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Brave New Worlds?! The Future of Democracy and Citizenship Education

  • The NECE conference 2018 will address the challenges posed by the discourses and practices of an “illiberal democracy” that is increasingly restricting and endangering the space for civil society and citizenship education.
  • Another main topic of the conference will be the question of whether and how digitisation changes democracy, how negative side-effects of Big Tech affect democracy and how politics and civil society can react to this.
  • Finally, “Brave New Worlds?!” is about the new, immersive “political” worlds that enable people to withdraw into emotional shelters and echo-chambers in order to protect themselves from complexity as well as imagined and real threats. How to deal with these irreversible processes, how to better understand the emotional mechanisms and strategies of anti-democratic agitation will be at the heart of a focus on “Emotions and Politics.

The IDEA market of the conference will see the kick off of a NECE focus group dealing with the new Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture, launched by the Council of Europe in April 2018. The focus group will bring together educators and multipliers from diverse educational contexts interested in exploring the uses of the RFCDC in their specific institutional, local or national contexts. Patricia Hladschik (polis – Austrian Centre for Citizenship Education in Schools) and Claudia Lenz (Norwegian School of Theology) will offer a taster workshop including the following elements:

  • presentation of the RFCDC and its core elements
  • possible applications of the RFCDC in the planning and evaluation of learning processes, as well as in the formative evaluation of students
  • possible applications of the RFCDC in democratic school development
  • presentation of the modalities of the RFCDC focus group


For more information see:

Thursday, 6. September 2018 (All day) to Sunday, 9. September 2018 (All day)
Marseille, France