Conflict Matters 2015, Brussels
The main aim of the first conference was to offer all the individuals and organisations in the Foundation’s network the opportunity to learn from each other and forge connections, while at the same time call attention to the importance of addressing conflict in education. The program highlights of the event included keynote speeches that shed light on the biological origins and social implications of conflict and highlighted its potential for learning and transformation, both on personal and societal level as well as tailor-made workshops and trainings on conflict management in school, handling controversial topics in classroom, alternative approaches to school rules and sanctions, ways of establishing a positive school climate, shared decision-making processes, conflict in the context of social media.
Conflict Matters 2017, London
In response to the increasing discord and polarisation in our communities, Conflict Matters 2017 focused on the educational policies and practices needed to transform societal tensions and controversies into learning opportunities in the classroom and beyond.
Ultimately, the conference sought to encourage reflection on how education can enable everyone to act as equal political subjects.
A unique gathering of education practitioners and researchers, the conference featured contributions by internationally acclaimed scholars. A series of experiential sessions also aimed to discover methods and strategies that allow confrontation to be expressed but at the same time transform it into inclusive egalitarian dialogue. The Evens Foundation collaborated with the University of Cambridge to strengthen the research dimension of the event, as well as with the British Academy.