- Prof. Marju Lauristin is a social scientist, Professor Emeritus in the field of social communication at the University of Tartu and until recently an Estonian Member of the European Parliament in the Group of Socialists and Democrats.
In 2015 one of the major Estonian daily newspapers Eesti Päevaleht evaluated prof Lauristin as the most influential Estonian politician, who is “the opinion leader regarding social processes, and whose voice matters both within the political party and outside it”. In the European Parliament she was an active member of the LIBE Committee, where she was appointed rapporteur of the Data Protection Directive and shadow rapporteur for the General Data Protection Regulation. She has an academic career in social sciences and is a Professor in Tartu University since 1995. Prof. Lauristin was one of the establishing members of ‘Rahvarinne’ in 1988, the first large-scale independent political movement in Estonia since the beginning of the Soviet occupation. She has since been Chairman of the Estonian Social Democratic Party, deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament, minister of Social Affairs of Estonia, and member of the Estonian Parliament.
Marju Lauristin has done extensive research in the field of integration, culture and identity, media use and role of media in integration context, civil society and social capital and number of others.
Prof. Marju Lauristin
University of Tartu
- Rob Berkeley MBE is the BBC Project Lead, Audience Accountability, previously in 2009 – 2013 he has been the Director of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading race equality think tank and Deputy Director of Runnymede between 2005 and 2009.
Rob has focused his academic and activist work on equality and justice – in particular in the areas of race/ethnicity, LGBT rights, and the intersections between the two. His doctoral studies at the University of Oxford focused on exclusion from school. He is now developing his understanding of broadcasting policy, working in strategy at the BBC. Working at the UK’s leading race equality think tank enabled him to develop his skills, expertise and networks across a broad range of social policy areas at local, national and international levels. An educationalist by academic background, his current interests lie in broadcasting and arts, understanding power dynamics, capitalising on the potential of communications technologies for promoting justice and good governance, and building new coalitions for change.
He has previously been Chair of governors at a South London primary school, Chair of Naz Project London, a Trustee of Stonewall, and a member of the Commission on 2020 Public Services. He is currently a trustee of the Baring Foundation and the Equality and Diversity Forum and a member of the Cabinet Office Review of Consultation Principles Independent Advisory Panel.
How diversity and inclusion will save public service media.
Rob Berkeley will use the presentation to reflect on atomisation in the public sphere, efforts to bring people together across ethnic/class/regional barriers, and the challenges of addressing inequalities/discrimination in public debate.
Rob Berkeley MBE
- Laurentiu Ciobanica (Mr) is a French and Romanian national, currently serving as IOM’s Chief of Mission in Ireland. For over 25 years, Mr CIOBANICA has occupied various communication functions at the organization’s HQ in Geneva, and has been IOM’s Head of Mass and Corporate Communications. In this capacity, Mr CIOBANICA has overseen the design and implementation of over 120 mass communications campaigns world-wide; brought in funding in excess of USD mil. 20 for the organization for communication activities and projects – a new field of activity for IOM; has developed thousands of information and communication materials and made IOM a world leader in mass communication with migrant audiences for which he has considerably increased its public profile and notoriety. Mr CIOBANICA has ample experience in working and dealing with the mainstream, online and informal media with which it has routinely collaborated as part of his responsibilities.
Media and Migration: Foes or Friends? Media platforms: effective tools for promoting understanding, respect for diversity, social harmony?
The presentation will cover the main challenges of media coverage of issues related to migration, including divergent functionalities and purposes, and discusses the possible approach that may bridge these „unnatural partners – starting from negotiating the roles and interests of diferent stakeholders, making them heard and designing and maintaining positiive and benevolent perceptions and attitudes. The presentation moves from particular examples to painting the bigger Picture, pointing out the important communication principles to be employed.
- Dr. Milton J. Bennett is the author of Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, used internationally to guide intercultural training design and to assess intercultural competence. In 2006 he founded the Intercultural Development Research Institute (IDRI), whose mission is to sponsor new theory and research in intercultural development, to formalize a developmental approach to intercultural adaptation, and to inform public discourse with scientific study of intercultural relations. IDRI operates in the USA and in Italy.
Dr. Bennett is an adjunct professor of intercultural studies in the Department of Sociology of the University of Milano Bicocca in Italy and also teaches in the graduate programs of the University of Switzerland in Lugano, Danube University in Krems, Austria, and Peking University Summer School in Beijing, China.
Dr. Bennett is the author of Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Paradigms, Principles, & Practices, co-editor and contributor to the third edition of The Handbook of Intercultural Training (Sage, 2004), and the author of many articles on intercultural competence and global leadership for American and European publications.
