- Prof. Shamit Saggar is a professor of Public Policy and a director of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership at the University of Essex, UK. Prof. Saggar’s experience includes international academia and senior policymaking roles, spanning more than 25 years, including being a Professor of Political Science, University of Sussex; Yale World Fellow, Yale University; Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit; Board member of British Future think tank; a Commissioner at the RSA Migration Commission and National Asylum Commission – and many other positions. He has published a number of books, one of his his latest books is Pariah Politics: Understanding Western Radical Islamism and What Should be Done, was published in 2011 by Oxford.
Sympathy for terrorism: inspecting the evidence
There is a lot of evidence purporting to describe a circle of tacit support for violent extremism. I will review this and look closely at three questions: a) what are the key gaps in the evidence base?; b) is there a relationship between non-violent extremism and violent extremism?; and c) what is the sensible place for government to intervene?
Prof. Shamit Saggar
Professor of Public Policy
University of Essex, United Kingdom
- Prof. Ringo Ringvee is the adviser at the religious affairs department at the Estonian Ministry of the Interior and an historian of religion. He received his Masters degree from the University of Helsinki, and his PhD from University of Tartu. His academic interest has been on the relations between state and religions, especially in post-Soviet Estonia.
Immigration, Radicalization, Security
The ongoing conflicts/wars in the Muslim world and the migration crisis in Europe with accompanied radicalization processes have created new security situation for the Western societies. The intervention argues that for securing the existence of the current liberal democratic societies, as we know them in Europe, a new approach on security is needed. This means both need for a smarter security as well as more efficient and nuanced legal measures and preventive strategies in tackling violent radicalization and promotion of it. These measures include more close cooperation and coordination between different governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations. The changing situation sets new challenges also on the integration policies in Europe
Prof. Ringo Ringvee
Ministry of the Interior, Estonia
- Ms. Linda Noor has a MA in Social Anthropology with specialization in Islam and Middle Eastern studies. She is the director of the minority political think tank Minotenk and takes an active part in the public debate about violent extremism, radicalization and jihadism through lectures, op-eds, and participation in broadcast media. Her efforts include several programs to empower youth and promote role models. She has edited three books: about youth and belonging, radicalization and Islamic Humanism. She consulted on the Norwegian government’s latest Action Plan against Radicalization and Violent Extremism. In 2015, she was invited by President Obama to speak at the “Countering Violent Extremism Summit” at the White House.
The Fear Factor
The terrorists are trying to force us into battle mode. We, both as individuals and as a society, need to be aware of our role in the terrorist’s theatre. Groups like ISIS want to erase the “grey zone”, and force us to chose one side in a black and white world order. How can we prevent politics of fear and polarization to weaken our societies?
Minority Political Think Tank
- Prof. John Berry is a Professor Emeritus at Queens University, a Research Professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, and a member of the advisory board for the Social Interactions, Identity, and Well-being program of CIFAR. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Athens and Université de Genève. He has a long-standing research career concerning acculturation, multiculturalism and intercultural relations, and has been especially concerned about the well-being of marginalized groups including indigenous populations and immigrants. His expertise is sought by communities and nations around the world in their effort to develop policies and programs to promote inclusiveness and well-being of vulnerable groups.
How Shall We all Live Together?
The presentation by Prof. John Berry will focus on findings from the research project ‘Mutual Intercultural Relations in Plural Societies’ that has been carried out in 16 countries including Estonia, Finland, Norway, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, and Canada. Some policy and programme implications from this work will be suggested.
Prof. John Berry
Queens University, Canada
- Prof. Dr. Haci-Halil Uslucan is the Deputy Chairman of The Expert Council of the German Foundations on Integration and Migration and a Professor of Modern Turkish Studies and Academic Head of the Zentrum für Türkeistudien und Integrationsforschung at the University of Duisburg-Essen. His fields of expertise are developmental and educational psychology, comparative cultural psychology, migration and mental health, religious education (school and beyond), youth development and education in intercultural contexts.
Religious diversity in Germany: The perception and acculturation of Muslims in Germany
The presentation by Prof. Haci-Halil Uslucan will address the theoretical problems of acculturation of Moslems in Germany, as well as such issues as medial representations and social perceptions of Moslems, managing religious diversity in administration and politics, some results in context of school and education, along with conclusions/Implications for strengthening social participation of Muslims and social cohesion.
