Monday, 15 April 2013

Conference: Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education - London, 28 June 2013

International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship (a joint centre of Birkbeck, University of London and Institute of Education, University of London) invites you to contribute to its 7th annual conference:

Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education
Friday 28 June 2013 at Birkbeck, University of London,
Malet St, London WC1E 7HX

Conference Website:

Our 7th annual international conference responds to the UN General Assembly’s Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (UNDHRET) of 19 December 2011 as well as the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (2010).
Our conference is a meeting place for academics, including master’s and doctoral students, education policymakers and practitioners, and civil society activists from across Europe and the wider world. We welcome research papers and poster presentations addressing citizenship learning from sociology, education, politics and other relevant disciplines, as well as case studies from NGOs and campaigns.

Keynote plenary sessions: 
- Ann Phoenix, Professor and Co-Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit, IOE
- Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway
- A panel of distinguished commentators

Human rights principles underpin and inform understandings of citizenship. The UN definition of human rights education and training relates to citizenship education as: providing knowledge and understanding of human rights norms and principles, the values that underpin them and the mechanisms for their protection; learning and teaching in a way that respects the rights of both educators and learners; empowering persons to enjoy and exercise their rights and to respect and uphold the rights of others. Contributions should refer to one or more of these dimensions.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words including name, institutional affiliation and contact email should be sent, no later than Monday 22 April 2013 to: Professor Hugh Starkey . All abstracts will be peer reviewed by members of the ICEDC steering group. Please indicate whether you would prefer to give an oral or a poster presentation.

Proposals for several contributions on a common theme (symposium) are welcome. Please include details of each contribution and the name of the symposium convenor. A symposium should normally have four or five contributors. As in previous years, we will hope to select papers for publication in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.
Conference rates
- Standard rate - £95
- Early bird rate before 31 May - £75
- Concession and students - £35 (Concession available to members of IOE and BBK staff, NGOS, students, unwaged)