Friday, 25 July 2014

NECE Conference 16-18 October 2014 in Vienna - Online registration!

1914-2014: Lessons from History? Citizenship Education and Conflict Management

we would like to invite you to participate in our Networking European Citizenship Education - Conference (NECE) on 16-18 October in Vienna (Austria).

One hundred years after the start of the First World War, that 'great seminal catastrophe of the 20th century' (George F. Kennan), the NECE initiative is organising its annual conference in Vienna. At the focus of the conference will be the current crises and conflicts inside and outside Europe. Internationally renowned experts, such as Aleida Assmann, Robert Menasse and Ivan Krastev have alre ady confirmed their participation and will enter into a dialogue with the participants.

Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Austria, will open the conference on 17 October.
The 2014 NECE Conference will address challenges in Europe against the background of its history of war and conflict in the 20th century. It will ask how citizenship education can deal with the great variety of conflicts in and around Europe today. These include conflicts at Europe’s periphery (Syria, Ukraine, Egypt) and the influx of refugees at the shores of the Mediterranean. Inside Europe political and social conflicts in the wake of the economic crisis have led to a serious loss of trust into the European project. The results of the 2014 European elections have given rise to fears that the populist earthquakes in France, the United Kingdom and other countries will have an impact on the European Union's future agenda. The implicit consensus that, for a long time, shaped the citizens’ attitude towards 'Europe' is fundamentally called into question. Nationalistic and xenophobic resentments represent a risk for Europe's democratic constit ution. The economic crisis has turned into a political one.

The 2014 NECE Conference offers a platform for pursuing current issues in citizenship education in Europe: Are our current patterns of thinking and discourse still appropriate for dealing with the particular challenges and crises of the European democracies today? Workshops will deal, among other aspects, with the following questions:

How can new arguments and methods for dealing with the populist currents in Europe be developed?
What citizenship education instruments can be utilized for managing and solving conflicts? What role can dialogic approaches and attitudes play? Are there limits to intervention, for instance, in the Syrian civil war, in the Ukraine or in Egypt?

What are the tasks of citizenship education in terms of analysing power structures and fostering the participation of citizens? How much controversy can citizenship education bear?

How can we develop formats for handling conflicts, diversity and democracy as an ‘institutionalized uncertainty’ (Jan Werner Müller)?

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of NECE, past NECE activities will be presented in a small exhibition during the conference. Additionally, a project market will be provided in order to present good practice projects in citizenship education. As a tribute to the conference venue we will offer a Waltz dancing lesson for everyone before we will start the discussions.

Conference language is English (without simultaneous translation).
For further information and the current draft programme, please check our website regularly.

There is no conference fee.
The organisers do not cover travel and accommodation costs.
Places are limited!

Information at a glance

NECE-Conference 2014

Date: 16 to 18 October 2014
Conference venue: Europahaus, Linzer Straße 429, Vienna

Register here:

Please contact for content related questions:
Petra Grüne

Christoph Müller-Hofstede

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the conference management at:
lab concepts
the Laboratory for Conception and Realisation
for Politics, Education and Culture GmbH
Friedrichstrasse 206
10969 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0) 30 / 252 932 56
Fax: +49 (0) 30 / 252 932 61

We are looking forward to welcome you in Vienna!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Call for applications 'Prejudice, Genocide, Remembrance' Summer School (Budapest, 25-29 August 2014)

Budapest, 25 – 29 August 2014

The Tom Lantos Institute (Budapest), the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Education and Psychology (Budapest), and CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe (Brussels) are organizing a European Summer School, on “Prejudice, Genocide, Remembrance” for civil servants, educators, journalists, and civil society representatives.

The Summer School combines substantive education with skills training. It employs a multidisciplinary approach that complements Holocaust education with human rights training. In its methodology it combines collective-memory workshops with the discussion of relevant cases of human rights violations and the teaching of skills to prevent and counter these violations. The principle goal of this training is to develop understanding of the ways collective memories of traumatic past events shape inter-community relations in the present. Furthermore, the training situates prejudice and genocide in the context of human rights and democratic values.

In Central and Eastern Europe one reason for the spread of anti-Semitism and anti-Romani racism is the weak socialisation of democratic values and human rights in the midst of civil society. The Summer School teaches human rights norms and skills to become active in preventing and countering racism and to promote respect for the rights of ethnic and religious minorities.