Prof. Dr. Haci-Halil Uslucan
The Expert Council of the German Foundations on Integration and Migration, Germany
- Prof. Triin Vihalemm is professor of communication research in the University of Tartu. She is currently leading the Chair of Media and Communication at the Institute of Social Studies in Tartu University. Her main research interest is social change and communication. Her favourite approach is to start the analysis from the prism of people’s mundane, everyday habits and routines and gradually move towards the underlying nexuses of social norms, cultural symbols, material environment and sanctions that coordinate the social practices. A significant part of over 90 scientific articles and book chapters published by Triin Vihalemm deal with acculturation of Russian-speaking population in Estonia after the collapse of SU: the change of their language and media practices and identity. She has also participated, as a leader or team member, in several national and international projects analysing the interventions and communication programs.
Triin Vihalemm will speak at the conference about the patterns of social involvement and identity of Russian-speaking population in Estonian society, and will pose a question about how the state should interact with people who are seeking for autonomous identity, and with marginalised groups.
Prof. Triin Vihalemm
Professor of Communication Research
University of Tartu, Estonia
Prof. Raivo Vetik is a Professor of Comparative Politics at Tallinn University. Raivo Vetik obtained PhD from Tampere University in 1998, in 1995-1996,2004-2005 he has been awarded Fulbright Scholarship for working in University of California, Irvine. He is a founder of Estonian Political Science Association and a member of a number of international organisations, such as Estonian Association of Sociologist, European Sociological Association, Finnish Semiotic Association, Hungarian Semiotic Association.
Raivo Vetik has done extensive research in the field of political and administrative sciences, focusing on politics of integration, ethnic relations and multiculturalism and consolidation of democracy, with primary focus on integration of Russian minority in Estonia. He is an author of numerous publications related to these topics and has supervised research in the field.
At the conference Prof Raivo vetik will moderate the panel discussion “Culture, religion, history, language – what determines whether these factors divide or enrich societies?” and will present at the workshop “Russian minorities and Russian migrants – integration challenges and perspectives in Estonia and Norway”, presentation based on international research project run by Tallinn University and Bergen University “Political and sociopsychological determinants of inclusive integration context and their interdependencies (DIMA)”, supported by EEA Grants / Norway Grants.
Prof. Raivo Vetik
Professor of Comparative Politics
Tallinn University, Estonia
Professor David Lackland Sam has visited and given lectures/seminars at a number of leading universities including Konstanz University, Germany); University of Helsinki (Finland); Claremont Graduate College, (US, California); and the University of Newcastle (Australia), Brandeis University (US, Massachusetts). Sam was an Associate scholar at Queen’s University, Ontario, (Canada), Fulbright scholar at the California State University (Los Angeles), a Visiting Scholar at the University of Hawaii (Honolulu), and Brandeis University (Boston).
Sam’s main research interest is in the area of psychology of acculturation, and the role of culture in health and human development. Sam is a Fellow of the International Academy of Intercultural Relations (IAIR), and he was the recipient of the IAIR’s Early Career Award for 2004. He is the European representative of the Executive committee of the International Association of Cross-cultural psychology. Sam co-edited two books on acculturation in 2006, and is currently consulting editor for the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, and the European Journal of Developmental Psychology.
Professor Sam will present in parallel workshop “Russian minorities and Russian migrants – integration challenges and perspectives in Estonia and Norway” presentation based on international research project run by Tallinn University and Bergen University “Political and sociopsychological determinants of inclusive integration context and their interdependencies (DIMA)”, supported by EEA Grants / Norway Grants.
Prof. David Lackland Sam
Bergen University, Norway
- Petr Potchinchtchikov is an entrepreneur and cultural producer. Petr is specializing in cultural localization, and works as a project coordinator for a multicultural roof organization, freelance moderator and facilitator. He also works as expert for Art Promotion Center Finland (member of National Council for Interdisciplinary Art, Diversity and International Activities; chairperson of Subcommittee for multiculturalism). Previously Petr has worked as executive manager of FARO – Finnish Association of Russian-speaking Organisations, and in The Culture for All Service Finland.
