Save-the-Date: NECE Conference 2012 in Córdoba, Spain

NECE - Networking European Citizenship Education - Conference

“Participation Now! Citizenship Education and Democracy in Times of Change”

21-24 November 2012, Córdoba (Spain)


This year´s NECE Conference will focus on current concepts of democracy and participation in the face of worldwide processes of change in politics, society and economy.

In Europe, but also in other Western countries, a massive loss of trust in the legitimacy and creative power of democratic institutions can be noted as a result of the financial crisis. At the same time, radical changes in the societies of authoritarian states – e.g. in North Africa – have resulted in attempts at transition to democracy, thereby initiating transformation processes with uncertain consequences.

As a consequence of these worldwide developments, new movements of social and political protest have emerged, indicating new ways of organising civil society. Despite a high degree of diversity, the common feature of these movements is a demand for more participation and transparency of political decision-making.

The NECE Conference in Cordoba will discuss appropriate responses to these various and ongoing crises - not only in the West. Which initiatives can help to foster the internationalisation of citizenship education in the coming years? Are there any lessons for the contents and methods of citizenship education resulting from emerging protest movements and spontaneous citizen initiatives – inside and outside of Europe?

Well-known political scientist Claus Leggewie, Director of the German Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, is going to deliver a keynote with reference to these developments.

We would be pleased to welcome you in the beautiful city of Cordoba in November – a centre of Islamic culture during the Middle Ages and one of Europe’s most interesting historical locations.

Register right now by sending an e-mail with your personal data (full name, organisation, address, e-mail, conference days you would like to attend)

The programme is published in brief at

Registration for the parallel workshop session as well as side events will be possible in September.

We will inform you by e-mail in time.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the conference management at:

lab concepts GmbH

on behalf of the Federal Agency for Civic Education, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)228 2498 110

Fax: +49 (0)228 2498 111


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