Intercultural Development Research Institute
Department of Sociology of the University of Milano Bicocca
- Peeter Mehisto (University College London Institute of Education) has sparked ideas and cooperated with a wide range of stakeholders to launch substantial new public programmes. This has included the co-creation of the highly successful national bilingual education programme in Estonia.
Peeter Mehisto has worked primarily in Europe, Asia and North America to support the development and management of bilingual and trilingual programmes, at the primary, secondary and/or university levels. He is the lead author of the awarding-winning book Uncovering CLIL published by Macmillan (2008). His more recent books (two of which are co-publications) have been published by Cambridge University Press. These are addressed to teachers, school administrators, regional and national officials, as well as to the research community.
Finding common ground: Building an education system that supports perspective-taking and multilingualism
The talk explores how nations have failed and/or succeeded in building bilingual education systems. These systems are inevitably multicultural, but can still serve national interests without undermining social cohesion. Stakeholder inclusion, a solid knowledge base in diverse fields, effective leadership and management, and growth mindsets are all hallmarks of such systems.
University College London Institute of Education
- Mr Mika Launikari (M.Sc.Econ.) has been working in the field of lifelong guidance since 1995. Currently he is employed by the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), where his duties include internationalisation of guidance and counselling services. During his professional career he has been involved in international guidance cooperation (policy, research, practice) with European Union institutions (European Commission, Cedefop, European Training Foundation, etc.) and European networks (Euroguidance, European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, European Employment Services, etc.). Further, he has published reports, books and articles, managed large-scale development projects, acted as a trainer and presented papers at numerous international conferences. His special interests are multicultural guidance and counselling, guidance supporting employability and EU policy and strategy developments in the fields of lifelong learning and employment. In 2014, he initiated his doctoral research on intra-EU labour mobility at the University of Helsinki (Faculty of Educational Sciences). See also www.launikari.eu
“Multicultural guidance and counselling seen through the lenses of identification, diversity and career capital”
In Finland and across Europe, multicultural counselling competences of guidance practitioners have been widely discussed since 2015. Migrants who have recently arrived in the EU28 need information, advice and guidance support for their learning path and access to the labor market in the new country. Often guidance practitioners feel that they lack the professional skills and resources to provide high-quality services to people with a different cultural background. At the same time, their migrant clients may not even understand what guidance is all about or how it can be helpful for them.
All individuals have multiple identities that they have developed through their belonging to different groups and sub-cultures within the broader society. Identity is a lifelong evolutionary process, in which becoming in the future as well as being in the past and in the present are closely intertwined. Seen this way, identity is a developmental resource that allows us to conduct and construct ourselves through relationships with others. Guidance counsellors must know themselves well enough to be able to work efficiently with their diverse clientele from near and far.
Career capital consists of three different types of knowing. Knowing-why deals with aspirations, motivations and identity as well as how and why people derive meaning out of their work and learning. Knowing-how covers skills and expertise that will be in demand for a particular professional role or occupational field. Knowing-whom involves building and managing one’s social network of professional contacts in the interest of one’s career advancement and valuable informational and emotional resources. Do I as a guidance counsellor myself have all these areas of knowing well covered? How can I as a professional guidance counsellor empower my migrant clients and help them to develop their career capital?
Mr Mika Launikari (M.Sc.Econ.)
Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI)
- Prof. Martin Ehala has started his journey as a linguist and a scientist in 1985 at Tallinn Pedagogical university, later in 1991 he obtained Master’s degree in language sciences at the University of Cambridge, and in 1996 defended his PhD “Self-organisation and language change: The theory of linguistic bifurcations”. Since 1998 he is a professor at Tallinn University, and since 2009 a professor at University of Tartu. As a scientist, prof. Martin Ehala has been interested in sociolinguistics and sustainability of languages, morphosyntactic development of Estonian language and native language studies. He is a leader of institutional research topic „Sustainability of Estonian language in an open world“.
In the field of native language studies prof. Ehala has changed the teaching of Estonian language towards being more practical, keeping in mind the requirements of daily language use. Language books authored by him, like “Noor keelekasutaja” (“Young language user”), “Kirjutamise kunst” (“The art of writing”) or “Eesti keele struktuur” (“The structure of Estonian language”) have become a sort of benchmarks, not mentioning the design of language learning curricula or starting a new movement for language teaching.
In his recently published monography “Signs of identity. The anatomy of belonging” prof. Ehala questions the existing premises of identity theory. Based on the results obtained within frameworks of various scientific fields, the “Signs of identity” proposes a novel theory of identity, which could shortly be described as “sign theory of identity”. According to this, each identity is in its essence a sign, as this term is used in semiotics and language sciences.
