participation? How can acceptance and legitimation be promoted, and a closer link between political leadership and civic commitment be encouraged?

Inputs:
Krzysztof Herbst, Social Strategy for the year 2010, City of Warsaw (Poland)
Lena Langlet, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (Sweden)

Project Presentations:
  • "Supporting Participatory Budgeting Models": The project supports local governments and citizens to establish participatory budgeting and it promotes the discourse about different models and approaches of communal civic participation in a variety of German cities.
    by Sophia Rieck, Freelance Consultant (Germany)

  • "Expertising Governance for Transfrontier Conurbations – EGTC": The project encourages public exchange between local and EU stakeholders by connecting the public realm with citizens and mobilizing citizens beyond borders.
    by Christian Lamour, CEPS/INSTEAD (Luxembourg)

  • "BudgetMaker": In 2009 and 2010 the IPP developed a so-called BudgetMaker (www.begrotingswijzer.nl). With this online method of Participatory Budgeting, local governments have the opportunity to involve their citizens in the budgeting process.
    by Jan Dirk Gerritsen, Institute for Political Participation (the Netherlands)
Moderation:
Susanne Ulrich, Center for Applied Policy Research (Germany)

Rapporteur:
Maja Vujovic, Civic Initiatives (Serbia)


V. Between Gentrification and Social Cohesion: The Role of Cultural and Citizenship Education in Processes of Change

Ethnic and religious tensions as well as social polarisation increasingly shape the image of global cities. At the same time, they can be both dynamic stars in world economy and ethnic, religious or social battlegrounds. Populist and xenophobic voices can gain influence if social conflicts become ethnically and/or religiously tense. How can gentrification and segregation be tackled by urban development measures and how can social cohesion be enhanced? How can citizens participate in these processes and in the development of their cities and quarters? What is the role of cultural and citizenship education in raising civic awareness as well as participation?

Inputs:
Naseem Akhtar, Balsall Heath Forum (UK)
Frank Eckardt, Bauhaus University Weimar (Germany)

Project Presentations:
  • "Raval Communitari" and Project "08001": The first is a programme conducted by the All Raval Foundation to strengthen the associative network in social, cultural, economic and commercial fields in the Raval district of Barcelona working in a transverse way. The goal of the documentary "08001" is to give a kind of snapshot of people´s lives in this neighbourhood by observing daily situations in this multifaceted district of Barcelona through the camera.
    by Nuria Paricio, Director All Raval Foundation (Spain) & Christian Plähn, Director of the Documentary "08001" (Germany)

  • "Becoming Citizens – Engagement of young and senior citizens": The project established a new approach of civic involvement by building cross-generational partnerships at local community level between middle and high school pupils, on the one hand, and senior citizens, on the other hand, in order to address the most significant community issues.
    by Ana Claudia Leu, Project Coordinator, Euroregional Center for Democracy (Romania)
Moderation:
Jonas Büchel, bb2/city culture & communication (Latvia)

Rapporteur:
Katharina Ludwig, Freelance Journalist (Germany)


VI. Living in Green Cities: The Significance of Cultural and Citizenship Education for Sustainable Urban Development

Climate change and resource scarcity are challenges that affect particularly cities and conurbations. Cities and local governments have a great potential to tackle the causes of climate change and to develop solutions for the protection of environment and climate. The UN Decade "Education for Sustainable Development" points out the significance of education in this context. The workshop will focus on the role that awareness raising, participation and civic engagement can play regarding the implementation of sustainable urban development; and what cultural and citizenship education can contribute to this process.

Inputs:
Eric van der Kooij, City of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Manfred Wirtitsch, The Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (Austria)

Project Presentations:
  • YPAC – Youth Parliament of Alpine Convention: The project aims to provide opportunities for students to discuss and decide on issues, which concern the Alpine Region, in a parliamentary simulation. The results of the Students´ Parliament are handed on to the committees of the Alpine Convention. It is an event for students by students enabling them to create their own opinions without influences from teachers or other adults.
    by Irmgard Senhofer, Moritz Schwarz & Federica Waldenberger, Academic Gymnasium Innsbruck (Austria)

  • "Make the link – Climate exChange": The project wants to increase awareness of the links between climate change, poverty and child rights. It brings together young people in carbon consuming EU countries (UK, Netherlands, Bulgaria) and young people from the south (Malawi, Senegal, Kenya) to generate learning and action in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation at the local and global level.
    by Veronica Persson, Citizenship Foundation (UK)

  • "htl donaustadt": The main focus of many projects at "htl donaustadt" is sustainability. It is a secondary technical and vocational college, which educates and train young people to meet Challenges as environmental awareness and protection. "htl donaustadt" organises every year a so-called "Night of Sustainability", where one can participate in discussions and several workshops about environmental subjects."
    by Gerhard Lindner, Rahul Sharaf & Natalie Strohmayer, htl donaustadt (Austria)

Moderation:
Manfred Wirtitsch, The Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (Austria)

Rapporteur:
Louisa Slavkova, Freelance Consultant (Germany)


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