NECE

Wake up, you giant!


Jan-Werner Müller

The end of history will mean the end of great ideologies. This is what Francis Fukuyama proclaimed in his famous essay 'The End of History' after the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the consecutive disintegration of the Soviet Union. However, it would not be a happy end. Instead, it would feel more like a living museum. That Europe has by no means become a museum was the first, but maybe also the last reassuring message of today's first lecture by Jan-Werner Müller.

Friday: a preview


FOCUS GROUP: Hard-to-reach learners and youth


Who are ´Hard-to-reach learners´ (HTR)? A simple working definition may be: Educationally and/or socially and/or economically disadvantaged people who are often forgotten by the mainstream of citizenship education or left behind in schools or other educational facilities. Some community groups may move in and out of a state of being hard-to-reach as their social circumstances change. The Hard-to-reach Focus Group explored the concept of being hard-to-reach in the context of citizenship education.

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.

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.

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