1. “Hands-on & minds-on workshop on deconstructing self and other”
Dr. Daria Bahtina (University of California, Los Angeles)
What is the role of a man in a family? How do you celebrate Christmas? The answers to these and similar questions can be used to assess ethnic membership of a person. Whether or not these are actually useful questions will be the topic of our workshop. We will compare practices and beliefs about self and others as we try to act as judges in the Imitation Game. During the demonstration of the experiment the audience is invited to contest their own assumptions about the formation and maintenance of sociocultural groups. In addition to learning more about specific categories relevant for becoming a recognized member of a social group, we will also try to increase granularity of our perception of social classification and to promote participatory research as a tool for raising awareness.
Workshop is in English.
2. “Bridging the narrative gap through culture and commerce”
Victoria Preston (King’s College London), Igor Merheim-Eyre (International Republican Institute)
Recent research into the use of narratives by Russian and other media indicate that these are serving to drive a wedge between communities in both Baltic and the Visegrad states (Poland, Czech, Slovakia, Hungary).
The workshop will open by showing what societal vulnerabilities and fissures are present, and what narratives are used to exploit them by the various media outlets.
We will then discuss some case studies where neutral third-party vectors – such as commerce, English language teaching, arts and music – have been used elsewhere in the world to build reciprocity and bridge difference. (Workshop participants are encouraged to bring along any case studies they would like to include.)
Group discussion will then focus on what could be done in Estonia and the other Baltic states to build reciprocity between the different language groups. By the end of the session, would hope to arrive at 3 or 4 concrete recommendations for further consideration.
Workshop is in English.
3. „Empowerment of youth (non-migrant and migrant origin) as a tool to improve the relationship between majority and minority and to strengthen the cohesion of the society“
Tereza Freidingerová, Ph.D. (People in Need and Faculty of Social Science, Charles University)
The workshop will present activities aiming at empowerment of media and advocacy skills of the youth – potential and actual opinion makers and multipliers in their social circles in order to enrich and support more balanced public debate about migration, integration and living of majority and minorities in Czechia. The workshop will introduce experience of the People in Need in work with youth – students of journalism and migrant second generation leaders.
One part of the workshop will be dedicated to introducing the work that the People in Need project does in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Science, Charles University in Prague, in education students and future journalists with a course “Media and migration” dealing with media framing of migration topics.
The second part of the workshop will focus on the second generation migrants, mostly Vietnamese, who are the largest non-European ethnic group in Czechia, and their grass root activities and movements for dealing with their mixed identities, perceived blurred positions in the society and their everyday reminded otherness.
Workshop is in English.
4. “Implementation of Integration Strategies: Lessons Learned, Challenges and Solutions”
(Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia)
The session’s objective is to share countries’ experiences with implementation of integration policies in Estonia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova. The session will focus on identifying and discussing prominent challenges, potential gaps between initial plans and actual implementation and effective solutions. It will also address issues related to participation of ethnic minority communities and broader civil society in the development and implementation of integration policies.
Workshop is in Russian with simultaneous translation into Estonian and English.
5. „Human Library: Challenging stereotypes to understand diversity“
Ronni Abergel (The Human Library Organization)
This workshop will introduce the Human Library concept and how it is possible to organize a library of your own. There will also be a real Human Library with living books, who will tell their stories and are open for a conversation.
Human Library is a worldwide movement for social change. The idea is that instead of books there are real people with real stories, who are on loan to readers. This kind of approach can bring together people who would not otherwise had met. When registering to participate in the workshop, please keep an open mind!
Workshop is in English, except for the books (Estonian, Russian and English).