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PIDOP Conference, Bologna, Italy, 2011
Bologna Skyline

On May 11th-12th 2011, the PIDOP Consortium, in collaboration with the University of Bologna, organised an international multidisciplinary conference.


The opening session, with (from left to right)
Dario Braga (Vice-Rector, University of Bologna),
Bruna Zani (Conference Chair) and
Roberto Farné (Director of the Department of Educational Sciences, University of Bologna)

The theme of the conference was “Engaged Citizens? Political Participation and Civic Engagement among Youth, Women, Minorities and Migrants”. The conference was open to all researchers, academics, policymakers and practitioners with interests in the area. The conference organising committee consisted of the members of the University of Bologna PIDOP team: Bruna Zani, Elvira Cicognani, Cinzia Albanesi, Paola Villano, Davide Mazzoni and Alberto Bertocchi.

The conference was held in the setting of the Complesso di San Giovanni in Monte in Bologna. The plenary sessions took place in the Giorgio Prodi lecture hall, which was once the dining-hall of the nunnery of the Lateran Canons, with a backdrop consisting of a sixteenth-century fresco by Bartolomeo Cesi.

Members of the PIDOP consortium presented the initial findings from the project at the conference. In total, the PIDOP project contributed one plenary address, fourteen individual presentations organised within three convened PIDOP symposia, and two independent individual presentations. In addition, the consortium organised a roundtable discussion with activists and policy makers from four NGOs and from the Council of Europe. Keynote addresses were presented by Therese O’Toole, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, and Bernd Simon, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany.

The conference was attended by 103 participants, representing the full range of social science disciplines, from 17 different countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Philippines, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK and USA.

There were also representatives from a number of non-academic organisations and NGOs at the conference, including the Spencer Foundation (Chicago, USA), FONDACA Active Citizenship Network (Rome, Italy), COSPE (Florence, Italy), Czech Council of Children and Youth (Brno, Czech Republic), National Alliance of Women's Organisations (London, UK) and the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France.

The PIDOP presentations which were made at the conference can be found by clicking on the “Conference papers from PIDOP” button on the left of this page.

To see a short documentary about the conference, click here.  

To access the Bologna conference website, click here.  


Some further photographs from the conference

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