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Between ‘modernisation’ and ‘transition’: the discourse of the Serbian 2001 civic education policy

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This project explored the development of the Serbian 2001 civic education policy, a policy which marked the start of an all-encompassing education reform that was hailed as one of the tools in assisting the country’s transition from various forms of authoritarianism to a modern democracy. It was also a strong political signal that the then governing elite was dedicated to joining Serbia with other post-communist countries on their way ‘back to Europe’. Through interviews with the then policy makers and various contemporary critics and commentators of the policy, and through the analysis of relevant policy and media documents and parliamentary debates, I explore the discourses and legitimisation strategies that gave rise to this policy, and especially its relation to the religious education policy, introduced, with some controversy, at the same time. I hypothesise that the civic education policy served as symbolic capital used by the Serbian policy elite in their bid to position themselves more favourably in an international education policy field.

This talk is part of the Kazakhstan Programme Research Seminar Series series.

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