Comparing aspects of multiculturalism and interculturalism as inseparable elements of integration process
The presentation will deal with the questions of multuculturalism and interculturality based on experience of being involved in a number of integration activities in Finland over the span of over 20 years, as an expert and a Russian-speaker who is integrating into Finnish society since 1994. I will highlight some general questions of integration, such as language learning, the image of migrants integrating in the society, distance of integrating cultures, specifics of second and third generation, and present them both from the perspective of the society, and of migrant group – in this particular case Russian-speakers in Finland.
Entrepreneur and cultural producer
Art Promotion Center, Finland
- Marianne Leppik (MA) is a PhD student of media and communication at the Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia. Her research is focused on foreign-origin population (Russian-speakers) in Estonia and she is investigating their media use, identity and adaptation to society. Marianne Leppik also Works as senior analyst at the Ministry of Education and Science.
Ways of self-positioning through the reception of news among Estonian Russian-speakers
This study analyses interactions between ways of interpretation of political and economic journalistic production and peoples’ self-positioning within larger ideological dispositions as a part of the identity (trans)formation process in times of acceleration of political (Ukrainian) crisis. Based on a qualitative study of Russian-speakers who settled in Estonia during Soviet annexation, the younger generation, who were born and raised in the independent Estonian Republic, and the new wave of immigrants who have come to Estonia during the last seven years, this paper investigates the ways how local embeddedness contributes into the interpretative practices and vice versa, how the involvement into the mediated conflict may shape the patterns of social, political and cultural involvement and identity.
University of Tartu, Estonia
- Prof. Uduak Archibong MBE is Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, UK, where she directs the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity and provides strategic oversight for equality and diversity across the institution. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa, Visiting Professor at the Central University College in Ghana, Fellow of the West African College of Nursing and Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. Her research, teaching and knowledge transfer activities broadly cover the areas of workforce diversity, diversity competent leadership development, family-centered health care and cross-cultural negotiation of community / family access to, and engagement in health and social services.
Leadership role in promoting diversity and non-discriminating workplaces
The role of diversity and inclusion in workplaces is changing due to rapid technological advancements, globalization, immigration and increased demand for skills and education, and an aging workforce in a large part of the world. Strong diversity management can provide organizations with a competitive advantage in the market. As global and regional demographics change, the continued growth of an organization may be dependent on employees that are better able to understand the diverse backgrounds of the customers, clients, and communities they serve. This presentation will discuss the role of leadership in promoting diversity and non-discriminating work environment, which allow organizations to be effective and successful in the labour market.
Prof. Uduak Archibong MBE
Professor of Diversity
University of Bradford, United Kingdom
- Villiina Kazi is a Senior Specialist at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Department of Employment and Entrepreneurship (Immigrant Integration). She specializes in monitoring and measuring the progress of integration policies. She has an extensive background in academics as a researcher and lecturer in Political Science, and before her current position, worked several years as a Senior Researcher in National Statistics Office (Statistics Finland).
Immigrant Integration in Finland: Policies and Practices
In addition to giving a short overall presentation of the immigrant integration model in Finland, Ms. Kazi will discuss the effectiveness of implementing integration measures in the light of recent research results, address some current practices and approaches in labour market integration policies and measures, as well as challenges facing integration policies with regard to administrative boundaries, regional factors, procedural variations, and labour market rigidity.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Finland
- Mr. Raivo Vare is an Estonian entrepreneur and statesman, expert on transit and economy issues, who is currently serving or has served in Supervisory Board of several state- and private enterprises, foundations and non-profit entities. Raivo Vare has graduated summa cum laude from the Faculty of Law at University of Tartu in 1980 and received EMBA cum laude from Estonian Business School in 2003.
He has worked as the State Minister in transition government of Estonian Republic in 1990-1992 and the Minister of Transport and Communications of Estonian Republic in 1996 – 1999. He has served as the Chairman of Supervisory Board of Estonian Development Fund, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Estonian Cooperation Assembly, member of President’s Academic Advisory Board, Curatorium (Council) of Tartu University and the Advisory Council of Estonian Business School and has worked as director of Bank of Tallinn, CEO and director of Pakterminal Ltd, Development director/member of the MB of Estonian Railways Ltd. Raivo Vare is also well known as consultant and lecturer.