“Inclusion, cohesion, and academic achievement”
Inclusion, cohesion and academic achievement are three key aims for every system of comprehensive education, and more broadly, for every society. These three goals are partially conflicting. Maximizing inclusion, the outcomes for cohesion and achievement suffer. Maximizing cohesion will harm creative achievement and inclusion of nonconformists.
Prof. Martin Ehala
University of Tartu
- Marco Martinello is Research Director at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS) and the director of the Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM) at the University of Liège and the Vice-Dean for Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the same University. He teaches Sociology and Politics at the University of Liège and was visiting scholar or visiting professor in different universities in United states, Sweden, France, UK, Australia, South Africa, Italy and Switzerland. He has BA in Sociology and PhD in Social and Political Science, European University Institute Florence (Italy).
Marco Martinello is also a founding member of the European Research Network IMISCOE and was President of the Research Committee n°31 Sociology of Migration (International Sociological Association) from 2008 to 2014. He is the author, editor or co-editor of numerous articles, book chapters, reports and books on migration, ethnicity, racism, multiculturalism and citizenship. His current research examines the artistic expression and participation of immigrant, ethnicized and racialized minorities in super-diverse cities and countries.
Glocal communities of artistic practices and the slow emergence of a post-racial generation
The paper sheds light on a neglected urban process in our heavily racialized and polarized contemporary societies: the slow emergence of global post-racial generation through artistic collaboration that are both locally rooted and transnationally connected.
On the one hand, race and racism clearly still matter at the social level. In many places, racist exclusion and racist behaviours even seem to be on the rise with the growth of extreme right-wing political movements and parties formations. But on the other hand, a part of urban youth transcends ethnic, racial, gender, class and religious boundaries in their daily life. Used to living together whatever their assigned identity, they challenge more of less consciously the mainstream racism and ethnicism manly through an active and intense collaboration in various artistic projects in various disciplines (music, dance, theatre, etc.).
The paper, based on qualitative empirical date will explore the way of life of this ‘post-racial generation’, which is very much rooted locally and also imbedded in strong transnational connections.
Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS)
- Silje Eikemo Sande is a project manager at the Arts Council Norway, the project Culture and inclusion in the Nordic countries is part of the Norwegian chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers. She has recently worked at Akershus county council, a regional political authority, as an advisor to the board of culture. She has a Master degree in cultural studies and history from the University of Roskilde, Denmark. In addition has studied International relation, cultural management and journalism. Silje has worked internationally (in Denmark, USA, Germany) and in Norway with issues related to inclusion, participation and minority rights.
Culture and inclusion in the Nordic countries; the importance of power, place and quality
The project Culture and inclusion in the Nordic countries is an initiative to coordinate and share experiences, knowledge and information about how culture can play a role in the process of integrating refugees, immigrants and people of diverse cultural backgrounds. The foundation of the project is the recognition of the commonalities between the Nordic countries, be it language, social structure and cultural similarities. The project highlights the importance of learning from each other when developing policies and programs that tackles integration issues.
In my presentation I would like to highlight three important factors, as common denominators of the Nordic experience for working with the role of culture in inclusion:• Power. Who has it and what does it mean to be in charge of your own cultural involvement• Place. What is the importance of place when developing programs for cultural inclusion• Quality. What does it mean to have quality as starting point for cultural inclusion
Silje Eikemo Sande
Arts Council Norway
- Dr. Pasi Saukkonen is a political scientist working currently at the City of Helsinki Urban Facts. Previously he has been working as Senior Researcher and as the Director of The Finnish Foundation for Cultural Policy Research (Cupore) and in different positions at the University of Helsinki. He holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Helsinki (political science) and at the University of Jyväskylä (cultural policy). He has published widely on nationalism and national identity, integration policies and politics in a multicultural society. During his career he has also done research on the Finnish political system, on politics and society in Belgium and in the Netherlands and on Finnish local and national cultural policy. He is a member of the Finnish National Commission for Unesco and of the Finnish Advisory Board of Language Issues.
“Culture, cultural policy and cultural diversity”, dealing with:
Western societies have become ethnically and culturally increasingly diverse, and this diversity is getting increasingly complex. The accommodation of arts policies and cultural policies to changing societal realities has been slow and cumbersome. Arts and culture, both high and popular, can play an important role in the making of well-functioning and resilient diverse societies. This role, however, can only be fulfilled if there is enough common understanding of contemporary challenges and willingness to tackle them.
