Workshop moderators

Max Behrendt is a student of the Social Sciences Bachelor programme at Humboldt University Berlin. His academic interests include participation and deliberation, democratisation and conflict studies. In October 2012, he started working as a dialogue moderator for the project “Dialog Macht Schule” in schools in socially disadvantaged areas in Berlin. In the context of the project, he supports the project by offering workshops for the new generation of dialogue moderates. Moreover, he has also conducted workshops based on the dialogue method for groups of adults.

Ondřej Matějka is a historian and political scientist. He is First Deputy Director of The Institute for the Study of the Totalitarian Regimes in the Czech Republic. For sixteen years, he used to be director of the non-profit organisation “Antikomplex”, which is dedicated to encouraging critical reflection on history, especially German history of the Czech countries. In 2009, he established the Civic Education Centre at the Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic), which is attempting to launch citizenship education in the Czech Republic. He also teaches at Charles University in Prague.

Caroline Hornstein-Tomić holds an M.A. in cultural anthropology and a doctoral degree in sociology from Goethe University / Frankfurt Main. She is senior research associate at Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences in Zagreb, assistant professor at the Chair for Anthropology at the Zagreb University, and research consultant for different IOs and NGOs. Her fields of interest cover migration and related policies, skilled and re-migration, knowledge and culture transfers, interethnic relations, gender and identity politics, and state building processes in SOE. Her current research project “Remigrations and transformations in post-socialist European regions” is funded by the ERSTE Foundation.

Alicja T. Pacewicz
 serves as co-director of the Centre for Citizenship Education, responsible for programmes and educational resources. She studied at the Central School of Commerce in Warsaw and Sociology at Warsaw University, earning an M.A. in Economy (thesis on economic and social aspects of advertising). She worked as a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and as a teacher trainer at the Centre for the Development of Educational Skills. Her main interests include citizenship education, teaching methods, project- and problem-based learning, ICT in education, school reform and teacher education. Alicja T. Pacewicz is author and editor of numerous publications and textbooks on civic education and innovative instruction methods. She has participated in expert groups in the areas of national school curriculum.

Petr Čáp is a civic education trainer, evaluator and researcher. Currently, he works as a Community-led local development adviser at the Czech Government's Agency for Social Inclusion. Formerly, he worked as a director of the Civic Education Centre at Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic). He is actively engaged in development of civic education programmes for public libraries in rural areas, postcolonial global citizenship education and popular education programmes with the Homeless Action Group.

Tomaž Pušnik is a researcher at the center for critical approach of Political Science, University of Ljubljana. His broader fields of research are political theory and political philosophy with focus on concepts of citizenship, citizenship education and EU policies. At the moment, he is working on two European projects, “Evening with Ombudsman”, dealing with awareness raising about fundamental rights of EU citizens, and “A partnership for youth: Towards new learning pathways for better employability of young active citizens”, which connects stakeholders in the field of education, youth and employment.

Marinko Banjac has been a teaching assistant in Political Theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana since 2007. He has held the position of a researcher at the same faculty since September 2009. His research interests include political theory, theories of citizenship as well as (im)migration, education and multiculturalism in the European Union. He has written several articles on these topics. He was one of the leading researchers on a major citizenship education project co-funded by the European Social Fund, entitled Citizen(ship) in a New Age. Currently, he is involved in the implementation of the LLP project (Jean Monnet Action (KA 1) - Information and Research Activities for "Learning EU at School") entitled “Engaging the Youth - Building the Future”.

Gemma Pörzgen is a German journalist in Berlin, specialised in foreign policy and Eastern Europe. She grew up in Moscow, studied Political Science in Munich and joined the German daily “Frankfurter Rundschau”. She became a foreign correspondent based in Belgrade and later covered Israel and the Palestinian territories for German newspapers. Gemma Pörzgen is co-founder of “Reporters Without Borders Germany” and serves today as board member. 

Louisa Slavkova is the executive director of Sofia Platform – bridging Europe and the Middle East – a democracy work organisation for the Arab countries in transformation to help them make use of the experience of Central and Eastern Europe in the years of transition to democracy. She was political adviser to the interim Bulgarian Minister of Environment in 2013. She served as an adviser of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Nickolay Mladenov (2010-2013), holding the advocacy and public diplomacy portfolio, focusing on Bulgaria’s role for countries in transition in the Middle East & North Africa and on the Balkans. She holds an M.A. in Political Science, History and English from the University of Cologne (Germany).

Ragnar Müller , director of Agora, is a political scientist, civic education expert and author. He teaches at universities and in the field of academic instruction. As board member of the NGO Pharos he is responsible for the International Democracy, Peace and Human Rights Education project D@dalos. In the framework of the DARE Network he edits the EDC/HRE Newsletter e-DARE and is in charge of the network's blog and website.