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
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2015 / 10 AM
AUDITORIUM / NADOR UTCA 9, 1051 BUDAPEST
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org/ by November 16, 2015