6th Conference on the Status of Federalism: Civic Education, Civic Participation, and the Subnational Level
The Foster Europe Foundation invites you to the 6th Conference on the Status of Federalism: Civic Education, Civic Participation, and the Subnational Level on November 30, 2022, 09:00 – 14:30 CET, online. The conference aims to give more publicity to the discourse on federalism, decentralization, and regions in Austria and to bring European perspectives and experiences into the Austrian debate.
This year focuses on Civic Education in Federalism – Federalism in Civic Education. Civic education goes beyond the imparting of knowledge in school classrooms. It also includes the practical application and tangible demonstration of democracy in school and everyday life, participation in political processes and decisions, and core media skills. Based on shared values and norms, this teaching should develop the competence to take an active part in political discourse.
Federal systems engage citizens in political decision-making at the sub-state level and offer different forms of participation, thus providing additional experience and a learning environment for citizens. At the same time, federal and multi-level systems require a corresponding level of political education due to their greater complexity.
How do federal states react to this challenge? What is the significance of federalism and multi-level systems in the transfer of knowledge? And what opportunities open at the sub-state level for the political participation of citizens?
The 6th Status Conference on Federalism presents insights into the current state of research and discussion based on case studies from Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, and Finland, as well as cross-border participation models.
Registration is open to any interested participants. The latest version of the program can be found here.