Upcoming: Symposium "Children as Current and Future Citizens"

On Sunday, 26 November 2017 our annual Cleveringa Lecture will take place. This year the lecture will be read by Prof. Dr. Judi Mesman with the title "Parenting towards Freedom".

The lecture will be preceded by a symposium under the title "Children as Current and Future Citizens". A variety of international and local academics will present their work at the symposium and a panel discussion will take place with a panel consisting of teenagers.

The programme will start at 8:30 and will end at 16:00. To register for this symposium, please send an email to info@nvic.leidenuniv.nl

Invited speakers are

Prof. dr. Judi Mesman (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
Prof. dr. Kofi Marfo (Aga Kahn University, Nairobi, Kenya)
Prof. dr. Tina Malti (University of Toronto, Canada)


The period of childhood is often seen as merely a prelude to adult citizenship, focusing on how children can be prepared for their future rights, responsibilities and societal roles. However, children themselves are also citizens, albeit with more rights than responsibilities, who function in society and are confronted daily with situations that entail the development of a personal identity, formation of opinions and prejudices about others, and social decision-making towards either affiliation or distancing, or even conflict. What are the main influences on children’s development as social actors which sets the stage for their future adult roles in society? What steers children towards openness to human diversity rather than close-minded prejudice? How do children develop a basic attitude of social inclusiveness rather than rejection? This symposium will attempt to answer these questions from different perspectives, looking at the role of parents, education, the wider societal and cultural context, and individual developmental mechanisms.

Last Modified: 16-11-2017