Doing nothing is not an option: Europe needs to get involved!


Jan-Werner Müller on the capacity and responsibility of Europe to assume its position as a relevant international player in tackling the dangers of populism and crises, such as in the Middle East and Ukraine.

 

Different lenses and lessons from the past


Philipp Blom

In today's second keynote Philipp Blom, author, journalist and historian, began by asserting that certainly things have changed for the better in Europe since the end of the Second World War. The question, he asked, is whether they have changed because we actually learned from history.

Common points of reference for a European framework of remembrance


Aleida Assmann, professor at the Universtiy of Konstanz, about different cultures of remembrance, mental maps and the usefulness of a common European framework for remembrance and commemoration.

Do you remember?


In the very first keynote of this year's NECE conference, renowned social scientist and professor at the University of Konstanz, Aleida Assmann, chose to address the issue of a common European culture of remembrance. Taking the year 2014 as her starting point, Assmann began by questioning a common criticism, which holds that commemoration is a rather artificial concept, forced upon a society to serve an, often political, purpose of the present. For being an artificial concept, Assmann argued, the resonance has been "pretty impressive".

Citizenship educators should be urged to tackle today's conflicts!


Christoph Müller-Hofstede, initiator and organizer of the NECE conference talks about what is special about the year 2014, why citizenship educators are urged to talk about conflicts and what he is most excited about in the programme of the coming days.

Don't brush conflicts unter the rug! Petra Grüne on the importance of talking things out.


Petra Grüne, NECE initiator, about what has changed over the last 10 years, why it is both a good and a bad thing that there are more than 40 nationalities involved in the conference this year and why we should talk about our crises, instead of trying to brush them aside.

MinR Mag. Manfred Wirtitsch on learning from history to deal with the future


Manfred Wirtitsch from the Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs in Austria on why history should always guide us while making decisions for the future, his expectations for this year's NECE and why Vienna is the perfect city to host the conference.

NECE means diversity!


Sigrid Steininger, Austrian coordinator for the Council of Europe's 'Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights' programme, talks about the advantages of an informal networking conference and her expectations for this year's edition of NECE.