10 Years of NECE: Has it been that long already?


2014 is a European year: One hundred years after the outbreak of the First World War, seventyfive years after the beginning of WWII, a quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Europe has come a long way in its rather short history. In a lot of respects, we are standing at a crossroads as we speak. Not only since the financial crisis shocked the world economy in 2008 has the European project been called into question, time and time again. Both outside and inside the European Union, conflicts - whether financial, political, or even military - are the rule, rather than the exception. Accordingly, citizenship education and the role it needs to play in peacfully solving conflicts in accordance with our democratic principles, is now more important than ever. 

Happy birthday, NECE!

There is another anniversary to be celebrated this year, however. 10 years of NECE! For the tenth time in a row, the annual conference on all matters European will take place in Vienna's beautiful Europahaus this year. Over the course of three days, starting October 16th, participants will again have the opportunity to listen to exciting keynotes by some of Europe's most reknowned experts, such as Aleida Assmann, Ivan Krastev, or Luuk van Middelaar, as well as to engage in challenging debates and discussions in a vast variety of workshops.

Let's talk it out

This year's conference will focus on some of the most pressing issues Europe is facing today, in particular against the background of its history of war and conflict in the 20th century - continuing, as the current crisis in Ukraine reminds us, well into the 21st. Dealing collectively with matters of immigration and the issue of European borders, as well as increasing fear of and support for populistic currents in a large number of European countries, xenophobic sentiments and a general loss of trust among the European public in the European project itself, constitute the core set of issues at stake this year.

For more information, make sure to take a look at this year's programme.

We've got you covered

This blog is intended to serve as the primary source of information for all those who cannot make it to this year's conference. Also, those of you who are lucky enough to be part of NECE 2014, but are worried that you won't be able to stay up to date with what is going on in all those workshops and keynotes you won't be able to take part in yourself: don't worry, we've got you covered!

We will be stuffing this blog with information, updates, interviews, sneak-peeks and first-hand insights into the various workshops and events. We will be talking to experts, listening to talks and debates and capture the vibe of the conference.

To those of you coming to Vienna this year: see you there! To everybody out there following our blog: see you here!

We are excited!

 

For more information on NECE 2014:

The official announcement on the German Federal Agency for Civic Education's homepage

Topic: 
Citizenship Education
Category: 
News
Conference Day: 
Wednesday

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