The enlargement of the European Union in 2004 and the transformations in Eastern Europe are additionally pushing the acceleration and the diffusion of nationalist and populist discourses. These issues pose a great challenge to citizenship education, as to describe the new balance of power and the effects on political participation and democracy as well as to present models of communication and debate within schools and adult education.
The 4th European conference of the NECE-Network (Networking European Citizenship Education; www.bpb.de/nece) is addressing these new and complicated issues. The conference is titled “Citizenship education facing nationalism and populism: Strategies - Competences - Practices” and takes place in Sofia, Bulgaria, from November 6-8, 2008.
The conference will invite practitioners and experts from all over Europe to exchange interpretations and experiences of nationalism and populism in their respective countries. Nationalist and populist currents are a pan-European problem and therefore have to be discussed in a new and multilateral fashion.