The Summer School is supported by the Civil Fund-2014 of the Holocaust Memorial Year in Hungary and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Trainings and lectures include:
• Prejudices: then and now
• The Holocaust and the Roma genocide
• Anti-discrimination: countering anti-Semitism and racism against Roma
• After genocide: collective memory and reconciliation
• Minority rights including Roma rights
• Examples of collective memory
• Human rights education, holocaust education, education on anti-Semitism
• Human rights, minority rights and public policies
• Human rights in the media

For more information on the summer school, including the application process, please click here.

Call for participants: Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative - July 30 – August 4th, 2014 - Krakow/Auschwitz

Remember the past, act in the present, and change the future! Come and join the “Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative”!
Marking the 70th anniversary of the remembrance day of the Roma Genocide on August 2, we gather 1.000 young Roma and non-Roma from all over the world. This is a unique and outstanding event that gives 1.000 young people and youth organizations the opportunity to come together in a social forum, to exchange experiences and to debate about the past, present and future! We remember the Roma Genocide, we learn about the past and present in workshops, and we present our initiatives and organizations. The initiative is organized by ternYpe International Roma Youth Network and a large number of member and partner organizations.
Be aware that a registration is not yet a confirmation of participation. Find selection conditions and conditions for external participants here:

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Get European integration/immigration news in German and many other European languages - short and up to date!

The European Website on Integration (EWSI) is a unique source of information on immigrant integration, with daily news from all across Europe. For all those who prefer reading German, you can get the headlines and summaries at European Website on Integration - EWSI (German facebook group).

There is also an EWSI Romania facebook group, an EWSI Ireland group, EWSI Slovakia, EWSI Portugal, EWSI Finland, EWSI Poland, EWSI Netherlands and immigration/integration news in Czech language at

Check it out and enjoy European news in your favorite language!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

In memoriam: Elena Alenka Begant

Elena Alenka Begant



1965 - 2014
We mourn the untimely death of Elena Begant, a distinguished educator and activist, and member of the Board of the Democracy and Human Rights Education in Europe Network (DARE).

Elena studied Slovenian and English Language and Literature at the University of Maribor (Slovenia). After her studies she became a teacher of English at the Commercial High School in Maribor in 1990, where she taught for 22 years until she became the principal of the Waldorf School in Maribor.

Elena's passion for education and social justice and boundless energy expressed themselves through the many voluntary activities that she was involved in. She was the founder of the Slovenian chapter of “Education as Instrument for Peace (EIP)-School for Peace” -- the first organisation in Slovenia dedicated to human rights education. She served as its president from 1999 until 2009.

In January 2010, Elena and her husband, Aleksander Begant, established the Center for Citizenship Education. The Center continued the work of EIP-Slovenia but was also involved in the monitoring of national and local elections. For many years she was also actively engaged in the Slovenian chapter of Amnesty International. Since August 2013 Elena had been working as Expert Advisor for Miha Pogačnik, a famous Slovenian violinist, innovator and entrepreneur.

Elena was a creative educator who was passionate about transforming teaching and learning processes into experiences that prepared young Slovenian minds to participate in global society. Fifteen years ago she created an interactive learning tool oriented towards the values of democracy, inclusion, non-discrimination and human rights that was recognized regionally by the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Elena was also author, editor and translator of many human rights education manuals, including the Council of Europe’s “Compass” and Amnesty International’s “First Steps”.

Elena had been an active member of the DARE Network since it was established in 2003. Over the years she developed many useful evaluation tools for the network and was responsible for organising the 2013 DARE Spring Academy, among many other activities. She served as DARE’s Treasurer from 2011-2013 and was re-elected to the DARE Board by the General Assembly in Rome last November to become Vice-Chair.

Elena was tireless in her efforts, devoting herself to her citizenship and human rights education work in Slovenia and abroad, while simultaneously maintaining her roles as a teacher and principal in the Slovenian educational system and wife and mother in her family. She was loved and respected by the DARE Board and Network members and many other colleagues in the Europe-wide movement to promote active citizenship and human rights education. Her death is a great loss and her absence will be felt for many years to come.

Elena died at her home in Limbus, near Maribor last Saturday, June 28th, in a tragic family drama. Her funeral took place on Wednesday, July 2nd. Elena left two children, a 10-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son.