29 November 2016
Registration & welcome coffee
Conference opening and welcome address. Estonian Minister of Culture Mr Indrek Saar and Chair of Supervisory board of Integration and Migration Foundation Our People Dr. Kristina Kallas
10:30 – 12:00
Radicalization – inevitability or call for action?
Given the changing context of the refugee crisis, increased economic instability, and rise of right-wing discourse; what are the key challenges for ensuring cohesion in increasingly diverse societies? How does increasing migration influence relations between existing cultural and ethnic groups? What are the main drivers of radicalization and how can we as individuals or as part of the society as a whole, prevent politics of fear and polarization from weakening our societies? What are the lessons learned of effective prevention and combating of radicalization?
Prof. Shamit Saggar, Professor of Public Policy, University of Essex, United Kingdom
Prof. Ringo Ringvee, Advisor at the Religious Affairs Department, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Estonia
Ms. Linda Noor, Director, MINOTENK, Norway
Moderator: Dr. Kristina Kallas, Supervisory board of Integration and Migration Foundation, Estonia
12:00 – 13:00
Lunch (provided by organisers)
13:00 – 14:40
Culture, religion, history, language – what determines whether these factors divide or enrich societies?
How to reach or maintain unity in the context of historically, culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse societies. What is the role of national identity and identities of minority groups? How should the state interact with people who are seeking for autonomous identity, and with marginalised groups? Research insights on acculturation of Turkish minority in Germany. Policy and program implications from research of Mutual Intercultural Relations in Plural Societies.
Prof. John Berry, Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University, Canada
Prof. Haci-Halil Uslucan, Deputy Chairman, the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration, Germany
Prof. Triin Vihalemm, Professor of communication research, Tartu University, Estonia
Moderator: Prof. Raivo Vetik, Professor of Comparative Politics, Tallinn University, Estonia
14:40 – 14:50
Divide into workshops
14:50 – 16:20
16:20 – 16:50
16:50 – 18:20
What are the benefits and challenges of diversity and inclusion in the labor market?
The role of diversity and inclusion in the workplace is changing. This is primarily due to rapid technological advancements, globalization, immigration, increased demand for skills and education, and in part because of the worldwide effects of an ageing workforce. Globalization also seems to bring common phenomena with it—one of which is migrants being segmented to the darkest sides of the labor market. What are the main drivers of ethnic segregation in the labor market, what are the effective means and best practices of overcoming them? What are the roles and benefits for various stakeholders?
Prof. Uduak Archibong MBE, Professor of Diversity, University of Bradford, United Kingdom
Ms. Villiina Kazi, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland
Mr. Raivo Vare, Entrepreneur and statesman, Estonia
Mr. Kristjan Kaldur, Member of the Board, Institute of Baltic Studies, Estonia
Moderator: Ms. Kelly Grossthal, Diversity Management Program manager, Human Rights Centre, Estonia
19:00 – 21:00
Conference reception and dinner for conference participants at Estonian Academy of Science, Kohtu 6
30 November 2016
9:00 – 10:30
The role of civil society in supporting diversity at grass-root level
What is the role of civil society in supporting integration in the society? When does diversity become a challenge? What part does it play in facilitating cooperation of different stakeholders – the state, local municipalities, private enterprises, individuals – for the benefit of common goal? What are the examples of initiatives efficiently resolving problems and addressing acute needs?
Prof. Mikko Lagerspetz, Sociology professor, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Ms. Katerina Danilova, Head of communications, Estonian Opinion Festival (“Arvamusfestival”), Estonia
Mr. Leif Magnusson, Director, Multiculture Centre in Botkyrka and Unesco-LUCS, Sweden
Mr. Mads Nygaard, writer and playwright, Venligboerne (friendly citizens), Denmark
Moderator: Mr. Dmitri Fefilov, Estonian National Television
10:30 – 10:45
Divide into workshops
10:45 – 12:15
12:15 – 12:45
12:45 – 14:15
Cultural diversity and cultural learning in education
What impact is increasing cultural diversity having on the education system? What are some of the main challenges when addressing cultural and religious diversity in the education sector? What is the role of the education system in facilitating peaceful and inclusive intercultural relations in society? Studying together or studying apart? Pluses and minuses of Estonian current system of Russian and Estonian-language schools.
Dr. Katarina Norberg, Associate Professor of education, Umeå University, Sweden
Dr. Aune Valk, Head of Analysis Department, Ministry of Education and Research, Estonia
Mr. Rasmus Rask, Kalamaja Open School, Estonia
Moderator: Ms. Kristi Ockba, Mondo, Eestonia
Working language is English, with simultaneous translation to Estonian.
The conference is organised by Estonian Integration and Migration Foundation Our People (MISA) with the support of Estonian Ministry of Culture and partnering organisations and with the help of The British Council, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Royal Danish Embassy, Tallinn University and other partners.