Liberal democracy is in a state of crisis. Worldwide, a “democratic recession” can be observed, even in countries that have long claimed a leading role worldwide in defending and spreading democratic values and freedoms.
Uncertainties about the future of the European Union and its transformation into a “Citizens’ Europe” are shaping the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May 2019. At the same time we observe new signals for a renewed emphasis on the value of citizenship education as an indispensable subject for democracies in the 21st century. And various other voices (Etienne Balibar, Ivan Krastev, Ulrike Guérot) invite us to rethink the democratic foundations of a European Union that is faced with conflicting interests and global turmoil.
The conference “Brave New Worlds?!”, named after Aldous Huxley’s famous 1932 dystopia, hinges on three intertwined challenges that democracies and citizenship education must address.
This year’s NECE conference in Marseille will focus on these global processes and provide a platform to discuss strategies on how civil society and citizenship education in Europe can turn this trend in liberal democracy.
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