Dr Roland Löffler, Director of the Regional Agency for Civic Education in Saxony, eastern Germany, delivered the keynote address to our conference on Difficult Histories & Positive Identities, on Monday 25 February 2019.

He spoke for 40 minutes on 'Remembering the Past, Debating the Future: Political Education and the Challenge of Populism'.

The question-and-answer session that followed was held under the Chatham House Rule.

About the speaker

Roland studied protestant theology at the universities of Tuebingen, Berlin and Cambridge. He received his PhD from the University of Marburg and went on to work as a freelance journalist whilst training to be a pastor in the Protestant Church. He was also a guest professor at the University of Montreal.

In 2007, he joined the Herbert Quandt Foundation. He went on to become Chief Executive of the Foundation Westphalia Initiative, before becoming Director of the Regional Agency for Civic Education in Saxony, in 2017.

Roland's interests and expertise include migration, intercultural education, civic society, demographic change, and life in rural areas. The focus of his recent work has been on the development of civic engagement and political cultural in East Germany. 

Roland has advised charities supporting Arab Christians, and he has a keen interest in German-Polish and German-Northern Europe relations.

Find out more

Further resources from this conference, including recordings of other guest speakers, and delegate blogs, are available on our Read, Watch, Listen webpages.

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6 March, 2019