8 November 2022, 11.30-13.00 - Room 11 – Palais de l’Europe

Interpretation: EN/FR

Learning about history and sharing a collective sense of the past contributes to a feeling of belonging and of community; it may also contribute to a better understanding of the present. The cynical glorification or vilification of the past has, however, been used many times to justify the unjustifiable. Historical revisionism has served as pretext for some of the worst episodes of human history and, unfortunately, for contemporary examples of democratic decay, human rights violations, and military aggression.

Local and national history are important, but could more emphasis be put on educating ourselves about the history of other regions, nations, peoples, and cultures in order to develop a more well-informed and, possibly, peaceful international community? How can we better recognise the diversity and nuance of the past in our education systems? Can and should education be an essential component of the defence of democracy as a way of life and of governance?

Forum Talk 2: History and Education – Knowledge and Manipulation
Palais de l'Europe, room 11 8 November 2022 - 11.30-13.00
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Professor of History and Institutions of Africa and Religions, Conflicts and Slavery at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano


Prof. Beatrice Nicolini Ph.D. studied International Relations and Comparative Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, U.S.A. and graduated in Political Sciences, Catholic University, Milan, Italy. She has a Ph.D. in History of Africa from Siena University, Italy. She teaches History and Institutions of Africa; Religions, Conflicts and Slavery; Indian Ocean World, and in numerous International Relations Masters. She is member of Ph.D. School Committee ‘History and Politics’ at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan, Italy. The history of the Indian Ocean, trade routes, strategic and development issues are her main research topics.

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CROUCH Colin 2022


Professor Emeritus, Warwick University, author “Post-Democracy: After the Crises”

United Kingdom

Prof. Colin Crouch is an external scientific member of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne and professor emeritus of the University of Warwick. He previously taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Oxford (Fellow of Trinity College), and the European University Institute, Florence. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the Academy of Social Sciences, and a member of the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino. His most recent books include The Globalization Backlash (2019); Will the Gig Economy Prevail? (2019); Manifesto for Social Europe (2020); and Post-Democracy after the Crises (2020).



Founder and general director of the War Childhood Museum

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jasminko Halilovic is the founder and general director of the War Childhood Museum—the world's only museum exclusively focused on the experience of childhood affected by war—which has been awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize under the European Museum of the Year scheme. Halilovic developed the War Childhood Museum from the War Childhood book, a mosaic of short memories that he collected from more than 1,000 people. Before the WCM, he founded several not-for-profit and for-profit entities. His books have been translated into six languages. Halilovic is the first Bosnian selected for the Forbes “30 under 30” list.



Chairperson of Storytellers of Ireland/ Aos Scéal Eireann




Canada Research Chair (Tier II) and Associate Professor, jointly appointed at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and History


Dr. Heidi Tworek is a Canada Research Chair and associate professor of international history and public policy at UBC. She directs the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Her work examines history and policy around communications, particularly the effects of new media technologies on democracy. She is a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation as well as a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Tworek's interest in democracy was spurred by writing her prize-winning book, News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2019).

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Dr Evert van der ZWEERDE

Professor of Political Philosophy, Radboud University Nijmegen

The Netherlands

Evert van der Zweerde (born 1958) studied philosophy and Russian in Nijmegen (Netherlands), Moscow (USSR) and Fribourg (Switzerland). After defending his PhD, Soviet Historiography of Philosophy; Istoriko-filosofskaja nauka (Dordrecht: Kluwer 1997), he has worked as lecturer and professor of Social and Political Philosophy at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands). His research focuses on political philosophy, esp. theory of democracy, and Russian philosophy. He has led and supervised several collective research projects, including “Repertoires of Democracy”, which resulted in Creative Crises of Democracy (Peter Lang, 2011), “Religion, Nation and Democracy in the South Caucasus”, which yielded a book with the same title (Routledge, 2015), and, currently, “Vive la commune! Communalism as a Democratic Repertoire”. He is also co-founder of the Radboud-based “Democratisch Laboratorium”. Most recent publication: Russian Political Philosophy: Anarchy, Authority, Autocracy (Edinburgh UP, 2022).

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Youth Delegate


As an alumnus of British council parliamentary debate, an executive member at the Moroccan Organization of debate and a researcher in political media discourse; world forum of democracy is an asylum where all insights on democracy would be voiced out and fostered. As a matter of fact, such an event will be an agora whereby most challenges, controversies, and theories that hover around democracy will be brought to the table of debate. Personally, my zest has no limit to actively taking part in the world forum of democracy, interacting with the other political activists and policy makers to decipher and explain the decline of democracy in the last two decades.


Youth Delegate


It is a timely question – whether there is a new hope for democracy – given democratic backsliding in a number of countries, including those on the European continent. As never before, democracy needs to be protected! In these complicated and unpredictable times, discussions such as this, among young people in the fight for democracy, are vital. I am currently involved in a research project focused on the shifting balance between Autocracy and Democracy. Therefore, it is a great pleasure for me to be able to participate in the WFD and expand my knowledge of democratic processes around the globe so that I can further my academic research, as well as share my knowledge with other like-minded young people. 

rapporteur rapporteur

Alexandre DUMON 

Political Science student