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So this is it. Once again, another NECE conference has come to its end. Over 300 participants, 15 workshops, keynotes and panels, amounting to more than 500 meetings within just three days.

As a highlight on this last day of the conference Israeli author Lizzie Doron, who recently published her latest book "Who the fuck is Kafka" about her friendship to a palestinian journalist, gave an inspring speech. Instead of  'othering', as it had been the focus of many of this year's discussions, she urged participants to work hard to inspire processes of 'gathering'. 

We need to work on 'gathering' rather than 'othering'


Israeli author Lizzie Doron, who recently published her latest book "Who the fuck is Kafka" about her friendship to a Palestinian journalist, urges participants to work hard to inspire processes of 'gathering' rather than 'othering'.

Refugees in Europe – How to prevent unfair stereotyping by Citizenship Education?


The refugee crisis is the most challenging problem of today's world – and at this crucial point Europe seems to be incapable of acting, or at least unwilling to cope with the crisis in a half-decent way. So much for the opinion of Karl Kopp from PRO ASYL, a refugee relief organization based in Frankfurt, Germany.

"Giving young people the skills to make a difference"


Is Citizenship Education itself promoting an idea of "Us" and "Them"? Audrey Osler from Buskerud and Vestfold University College in Norway raises this question and claims: We need Citizenship Education that gives people the skills to make the difference. And to understand the crisis we are facing.

 

Words have power!


"We need to work on new terms that are more precise", claims Asiem El Difraoui. As part of the Focus Group "Exchange between Europe and North Africa" he encourages self-reflection, also inside the NECE network.

Prevention vs empowerment? How Citizenship Educators can react to the radicalization of youth


This workshop dealt with the issue of "Prevention vs empowerment. How Citizenship Educators can react to the radicalization of youth". The theoretical background of prevention, radicalization and de-radicalization was also presented as existing strategies to fight against these tendencies.

Panel 2: Where now for Europe? Identity discourses and politics in times of crises.


The second panel focused on the topic “Identity discourses and politics in times of crises” with the following three speakers: Kenan Malik, Writer, Lecturer and Broadcaster (UK), Loukas Tsoukalis, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (Greece), Ulrike Guérot, The European Democracy Lab, European School of Governance (Germany).

Challenging Historical Narratives


"History education can be a tool – but it can also be used as a weapon" - this farsighted quotation by Mire Mladenovski would serve as a valuable thesis on the development of othering processes in general. At the same time, it is a crucial finding that emphasizes the value of the work of EUROCLIO, hosts of today's Workshop session 1.3. "Challenging Historical Narratives".

"Show us what you do, don't tell us what to do."


Egypt is a country in tremendous transition. Citizenship Education can play a weighty role in this process. Noha El Mikawy, from the Ford Foundation in Cairo, wants to hear about the European problems and mistakes – in order to develop viable strategies for Egypt.

Panel 1: Russia, Ukraine and 'the West': Rethinking our mental cartography?


Since the Russian-Ukrainian-conflict we have witnessed a half-forgotten antagonism in Europe: "The West" vs. Russia is becoming a more and more common perception in European societies. So in Panel 1 the necessity to rethink our mental cartography of the alleged irreconcilable Russia, Ukraine and "The West" was obvious.

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