Shrinking workforce pool and challenges of economical development for Estonian economy
Lack of quality workforce is one of major factors limiting Estonian economic development. The increase of regional inequality is gradually becoming crucial in affecting both the labour market and the homogeneity of the state development. Growing mobility and migration, including exodus of workforce from Estonia, also play an integral role in shaping today’s labour market. And the cherry on top of this cake is the looming demographic factor – ageing of the population but also significant decrease in the numbers of younger generation. Historical legacy and mentality limit the possibilities to counterbalance these factors by employing immigration as a compensation mechanism. What can entrepreneurs do in this context? What should they expect from the state?
Entrepreneur and statesman
- Kristjan has worked at the Institute of Baltic Studies since 2007. His main fields of research and interest are migration and integration, along with topics related to basic human rights. In addition he in very much interested in topics related to information society, e-services and e-governance.
He was born in Jõhvi, has master’s degree in comparative politics from University of Tartu, and has supplemented his studies with lõng-term scholarships at universities in Germany and Georgia. Kristjan has working experience from Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication and from Ministry of Education and Research. Apart from working at the Institute of Baltic Studies Kristjan also reads lectures and seminars at the Institute of Governance at Tartu University and supervises BA and MA theses in the field of natsionalism, etnopolitics and migration.
Member of the Board
Institute of Baltic Studies, Estonia
Kelly Grossthal has a degree in Law, and works at the Estonian Human Rights Center as the equal treatment expert. In addition Kelly coordinates the Estonian Diversity Charter which was started by Estonian Human Rights Center in cooperation with Tallinn Technical University, and works to obtain master’s degree in organisational behavior. Kelly works foremost with such topics as equal treatment, strategic prosecution, labor legislation, diversity at the workplace, managing diversity.
At this conference, Kelly will makes a presentation at the parallel workshop ‘Segregation at Estonian labor market – challenges and opportunities’, and will moderate panel discussion “What are the benefits and challenges of diversity and inclusion in the labor market?”
Equal Treatment Expert
Estonian Human Rights Center, Estonia
- Prof. Mikko Lagerspetz (b. 1963 in Turku, Finland) is since 2006 Professor of Sociology at the Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. Before that, he worked at Tallinn University, Estonia, as Professor and director of the Centre for Civil Society Study and Development. His research has mainly focused on civil society, cultural policies, minorities and social problems.
Civil society, diversity and civility
Pluralism of values and identities is one of the corner stones of modern democracy. A challenge for the state-civil society relations is to demarcate the borders of ‘civility’, as opposed both to repressive power and to narrow self-interest.
Prof. Mikko Lagerspetz
Professor of Sociology
Åbo Akademi University, Finland
- 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.
Can discussions only actually help us?
Opinion Festival is a meeting place for the entire community, that gives a word to different political views through discussions between citizens and public, civil, media and business organizations. How do discussions help to understand each other and accept plurality of opinions? Why is this platform helpful and what problems it doesn’t solve at the moment?
Ms. Katerina Danilova
Head of Communication
Estonian Opinion Festival (“Arvamusfestival”), Estonia
- Mr. Leif Magnusson is a director of Multiculture Centre in Botkyrka Sweden and leader for Unesco LUCS. During 2005-2006 Mr Magnusson was chairman in parliamentary group of a national investigation of Swedish integration policy. Unesco LUCS is an organisation founded in 2014 as an initiative of several Swedish municipalities (including Malmo, Borlänge, Botkyrka, Eskilstuna and others) and organisations, implementing an innovative approach in addressing the integration challenges in Swedish context.
How can we improve intercultural and interreligious dialogue in order to create sustainable communities?
Since 2014 Unesco LUCS (Local Unesco Centre for interaction) in Sweden works with politicians, local government, civil society, corporations and research community addressing this dialogue. Unesco LUCS works with its members to interact, investigate and find solutions. In order to explore and establish a new integration paradigm in Sweden built on a perspective of bottom-up approach, Unesco LUCS creates pilot projects. Each pilot project actively contributes both to Unesco work and helps to rethink and to re-establish everyday practices in different fields. Examples; local anti-rumor campaign, cancer information among minorities, refugee and language and friends-network and football as a social arena.
