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NECE Conference 2019 “Confronting Inequalities! The Role of Citizenship Education”
October 24, 2019 - October 27, 2019Free
Confronting Inequalities! The Role of Citizenship Education
NECE Conference 2019, 24 – 27 October, Glasgow
Technology Innovation Center (TIC), Strathclyde University
Registration is open now! Please register here.
Set against the ongoing Brexit drama, NECE 2019 looks at the growing rifts and inequalities in Europe and its neighbouring regions that are at the heart of the political crises in many democracies. They are “tearing apart the fabric of our societies; (…) bringing new anxieties and new anger to our people, and new passions to our politics.” (Paul Collier). This is particular noticeable in the United Kingdom (including Scotland and Glasgow) where – according to a UN report – a fifth of the population, 14 million people, live in poverty. (See Statement on Visit to the United Kingdom, by Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights)
NECE 2019 is proposing to discuss how the many forms of inequality – class, income, gender, race, ethnic origin, talent and geography – are affecting the rights of citizenship in our societies – in other words inclusion and exclusion in society, participation or non-participation in politics, and last but not least individual opportunities in life. Our aim is to explore the socio-economic, political, educational and cultural dimensions of inequalities and their impact on approaches and practices of citizenship education in schools and in civil society. One fundamental question will be how citizenship education as a profession can learn to deal with the effects that inequality and poverty have on the lives of young people and citizens living on the margins of society.
We also propose to start a conversation on how we as citizenship educators can better deal with the background of economic, financial and technological trends that are shaping our lives and affecting citizens and their status and prospects in society and politics. Is it “the economy, stupid” or the “stupid economy”?
Last but not least, as the effects of climate change and global warming have been triggering deep societal concerns and new citizens’ movements – such as the transnational “Fridays for Future” school strikes – NECE 2019 will look at the ever more important global dimension of inequality. We will ask how approaches to globalise citizenship education may play a bigger role in the future.
Glasgow will be an ideal city to host a conference on inequalities and citizenship education. With its heritage of industrialisation, post-industrial decline and social movements it provides an opportunity to learn about the still existing evidence of extreme inequalities and poverty in the city. At the same time, a vibrant and active civil, tech and cultural scene is waiting for us to be explored. Last but not least a great number of initiatives and education experts are looking forward to presenting their work and to be part of NECE in October. Darren McGarvey, a rapper from Glasgow and author of “Poverty Safari; Understanding the Anger of the British Underclass”, will open the conference with a critical examination of narratives that surround poverty and social deprivation. Other initiatives and speakers from Glasgow, Scotland and the UK are looking forward to be to be part of NECE in October. A Call for Papers and Projects will be out at the end of April. Attendance is free; including coffee breaks and meals.
Your chance to get involved
Market place of European models and good practice projects in citizenship education
We invite you to present your organisation and your projects during the conference! Up to fifteen organisations will have the possibility to present themselves in the project market of European models and good practice projects in citizenship education. Please find here the terms and conditions for participation in the project market. You can apply by filling in the project market application in the general conference registration tool.
Call for Projects
NECE 2019 is offering the opportunity to contribute to our conference programme by presenting projects about inequalities and citizenship education at the NECE Conference 2019 in Glasgow, UK. Please find here more information and the terms and conditions. Please submit your proposal or project idea by using the online-factsheet. The deadline for the submission is 15 July 2019. The selection of projects will be concluded by 31 July 2019.
More information on topics and logistics will be available soon here and on www.nece-conference.eu as well as via #NECE 2019
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