Dr. Pasi Saukkonen
City of Helsinki Urban Facts
- Paavo Piik is an Estonian theatre writer and director with an NGO background. In his works he has used interviews and other documentary devices to treat contemporary topics such as depression, prisons, young teachers, unhappy single women and, well, more pertinently, cultural minorities. He is a founder and active member of Estonian theatre group Kinoteater, which often combines humour and activism on stage and screen.
Bringing people together while hating integration: practical lessons from working with Russian and Estonian actors
Paavo Piik draws on his experience from working on two arts’ projects that aimed to deal with the matter of “integrating” Russians and Estonians. He looks at the main problems involved and sketches out some reminders for the future.
- Zsuzsa Csergő (Ph.D. in Political Science) is Associate Professor and Head of the Political Studies Department at Queen’s University, Canada. She is also President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN). ASN is the leading international scholarly association in the field of ethnicity and nationalism studies broadly defined, with a particular geographic focus on Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, and Eurasia.
Dr. Csergő specializes in the study of nationalism in contemporary European politics, with a particular focus on post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. She is currently writing a comparative book about the conditions of minority integration in new EU member states of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Her first book, Talk of the Nation: Language and Conflict in Romania and Slovakia (Cornell University Press, 2007) focused on the impact of democratization and Europeanization on majority-minority contestations over language use. Her articles have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Foreign Policy, Publius, Nations and Nationalism, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism and other journals.
Zsuzsa Csergő has received a number of prestigious academic awards and fellowships, including the 2005 Sherman Emerging Scholar Award from the University of North Carolina; the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (Fall 2006); research grants from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Institute for the Study of World Politics, the American Council of Learned Societies and Social Science Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; and a Distinguished Alumna Award from the George Washington University.
“The role of intermediary institutions in minority integration”
In societies that achieve and sustain democratic governance, formal institutions of democracy are complemented by a robust set of intermediary institutions that enable social actors to articulate, deliberate, and negotiate diverse interests, and to practice diverse forms of social life. There is a growing body of relevant research about the dangers of minority alienation and marginalization. There is also an increasing repertoire of research about minority social networks focused on immigrant communities.
This presentation will focus on these questions in a way that highlights the significance of minority intermediary institutions, and draws comparative lessons from North American scholarship.
Prof. Zsuzsa Csergő
Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) / Queen’s University, Canada
- Mr. Bob Deen is a Senior Adviser to the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and heads the section covering Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. He holds a MSc in Nationalism and Ethnicity from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MA in International Relations from the University of Groningen. His professional and research interests include conflict prevention, inter-ethnic relations and political risk analysis.
Prior to joining the HCNM Bob worked as a Political Adviser to the European Union Special Representative for the South Caucasus, as a Research Fellow in Governance and Political Economy for the Conflict Research Unit of the Dutch Institute for International Relations “Clingendael” and as Regional Co-ordinator for Central Asia for the NGO “ACTED” in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
His presentation will cover the experience of the HCNM in assisting OSCE participating States to accommodate ethnic and linguistic diversity. He will particularly focus on how the HCNM as a conflict prevention institution works with Governments and civil society to find a balance between on the one hand the need to promote the integration of society and on the other hand the protection and promotion of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities.
Mr. Bob Deen
Senior Adviser to the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM), OSCE
- Omar Khan is the director of Runnymede – the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank that generates intelligence for a multi-ethnic Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement. Omar is a Governor at the University of East London and a 2012 Clore Social Leadership Fellow. Omar’s other advisory positions include chair of Olmec, chair of the Ethnicity Strand Advisory Group to Understanding Society, chair of the advisory group of the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester, Commissioner on the Financial Inclusion Commission and a member of the 2014 REF assessment, the 2011 Census, and the UK representative (2009-2013) on the European Commission’s Socio-economic network of experts.
Omar has published many articles and reports on political theory and British political history for Runnymede and has spoken on topics including multiculturalism, integration, socio-economic disadvantage, and positive action. These include giving evidence to the United Nations in Geneva, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, academic conferences in Manchester, Oxford, Paris, and Warsaw, the CRE Race Convention, the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights, a Treasury/DFID conference on remittances, St George’s House (Windsor Castle), Wilton Park, and many other engagements in the UK and Europe.
Omar completed his DPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford, a Masters in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters in South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
- Prof. Nadezhda Lebedeva is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Head of the International Laboratory for Socio-cultural Research at The National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. She is Academic Director of double degree Master Program on Applied Social Psychology of HSE, Russia and Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Her research interests are values, identity, intercultural relations, acculturation, creativity and innovations, social and cultural change. She is the author/editor of 26 books and over 250 articles on social and cross-cultural psychology.