Multiculture Centre in Botkyrka and Unesco-LUCS, Sweden
- Mads Nygaard. Writer and playwright. And 46 odd jobs on the CV. One of them being at the asylum center in Hjørring, housing 485 asylum seekers from 25 nations.
How did an old storage room and the people in it turn into the fastest growing movement in Denmark completely changing the landscape of integration?
Venligboerne (friendly citizens) is about getting to know one another. It all began in the fall of 2014, and now 101 cities and islands have shaped their own group of Venligboerne inside Denmark. We use facebook as modern community houses. We share experiences, we team up, we pitch in with whatever we’ve got and we keep it simple. And most importantly: We’re all equal. The distinction between the Dane and the refugee is never made. We meet side by side, we help each other side by side and we do projects together side by side. An estimated 150.000 people are now Venligboere.
Writer and playwright
- Aleksei Razin has MA in “Education Management”, creative director of the Non-formal Education Center “GAME club”. GAME club has been developing creative, social and educational games since 2006. Our team includes psychologist, pedagogue, career counselor and game architect. Throught the game personality develops freely, briskly and harmoniously. For us an educational game is a clearly designed system, which is based on concrete goals. Most of the games model life-like situations, based on a simple fact that the best teacher is always life itself.
How to develop intercultural competence through non-formal learning methods?
Mr. Aleksei Razin and GameClub will conduct a practical workshop with examples of language games for kids and adults. Workshop participants number limit: 30 people.
Non-formal Education Center “GAME club”, Estonia
- 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.
University of Tartu, 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.
University of Tartu, Estonia
- Dr. Katarina Norberg is Associate Professor in Education at Centre for Principal Development, Umeå University, Sweden. Dr Norberg is member of the board of governors for the UCEA Centre for the Study of Leadership and Ethics. Her research interest is the ethical dimension of school leadership and school leadership for social justice in multicultural schools. She is also supervising school leaders in socio-economic disadvantaged school districts.
Intercultural Education in Turbulent Times. Challenges and possibilities.
The purpose of the presentation is to highlight education’s role and assignment in multicultural settings and how the school’s culture and structure can support students’ learning and development.
Dr. Katarina Norberg
Associate Professor in Education
Centre for Principal Development, Umeå University, Sweden
- Dr. Aune Valk (PhD in psychology) has studied ethnic and national identity among different groups in Estonia as well as in other Baltic and Nordic countries during last 25 years. Previously she has been working at the University of Tartu and also as a national project manager for OECD study of adult skills PIAAC (Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competences). She has published papers and edited books both about different educational as well as cross-cultural issues both in Estonian and in English. She works currently as the head of the analyses department at the Ministry of Education and Research, Estonia.
I have a dream, a dream multicultural school in Estonia
Russian and Estonian children study mostly in separate schools in Estonia. Far more parents support the idea that children from different groups should study together than they actually do. Why? What should be changed in Estonian schools? I dream of school that would support heritage language and culture learning while also develop strong Estonian and European identity among all students.
Dr. Aune Valk
Head of analyses department
Ministry of Education and Research, Estonia
- Rasmus Rask is an entrepreneur. He is involved at several social enterprises in Estonia including Uuskasutuskeskus (Oxfam-like reycling centre), Kiva (an evidence based anti-bullying programme for schools), TESA (think and do tank focusing он public health issues). For the last two years, he has been part of an initiative to launch a primary school which, inter alia, would pilot two-way language immersion.
The school, Kalamaja Avatud Kool, is to start in September 2017. Children from both Estonian-speaking and Russian-speaking families would study together. The subjects and projects would be taught either in Estonian and/or in Russian or English. In addition to the language immersion, the school aims to pilot service learning – an evidence-based project-based learning and other innovative educational methodologies that enable this school to become a model school for 21st century learning approach. As a day job, Rasmus is the founder and CEO of an organic ice cream factory La Muu.
Kalamaja Avatud Kool
Rasmus Rask: I see a problem, when my 10 year old son comes to me and asks: ‘Dad, why exactly we should not like Russians?’ I can of course talk to him but I would also wish Estonia would foster a school system that enables tackling prejudice and stereotypes. I hope Kalamaja Avatud Kool is the first step in doing so.
Mr. Rasmus Rask
Kalamaja Open School, Estonia