28th October


  • 11:00 - 12:00 Welcome and Opening Session

    Prof. Maria Ranieri – University of Florence (ITALY), Chair of the Conference
    Prof. Alessandra Petrucci – Rector of the University of Florence (ITALY)
    Prof. Nicholas Brownlees – University of Florence (ITALY), Vice-Director of the Department of Education, Languages, Interculture, Literatures and Psychology
    Prof. Davide Parmigiani – President of ATEE (BELGIUM)
    Prof. Pier Cesare Rivoltella – President of SIREM (ITALY)
    Dr. Maria Chiara Pettenati – INDIRE (ITALY) Research Director
    Dr. Ronny Smet – ATEE (BELGIUM) RDC Coordinator

  • 12:00 - 12:45 Keynote Speech

    Chair: Prof. Gianna Cappello (University of Palermo – MED)

    Prof. Renee Hobbs – University of Rhode Island (USA)

    “Exploring controversial issues in the classroom”

    Educators are themselves citizens who express and share political views as part of their personal identity. They may care deeply about issues including climate change, immigration/migration, growing economic inequality, health and wellness, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination, or other topics of concern. But in the classroom, some educators do not feel confident or comfortable exploring controversial issues with students, while others make clear their particular positions on political issues without necessarily reflecting on the inequality in power relationships that may silence their students. The practice of critical media analysis and reflection help teachers navigate both the opportunities and the challenges of exploring contemporary controversies in the classroom. Teachers benefit greatly from safe and structured opportunities to talk about the ethical and moral implications of their decisions to address or ignore controversial issues in the classroom.

    Questions and Answers

  • 12:45 - 13:00 Closing of the session


29th October



  • 13:00 - 14:00 Break
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Parallel sessions
  • 16:00 - 16:15 Break
  • 16:30 - 17:15 Keynote Speech

    Chair: Prof. Davide Parmigiani – ATEE (Belgium)

    Prof. Shakuntala Banaji – London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)

    Critical media education and social justice in a time
    of technologised misinformation

    In much academic and policy literature on politics, participation, and media, young people across the world are enjoined to engage in activities thought good for them in order to qualify for the moral label “good citizens”. However, as the spread of hate propaganda around Muslims and migrants and the domestication of new technologies is implicated in events such as discriminatory misinformation, murderous mobs, mass shootings or movements against climate change and gender violence, questions abound about the ways in which media might affect teachers’ ability to relate to, learn from and build young people’s social media imaginaries with regard to justice. In this presentation, I will outline the visual research methods which teachers and educators can draw on in building a plausible case about the role of contemporary media texts in the social justice politics of different cultural contexts. With a particular commentary on the rise of fascism in India, I will explore the methodological challenges of “intertextuality” for social justice oriented civic learning.

    Questions and Answers

  • 17:15 - 17:30 Closing of the conference

    Prof. Vanna Boffo

    University of Florence (ITALY)

  • 17:30 Farewell

    Prof. Maria Ranieri, Chair of the Conference – University of Florence (ITALY)

    Prof. Davide Parmigiani, President of ATEE (BELGIUM)