CANDIICE International Conference


Creative Approaches to Democracy Education

10-12 March, 2022


This international conference aims at providing a platform to bring people and ideas together to promote citizenship education, discuss its inherent challenges, reflect on creative, innovative and inclusive approaches and practices, while underlining its importance and relevance in our fascinating and problematic 21st century societies.

We invite university scholars and students, educators, NGOs, think tanks, and other interested entities to share ideas and research on the topic. We wish to attract proposals addressing a variety of contexts (formal/informal/non-formal education; professional settings; NGO settings) that explore the following aspects, amongst others:

  • The Council of Europe has recently published invaluable tools such as:
    • (2018) Reference Framework of Competencies for Democratic Culture (3 vols)
    • (2021) A Portfolio of Competences for Democratic Culture (2 versions)

How can we use these tools to promote the students’/youth/citizens… understanding of the world and empower them to express their views and participate in society?

How can we best explore these tools to promote active reflection on and critical evaluation of local and/or global issues to develop intercultural dialogue? 

  • In a diverse country, democracy requires advocacy for many minorities. How can creative learning activities encourage engagement and inclusion, from the earliest ages? How can the arts validate expression and communication for neurodivergent learners and minority thinkers?
  • Oppression thrives when citizens believe there is no viable alternative. Closed linear and stunted thinking will not generate imaginative futures. Can arts encounters in education liberate learners from thinking that there is only one correct answer, which the teacher already knows in advance?
  • The European project was founded on liberal democracy and human rights after the catastrophes of war. How do we feel our democracies are working right now? In increasingly divided societies how can we halt the drift towards authoritarianism?
  • Is it accepted that our future citizens must consciously grasp the tools and levers of social change? If so… how are educators to train them to take on such highly complex tasks?
  • Many learners actually leave school believing that democracy is just voting. Popular media reinforce this notion. What pedagogies are required to build an understanding of ‘thick’ democracy’?
  • We live in an age of distraction, driven by rapid change. How can we learn to explore beyond first impressions, to seek other viewpoints, understand other persons; to listen to their stories and, together, consider the longer-term future?
  • Our identities grow from our cultural sources, shaping our definitions of who we will call ‘us’ and who ‘them’. How can we develop a curriculum of self-discovery so as to recognise, respect and understand the others with whom we must collaborate to survive?
  • Engaging all learners – young and old – in deeper understanding of genuine participatory democracy involves far more than factual knowledge. How can creative approaches lead to deeper learning?
  • School curricula value logical cognitive processes and often ignore emotions. And yet emotions cannot be untangled from our identities, tribal loyalties, political affiliations and actions. How can we equip learners to acknowledge their emotions and recognise how they can be manipulated by others?
  • How can a pedagogy of the imagination generate new visions for change within collaborative projects of increasing scope, and real world impact?
  • How can digital creation and expression nurture media skills to strengthen engagement in collaborative, international democratic learning?

This international conference is the result of an Erasmus+ EU funded project entitled:

Creative Approaches to New Democracy through Innovative Inclusive Citizenship Education (CANDIICE). The project is an Erasmus+ five-country collaboration project to provide active creative, arts-based learning resources using digital technologies and associated staff training to help future generations make democracy work inclusively for their harmonious futures. CANDIICE partners are:

  • School Development Support Agency (Lead agency) – Leicester, United Kingdom
  • Eurosoc#Digital – Berlin, Germany
  • Forum za Slobodu Odgoja – Zagreb, Croatia
  • Les Tetes de l’Art – Marseille, France
  • Nova University / CETAPS – Lisbon, Portugal

Conference Convenors:

Ana Gonçalves Matos, CETAPS / FCSH UNL (Portugal) & Adam Newman Turner, SDSA (UK)

Keynote Speakers:

Alison Phipps

Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts

University of Glasgow, UK

Martyn Barrett

Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Surrey, UK

Expert for the Council of Europe, lead the expert group that developed the (2018) Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture (RFCDC)

Tawona Sithole

UNESCO artist-in-residence at the University of Glasgow, UK

(Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy)  

Carlos Ceia

Professor of English Studies, Coordinator of the Centre for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS) and Holder of the CIPSH Chair on Digital Humanities in Education for The International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies

Emília Ferreira

Director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art

Scientific Committee:

  • Carlos Ceia, Coordinator of CETAPS & CIPSH Chair on Digital Humanities in Education, NOVA FCSH, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Alistair Ross, Jean Monnet Professor of Citizenship Education in Europe &  Emeritus Professor, London Metropolitan University (UK)

Organising committee:

  • Cristina Carinhas
  • Khalid Mahmood
  • Adam Newman Turner
  • Emma Sheasby
  • Ana Gonçalves Matos
  • Teresa Pereira
  • Ana Leão
  • Lindinalva Lima

Key information:

Venue & Location: NOVA FCSH Colégio Almada Negreiros, Campolide, Lisbon  & online

Dates: 10-12 March, 2022

Abstract Submission Deadline: 12 November, 2021

Registration open: 6 December, 2021 -

Results of abstract review returned to authors:

Presentation Formats

  • Oral Presentation (20 minutes)
  • Workshop Presentation (50 minutes)
  • Poster – project presentations

Abstract submission

Submission title:

Presentation format:

Abstract (c. 250 words):

Full name(s) of presenter(s) and affiliation(s):

Bio sketch of 100 words:

Social programme: [ideas for later]


Street Art

Invite cartoonista

Young emergent artists

Ai Wei Wei