Organizers & Partners

histoCON:LINE is…
… organized by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/ bpb

The Federal Agency for Civic Education/Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb) is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues for all people in Germany. On November 25, 1952, the later renamed Federal Agency for Homeland Services was established in order to educate the German people about democratic principles and prevent any moves to re-establish a totalitarian regime. Today Citizenship education means educating and encouraging citizens to actively participate in society and in the democratic process. The bpb’s work focuses on fostering an awareness of what democracy is and on furthering participation in politics and social life. One of the bpb’s key activities is the provision of information on the major issues of our times, both on the website and in print publications.The range of topics includes European integration, participation in politics and in society, issues relating to the economy and the financial markets, migration, and social change, as well as historical issues and democracy in general. Another one of our key activities is the ongoing creation of new projects and the development of new methods to meet the special informational and educational needs of people with different learning abilities and people from different age groups and different walks of life.

… funded by Federal Foreign Office /AA
The Federal Foreign Office/Auswärtiges Amt represents Germany’s interests in the world. It promotes international exchange and offers protection and assistance to Germans abroad. With its offices in Berlin and Bonn and a network of around 230 missions abroad, the Federal Foreign Office maintains Germany’s relations with other countries as well as with international and supra-national organizations. This work concerns much more than just political contacts among governments and parliaments. The Federal Foreign Office promotes intensive interaction and exchange with the world in the fields of business, culture, science and technology, the environment, development issues, and many more areas. Shaping globalization is one of the most important tasks of diplomacy. In this area, the Federal Foreign Office works closely with partners from civil society, including business associations, unions, and humanitarian and human rights organizations. Through its embassies and consulates-general, it also communicates with the public abroad in order to convey a positive, up-to-date image of Germany. We are supported in this pursuit by Honorary Consuls, volunteers who work on the ground in host countries. Along with its role in shaping foreign policy, the Federal Foreign Office also views itself as a service provider – for citizens, German businesses and German cultural life as well as for MPs and government representatives at the federal, Länder and local levels.

Nina Schillings

is a programme manager with the events department at the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb. As a political scientist and expert in commemorative culture and participatory youth education, she has been organizing international events since 2013. At histoCON:LINE she focused on the formats histoVOICES and histoMEETS.




Lisa Sebold

is a programme assistant of the project histoCON at the Federal Agency for Civic Education/ bpb. Within her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cologne & the University of Jordan, she focused on history and politics of the MENA Region and the Arabic Language (Modern Standard). To reflect on theoretical concepts of National, European or Global regarding long term effects of Civic Education, she was involved in NACE (Network Arab Civic Education) and the CEC III (Civic Education Conference) in 2018 in Morocco. At histoCON:LINE she focused on the formats histoPOD, histoVOICES and the publicity work.

Charlotte Jahnz

is a programme manager with the events department at the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb. As a historian she has a focus on commemorative culture and has worked on various digital formats for history education, one of which was the twitter account @digitalpast, which reported on the end of the Second World War in Germany in 2015. At histoCON:LINE she focused on the formats histoPOD and histoSPOT.


Stephan Hesse

is a programme assistant with the events department at the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb. He studied history and political science and focuses on contemporary history as well as commemorative practices in Spain and Germany. As the youngest member of Team histoCON:LINE it is his first international event with young people from all over the world.

Stefanie Aznan

is a programme manager with the events department at the German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb. As an anthropologist and cultural manager she has implemented various projects and events with international film and literature festivals and with civil society organisations in the field of arts education, cultural learning and international exchange. At histoCON:LINE she focused on the formats histoTALK and histoMEETS.

Petra Grüne

has been in charge of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education’s Events Department since 2006. She has been working there since 1991 in a number of different fields and positions, including heading a comprehensive evaluation of the “bpb” in 1999 that eventually led to a reshuffling of the organisation. Today she is the Head of the Event Department of the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Bonn and Berlin. At histoCON:LINE she focused on the Opening Live Panel with international guests.