Prof. Nadezhda Lebedeva
Head of the International Laboratory for Socio-cultural Research at National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia
- Maris Jõgeva is an executive director for the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organisations (NENO), the only cross-sectoral civil society network in Estonia with a mission to advocate for the development and promotion of civic action and civil society in Estonia. She is also member of the Board in the European Network of National Civil Society Associations (ENNA), representing interests of organised civil society in Europe. Her main expertise is government-civil society relations, funding of civil society and involving civil society in public policy making. Before joining NENO she worked for the Ministry of Interior on issues concerning civil society development, and later for Open Estonia Foundation, mostly focusing on civic education and capacity building of CSOs. She has masters degree in social work and social policy from Tartu University, and has closely participated in national as well as European civic initiatives.
The presentation will focus on the role of civil society in supporting inclusion and diversity in the communitis. It is based on the assumption that potential in civil society and its networks is often underestimated, while empowerment of local community action could be used more as a measure. Presentation will bring out some obstacles and even myths why the efforts do not succeed, and concludes with recommendations on how to build a well-designed support structure for inclusive social networks, that could be a key for cohesion on larger scale.
Opinion Festival, NENO, Estonia
- Ms Katerina Danilova is a Head of Communication of Estonian Opinion Festival (“Arvamusfestival”), that during two days in August provides space for more then 200 discussions on variety of topics important for Estonian society and more then 10 000 people. Katerina is a civil society activist with a background in communication, who helps different NGOs to build up their communication in a broad sense of the term. She has also advised some NGOs in Ukraine and Moldova through sharing Estonian expertise and developed Russian part of Debate Society while she was a student.
Ms. Katerina Danilova
Head of Communication; Estonian Opinion Festival (“Arvamusfestival”), Estonia
- Merit Rickberg is a PhD student at the Department of Semiotics of the University of Tartu. Her field of scientific interest includes Semiotics of History, Ideology and Public History, National Conflicts and Identity.
PhD student, University of Tartu
- Timur Guzairov is a PhD Researcher at the Department of Slavic Studies of the University of Tartu. His field of scientific interest includes Literature and Ideology, School Textbooks, History of the Russian Empire, Public History.
PhD Researcher, University of Tartu
- How to make a network in your local community bringing people together!
A tiny fb-group only meant to provide free coffee to a small café inside a Danish Asylum Center has within three years turned into a national movement holding 150.000 members from all over the world. Mads Nygaard, one of the founders, will thorugh a workshop invite you all into the secret behind the success. It’s simple. And can be done within a day. Locally.
Writer and playwright. And 46 odd jobs on the CV. One being at the asylum center in Hjørring housing 485 asylum seekers from 25 nations.
- Didzis Melbiksis has worked for UNHCR for the last three years and is currently organisation’s spokesperson for Estonia and Latvia. He has previously worked as a journalists mostly for the radio, but also for web and print in Latvian, English and Swedish languages. His radio show “Uncomfortable Questions” received national award in Latvia for developing media journalism. His academic background is human rights studies, and he has been a strong advocate of democracy, human rights, rule of law and press freedoms for the last decade.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation mandated to protecting rights for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. The organization was established in 1950 and has since then helped millions of people and has been awarded Nobel Peace Prize twice for its efforts. Estonia is covered by UNHCR Regional Representation for Northern Europe, an office based in Stockholm.
Mr. Didzis Melbiksis
Associate Communication / PI Officer, Spokesperson for Latvia and Estonia, UNHCR Regional Representation for Northern Europe
- Dr. Agnese Hermane is assistant professor of arts management and cultural policy at the Latvian Academy of Culture. She has worked as international project manager in theatre and visual arts. Her research interests are related to festival and event impacts, cultural accessibility, audience development and sustainability of Song and Dance Celebration tradition.
How inclusive is Song and Dance Celebration?
The Song and Dance Celebration is the most characteristic cultural tradition of Latvia – a mega-event, an identity building phenomenon, that on various levels and through various forms of participation involves a great part of the society, including minorities and diaspora groups. At the same time, part of the society feels excluded from the participation. The presentation will include data on various participating social groups in Latvia as well as recently obtained comparative data from the survey focused on Song and Dance Celebration that was conducted amond populations of all three Baltic countries.
Dr. Agnese Hermane
Latvian Academy of Culture
- Dr. Egge Kulbok-Lattik is a researcher of cultural policy and a social scientist, whose research interests include the cultural practices employed within the political systems in the recent history of Estonia and Europe, as well as within wider scope of modern mass culture. Currently she works as an adviser to the Prime Minister of Estonia in the field of culture, education and population, and is working on launching KUPUKE – the center for cultural policy research in Estonia.
Dr. Egge Kulbok-Lattik