Freedom from Fear in a Diverse Society: Hungary

Open to the Public
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 10:00am
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Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

The conference ‘Freedom from Fear in a Diverse Society: Hungary’ is organized as a satellite event of the Council of Europe’s World Forum for Democracy held in Strasbourg on November 18-20, 2015. The Forum seeks to explore the democratic responses to a diverse range of threats – from violent extremism to economic, technological, environmental and geopolitical risks. With the growing number of refugees and economic migrants, societies increasingly face new challenges. The CEU conference takes Hungary as a case-study and in addition to questioning the legitimacy of the broadly understood integration claims, the speakers will also examine how the anti-immigration campaign of the government has influenced the level of xenophobia in the country, how hostile speech translates in the everyday life of people and what challenges civil society organizations face when helping refugees.

You are cordially invited to Freedom from Fear in a Diverse Society: Hungary



10: 00 - 10:15 / WELCOMING REMARKS / John Shattuck / President and Rector, CEU Professor of Legal Studies and International Relations

10:15 - 10:45 / KEYNOTE SPEECH / Alexandria Innes / International Relations Lecturer, School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, University of East Anglia: Immigration towards Europe: Myths and Crises

10:45 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 12:45 / PANEL 1: Fear-mongering and the politics of diversity in Hungary / Challenges and a possible solution /

Moderator: Ágnes Hárs / Senior Research Associate, Kopint-Tárki Institute for Economic Research Co.

 Prem Kumar Rajaram / Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, CEU: Immobilizing mobility: border ethnography, illiberal democracy and the politics of the "refugee crisis" in Hungary (based on a paper co-written with Daniel Monterescu and Annastiina Kallius)

 Andres Moles / Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, CEU: Unjust Stereotypes for Just Minds

Endre Sík & Bori Simonovits / Senior Researcher and Researcher, TÁRKI: Scapegoating and xenophobia in contemporary Hungary

Kovácsné dr. Emese Nagy / School Director, IV. Béla Elementary School, Hejokeresztur: Teaching in socially and academically heterogeneous classrooms

12:45 - 13:30 Coffee break

13:30 - 15:15 / PANEL 2: Civil society responses: Public attitude and practical challenges

Moderator: Éva Bognár / CEU, Center for Media, Data and Society at the School of Public Policy

Bori Simonovits & Anikó Bernát / Researchers, TÁRKI: The evolution of civilian support during the refugee crisis in Hungary

Sándor Ujhelyi & Zsuzsanna Zsohár / Migration Aid: Migration Aid from the beginning to nowadays - small start, great results

Attila Szabó / Legal advisor, Menedek: What are the deficiencies of the Hungarian refugee integration system and how NGOs can improve it?

Luca László / "Segítsünk együtt a menekülteknek" ('Let's help the refugees together'): Let's help the refugees - past, present and the future

RECEPTION TO FOLLOW / RSVP TO / by November 16, 2015