Conference speakers

José Casanova is a professor at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University (USA), and heads the Berkley Center's Programme on Globalization, Religion and the Secular. He has published on a broad range of subjects, including religion and globalization, migration and religious pluralism, transnational religions, and sociological theory. José Casanova was awarded the Theology Prize from the “Salzburger Hochschulwochen” (Austria) in recognition of his life-long achievement in the field of theology.

Lizzie Doron is an Israeli writer living in Tel Aviv. She writes books on Jewish identity of post-Shoah generation. Lizzie Doron has received numerous awards and her debut novel “Lama lo bat lifne ha-milchama?” now belongs to the Israeli school curriculum.

Ulrike Guérot is a German political scientist. She is founder and director of the “European Democracy Lab” (ECL) Berlin. Ulrike Guérot is also a lecturer at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/ Oder and at the Bucerius Law School. Ulrike Guérot published extensively in German and European newspapers and magazines on European and transatlantic issues and published in 2013 a manifesto for “Creation of a European Republic”.

Christina Koulouri is professor in Modern and Contemporary History at Panteion University of Political and Social Sciences in Athens (Greece) as well as Dean of the Faculty of Political Sciences and Director of the Research Centre for Modern History (KENI). Since 1999, she is the chair of the History Education Committee of the Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) and general coordinator of the Joint History Project (JHP).

Thomas Krüger is the president of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education. After being a founding member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the former GDR, and becoming the executive director of the SDP in Berlin (East), Thomas Krüger became deputy chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in Berlin (East/West). Subsequently, he was the city's Senator for Youth and Family Affairs (1991-1994) and a member of the German Parliament, the Bundestag (1994-1998).

Audrey Osler is professor of education at Buskerud and Vestfold University College (Norway) and professor emerita at the University of Leeds (UK), where she was founding director of the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (CCHRE) from 2004. She also holds a number of honorary positions internationally. She acts as consultant and expert on citizenship education and human rights education for the Council of Europe, UNESCO and various national governments. .

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