Seminar Young people and Active European Citizenship
Seminar Young People and Active European Citizenship
European Youth Centre, Budapest, 23-25 November, 2006
The youth research strand of the Partnership programme also aims to contribute to the work on European Citizenship. It does so by increasing visibility and understanding of the current debates and practices on European Citizenship and by encouraging academic debates on the topic, understandable and useful for policy-makers and practitioners.
The Research Seminar "Young People and Active European Citizenship", which took place in the European Youth Centre, Budapest 23rd-25th November, 2006, provided for such a forum of reflection, evidenced-based analysis and dialogue between the youth researchers, youth NGOs, youth policy makers and practitioners on the topic of Citizenship and its particular relevance in the European context. The aim of the seminar was to examine the contemporary meanings and understandings of Citizenship and the ways they are used, in relation to the European youth field and (its impact on) the larger society. After the institutional introductions and the key-note speech debates focused on four aspects of the citizenship as it is reflected in the life of young people nowadays.
Firstly various meanings and understandings of the concept were analysed. Then the aspects of belonging or not, being or not being citizens. Thirdly, the manifestations of young people's participation in civic life. Finally, the practice of citizenship education in formal and non-formal settings. The debates proved yet once more that Citizenship is a contested and an ambivalent concept, which refers to legal rights and obligations within a nation-state but also to civil, political and social rights. Its practical implications change very dynamically, in close relation to complex realities of young people's lives.
Seminar report by Ditta Dolejšiová, Miguel Ángel Garcia López and Marta Medlinska
Abstracts from papers presented during the seminar
Publication: European citizenship - In the process of construction - Challenges for citizenship, citizenship education and democratic practice in Europe by Ditta Dolejšiová and Miguel Ángel García López (eds). Council of Europe, 2009.
Thursday, 23rd November 2006
Morning - Introductions:
- Welcome words
- Introductions of Participants, Chairs, Seminar team
- Setting the Institutional Framework
- Presentation of the Seminar: Objectives, Programme…
- Exercise: "I am / (not)/ (more or less) European Citizen because…"
- Key Note Input: "A Post-Colonial Critique of European Citizenship: A global challenge?" by Supriya Singh, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, India
Afternoon - Panel 1: Constructing European Citizenship: Meanings and Understandings (Chair Person: Miguel Angel García López)
- "European Citizenship between sentiments and universal rights" by Jan Dobbernack, Germany
- "Theoretisations of European identity: The case of eastern European countries" by Oana Balescu, Romania
- "No myth – No love? – European identity beyond emotions: Civic Concern" by Tamara Ehs, Austria
Friday, 24th November 2006
Morning - Panel 2: "To be or not to be? – Citizens or non-citizens?" (Chair Person: Rui Gomes)
- "The approach of the Netherlands towards immigrants: cause of ‘exclusion'?" by Syuzanna Vasilyan, The Netherlands
- "The effect of citizenship status on political action, participation of immigrant youth living in Germany" by Meral Gezici Yalcin, Germany
- "The culture of Islam and the concept of European Citizenship: antagonism and compatibility" by Emin Amrullayev, Azerbaijan
Afternoon - Panel 3: Young people and participation in civic life (Chair Person: Ditta Dolejsiova)
- "Participation of young people in civic life: the role of sense of community" by Elvira Cicognani, Italy,
- "Engagement in political action, survey results" by Bram van Houtte, Belgium
- "Limited access to active citizenship: the case of young LGBT people" by Judit Takacs, Hungary
- "The participation of organized civil society interests in the open method of coordination as the new avenue for the EU input legitimacy" by Kamila Czerwinska, Belgium
Saturday, 25th November 2006
Morning - Panel 4: Citizenship in educational (formal and non-formal) practice (Chair Person: Marta Medlinska)
- "Choice, Voice and Engagement: An exploration of Models, Methods which promote active Youth Citizenship in the new Europe" by Terry Barber, Scotland, UK
- "Democratic Ideals and Practices, Utopian or What? School Effects on political attitudes among upper secondary school students in Sweden" by Tiina Ekman, Sweden
"Strengthening Opportunities for Citizenship Education: Examples from practice" by Franziska Süllke, Germany
- Drawing conclusions
- Final discussion
- Evaluation of the seminar
- Closing of the seminar