Young People and Active European Citizenship

Date: November 23-26, 2006. Site: Budapest, Hungary. Organiser: European Youth Centre. Topics: The seminar is organised in the framework on the Partnership on Research in the Youth Field between the Council of Europe and the European Commission. Both of the work of the Council of Europe and the European Commission towards the promotion of active citizenship and participation in democratic life and the concerns raised in the above discussion on the nature of citizenship today provide the basis for the research seminar. The aim of the seminar is not only to delve more deeply into the meanings of citizenship and their contemporary applications, but also into the impact of the work of the European youth field in this domain. Consequently, theoretical, policy-oriented and evidence-based papers are sought in order to contribute to building a holistic picture of the issues at stake in the discussion of active European citizenship and young people. Papers may address one of the following (not exhaustive) list of topics: Theorisations of European citizenship and/or identity; Political/historical context of European citizenship; Competing definitions of citizenship; Citizens and non-citizens; Participation of young people in civic life (participation in local projects, voluntary activities, organisations, etc.); Participation in representative democracy (voting, being elected, participating in political parties, role of ICT in voting, role of peers as ambassadors etc.); Access to active citizenship (inequality in participation, social exclusion etc.). Learning to participate (link between formal and non/informal learning: role of schools in civic education and learning by doing); Participation in policy shaping: dialogue with young people on the development of youth related policies: starting the debate at the local level and making timely contributions to European fora.
Language: English Fee: Full financial aid
Deadline: September 15, 2006, documentation should be by email mentioning “Citizenship Seminar” in the subject line
Contact: The European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy

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