Conference Pre-Workshop: 1914 – 2014: Conflicts and the role of citizenship education in conflict management and reconciliation

In preparation for the NECE Conference in Vienna in October 2014, the NECE Initiative hosted the European Workshop “1914 – 2014: Conflicts and the role of citizenship education in conflict management and reconciliation” from 30 March -1 April 2014 in Belgrade (Serbia). A number of scholars, multipliers and civil society stakeholders from South-Eastern Europe were invited to discuss conflicts and the role of citizenship education in Europe today. The reference point of the workshop was the First World War, due to the fact that this war is still regarded as “The Great War” in many countries. Moreover, it shows a strong presence in collective memories, in expressions of national identities as well as in remembrance days and memorials. Yet, this is not the case everywhere in Europe and the world: In Germany, for instance, the Second World War and the Holocaust occupy a vast space in the German culture of remembrance, whereas the First World War plays a rather subordinate role which has considerably more significance in the neighbouring countries. This discrepancy in remembrance and interpretation of a globally encompassing event in recent history will become evident in 2014, as the outbreak of the First World War reaches its centenary.

The NECE Workshop provided an open exchange platform for discussing concepts, definitions or projects that tackle multiple aspects of and perspectives on the overall topic, which might be relevant at the NECE Conference in Vienna 2014.

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30 March - 01 April 2014

Conference Venue

KC Grad
Braće Krsmanović 4
Belgrade (Serbia)


Federal Agency for Civic Education/ bpb (Germany)

In co-operation with

Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs (Austria)
ProDemos (the Netherlands)

Civic Education Centre (Czech Republic)
Citizenship Education Centre (Poland)

University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Supported by

Robert Bosch Stiftung
Cultural Center GRAD (Serbia)
Goethe Institut Belgrade (Serbia)
Civic Initiatives (Serbia)
eurotopics (Germany)


lab concepts GmbH (Germany)
on behalf of Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb
Phone +49 (0) 30 252 932 56


Federal agency for Civic Education/bpb
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53113 Bonn
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