Upcoming event

July 6th, 2020: 3:00 pm (CEST)

Post Pandemic FutureS – Intersectional Perspectives for a New, More Just World

A virus doesn’t seem to care about race, class, gender, nationality, and power. Its effect is on everybody. It crosses borders and reminds humanity that we are all living on one planet. Nation/ality has no meaning for a virus going viral creating a global pandemic. So, we thought as we entered this global pandemic; when COVID 19 struck Asia, Europe, and further the Americas and Africa. After months of medical and political responses, months of national and local lockdowns, and social distancing, we’re facing massive consequences, which hits us hard. As this global pandemic affects everybody and each country, it does not hit us the same. Economic recessions are emerging everywhere, people’s patience is tested everywhere, we realized we lost differently and we continuing to be addressed differently. Addressed by medical treatments and governments. As we keep on practicing social distancing to stem this pandemic the distance between the rich and the pool, the included and the excluded, the haves and the have-not is rapidly growing.
Much is been written, much is been said about the connectivity of the global changes, challenges, and needed necessities in this time of crisis. Though, times of crisis were always also times of hope and new local community approaches. In times of crisis, we reconnect with each other and work towards something new, something more inclusive, more just. Times of crisis are a time of future imaginations, and envisioning a new more just world we want to live in. Especially marginalized communities, and communities with collective experiences of exclusion, racialization, and discrimination practice acts of future imaginations as part of community organizing and empowerment.
In this panel discussion, we want to contextualize such current practices from a transnational perspective. With experts whose works are grounded in intersectional approaches to community education and empowerment, we will discuss various ways of recent responses to consequences and challenges of COVID 19 as well as traditions of crisis responses by NGOs, marginalized and racialized communities worldwide. With Ingrid LaFleur, Deepti Misri, and Saray Gomis we will talk about ways and means of tabbing into the knowledge of collective survival, discuss the power of Afrofuturism, and what barriers the new of public spaces in the digital might be. As academics, activists, and artists they work based on the premise that the challenges of our (future) times can’t be met with the tools and mindset of a past pre-pandemic time.

Ingrid LaFleur, currently based in Johannesburg (SA) is a curator, pleasure activist, and Afrofuturist. Her mission is to ensure equal distribution of the future, exploring the frontiers of social justice through new technologies, economies, and modes of government.
As a recent Detroit Mayoral candidate and founder and director of AFROTOPIA, LaFleur implements Afrofuturist strategies to empower Black bodies and oppressed communities through frameworks such as blockchain and universal basic income. Ingrid LaFleur is currently the co-founder and Chief Community Officer of EOS Detroit. As a thought leader, social justice technologist, public speaker, teacher, and cultural advisor she has led conversations and workshops at Centre Pompidou (Paris), TEDxBrooklyn, TEDxDetroit, Ideas City, New Museum (New York), AfroTech Conference, Harvard University and Oxford University, among others.

Deepti Misri currently based in Boulder/ Colorado (USA) is a literary and cultural critic whose work focuses broadly on questions of gender, violence, and representation. Her areas of interest span South Asian literary and cultural production, transnational feminist studies, and feminist theory and criticism. In addition to her monograph Beyond Partition (University of Illinois Press 2014, and Women Unlimited 2015), her articles have appeared in Signs, Meridians, South Asian Popular Culture, and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, among other venues. She is currently serving on the editorial board of the Himalayan Studies journal Himalaya. Her current work focuses on literary and visual representations of the militarized occupation in Indian-administered Kashmir. She is a founding member of the Critical Kashmir Studies Collective.

Sara Gomis, currently based in Berlin (Germany), educator, Commissioner for Antidiscrimination for the senate department of education (2016 – 2019), activist and teacher, and board member of EOTO.

Panel Chair:
Peggy Piesche, Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb)

Save the date

July 14th, 2020: 6 pm (CEST)

Fighting the pandemic in Iran. How does civil society react?

As one of the first countries in the Near and Middle East to be massively affected by the corona virus , Iran was the focus of international criticism, especially at the beginning of the “crisis”. Many of the mistakes and omissions that were called for were later committed by other countries that were later struck by the virus. Iran as a country already under unprecedented pressure by the escalating conflict with the USA in 2019 and early 2020 was especially hard hit by the suppression of economic and civic /cultural activity.
In this bpb:Talk Christoph Müller-Hofstede, bpb and NECE coordinator, talks to the curator and Iran expert Amin Farzanefar about the unfolding of the crisis since March, the reactions of the Iranian state and the struggle of civil society and the cultural sector to find creative ideas for survival defying repression of the state and the health crisis at the same time.

July 20th, 2020

bpb:TALK: The significance of youth empowerment and peer education for the future of Civic Education

July 27th, 2020

Over a Coffee…
in Beirut & Tunis

About bpb:connect

Corona, Resilience, Citizenship: Building bridges in times of disruption

Facing today’s reality it seems more important than ever to stay in touch with colleagues all over the world, share concerns and ideas and discuss recent and coming challenges of the world society through the lens of Citizenship education. We want to bring all of you together, to connect with experts and stakeholders from different regions and to take up international co-operations and debates on our new online platform bpb:connect. Read more…
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Previous events

June 22th, 2020: 3:00 pm (CEST)

This histoTALK focused on Global Perceptions of WWII: Eastern Europe with Stefan Creuzberger (Germany), Dmytro Hainetdinov (Ukraine) and Aliaksei Lastouski (Belarus) organized by bpb:connect, histoCON and EENCE.

June 15th, 2020: 3:00 pm (CEST)

Over a Coffee in Great Britain with David Cooper, Carolyn Wills, Dr Michalis Kakos – Chair: Tatevik Hakobyan, EENCE

Over a coffee with

join our event via www.bpbconnect.eu

Gepostet von NECE Network am Montag, 15. Juni 2020

May 25th, 2020 7:00 pm (CEST)

Making Sense of the digital Society – The role of humans in an age of intelligent machines with Joanna Bryson

May 20th, 2020 3:00 pm (CEST)

Over a Coffee in Germany with Marina Weisband, Benedikt Widmaier and Miriam Herbert

bpb:connect Over a Coffee

HI everyone, here our next event in our bpb:connect series: Over a coffee with Miriam Herbert, Marina Weisband and Benedikt Widmaier, focussing on the current situation for Civic Education in Germany.

Gepostet von NECE Network am Mittwoch, 20. Mai 2020

May 8th, 2020 all day

histoCON:LINE / international panel with Wangûi Wa Goro (Kenya/UK), Dimitrij Kapitelmann (Germany) and Karolina Wigura (Poland)

April 27th, 2020 7:00 pm (CEST)

Making Sense of the digital Society – The Crises of digital Capitalism
with Philipp Staab

April 27th, 2020 4:00 pm (CEST)

Kick-Off bpb:connect

bpb:connect - Kick-Off Event 27.April 2020

With bpb:connect we want to develop a plattform for international discourses, meetings and exchange. Here you can find the complete video without disconnects :)For more information please visit our website: www.nece-conference.eu/bpbconnect#digitalNECE

Gepostet von NECE Network am Dienstag, 28. April 2020

Learn more about our different online formats

Crossing Borders

We want to cross borders and stay connected with you! Read more…

Over A Coffee

Let’s meet over a coffee with people from all over the world. Read more…


Many of our events are trying to foster international exchange.Read more…

Making sense of the digital society

This lecture series thrives to develop a European perspective on the processes of transformation that our societies are currently undergoing. Read more…

histoCON is a platform to share and discuss global perspectives on history and its relation to the present and future. Read more…

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