Networking European Citizenship Education

The conference provides a platform for practitioners and experts from citizenship education and from the social and political sciences to exchange interpretations and experiences of nationalism and populism. In five forums the participants have the opportunity to address and discuss questions connecting research into their causes with practices in curricular and extracurricular citizenship education.
The conference programme included:
"Citizenship education facing nationalism and populism in old and new Europe" with the participation of:
Aleida Assmann, University of Constance (Germany)
Ivan Krastev, Centre for Liberal Strategies (Bulgaria)
Selma Muhic-Dizdarevic, Charles University (Czech Republic)
Daliborka Uljarevic, Center for Civic Education (Montenegro)

Nationalism and Populism in Europe:
Strategies - Competencies - Practice of Citizenship Education in the Fields of
  • Media Literacy
  • Politics of Memory
  • Minority and Diversity Issues
  • Curriculum Development and Schoolbooks
  • East-West Concepts and Perspectives on Nationalism in the Light of the EU Integration
Discussion round
Citizenship Education Facing Nationalism and Populism -
Reports from the Forums and Future Scenarios
Geert Mak, historian and publicist (Netherlands)
Discussion round
"The Future of Remembrance: European Cultural Memory Caught
Between Nationalism and Populism"
Final Speech
Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Former President of the Republic of Poland

One of the primary aims of the forums is to make clear how multi-layered this European issue is. Another goal is to scrutinise and readjust current citizenship education strategies and competencies. These have acquired fresh importance - especially in terms of understanding and participation in democracy - in 2009, a year of European elections.
Conference organizers:
Federal Agency for Civic Education (Germany)
Fonds Remembrance and Future (Germany)
Goethe Institute Bulgaria
Federal Ministry for Education, Culture and the Arts (Austria)
In cooperation with:
Center for Liberal Strategies (Bulgaria)
Allianz Cultural Foundation (Germany)
Center for Citizenship Education (Poland)
Centre for Civic Education (Montenegro)

Period: 6 November 2008 - 8 November 2008