PLACIM is currently working on a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network Application on citizenship education. A brief abstract of this project:
Processes of decolonization, migration, European integration, and globalization pose new challenges for citizenship education, i.e. the preparation for active participation in democratic communities. Ongoing debates about the meanings of ‘belonging’ in a globalizing Europe are transforming ‘citizenship’ from an exclusive node of identification with the nation-state into a multi-dimensional identification process with socio-spatial communities at the micro-, meso-, and macro-levels of global society. CHERIDITY aims to make this multidimensional concept accessible to 8-12 year-olds, by generating new knowledge about the ways in which arts and heritage education can contribute to citizenship education. It focuses on aesthetic artefacts designed for children which have acquired ‘heritage’ status through local, regional, national, and/or transnational appropriations. Collaborating with childhood heritage institutions, we aim to involve the next generation of heritage professionals and researchers in the development of the concepts, contents, policies, and educational strategies necessary for familiarizing the target group with a dynamic and multidimensional understanding of citizenship within non-formal learning environments. One major deliverable will be a collectively curated online exhibition on the meanings of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’, which makes the idea of multipleinterlocking circles of identifications at the various levels of global society tangible for children at the upper level of elementary education.