Aktionstage: Refugees – Migration – Democracy. Conference.
REMESO has participated in the organisation of the conference "Aktionstage: Refugees – Migration – Democracy". The conference is aimed at exchanging knowledge, raising questions and debate around solidarity and activism in relation to the refugeesituation in Europe. Branka Likic Brboric from REMESO has been engaged in the organisation in collaboration with colleagues from Initiative Minderheiten, Center for Advanced Studies South Eastern Europe (CAS SEE), ERSTE Stiftung, Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM). The conference will be held in Wien 28 November-2 December 2016.
Several REMESO scholars will participate in the conference. Professor Peo Hansen will give Key note lecture, professor Stefan Jonsson, Branka Likic-Brboric and Zoran Slavnic will participate as invited panellists. Even Lisa Pelling, a member of REMESO Steering Board, will participate in the panel on media. Other Swedish participants are professor Li Bennich-Björkman, Uppsala University and Bojan Brstina, representing SIOS, The Cooperation Group for Ethnical Associations in Sweden.
The idea behind the conference is how activism and solidarity in the refugee issue that takes place in civil society, in local communities, from authorities, in companies and by private and public employees have an impact on our democracies and is a source of knowledge worth grasping hold of and shed light on.
"While most European states are not able to create humane conditions for those who have fled war zones in the Near East in recent years, the dedication of Europe’s civil society proves that solidarity is alive and that the vision of a democratic Europe will not be abandoned. Community action – whether in smaller communities or in larger cities – is becoming a guiding principle for many. As a result, actions and organizations from civil society strongly influence European democracies, changing and reshaping them.
What kind of potential do these actions of civil society hold for the advancement of European democracies in connection with the most recent refugee movement? What can be learned from historical experiences with the wars in Yugoslavia, but also from current experiences in Sweden? How is the refugee movement changing European democracies and what can be learned from civil society’s activities, which have been emerging since last year?
The Aktionstage: Refugees – Migration – Democracy, which are being supported by a number of organizations, are dedicated to exploring these questions from a theoretical and practical perspective and are attempting to understand the current situation through historical and geographic comparisons.
The new faces of Democracy! European Experiences
The first, scientific part, which will be held at the Academy of Fine Arts, reflects on the experiences with migration from former Yugoslavia from the 1990s until today. This example provides a long-term study on the issues of flight, return, transnationalism and the impact on host societies and communities of origin. Questions about the impact of the current refugee movement on our understanding of European democracies and about negotiating new notions of belonging within Europe are also tied to this, because the debates about the safety of the EU’s external borders and the refugee quotas are changing the democratic self-image of the European Union and its member states.
Discussions – Workshops – Networking
The new faces of Solidarity! Civil society and ACTIVISM
The second part, held in the ÖBB headquarters at the Hauptbahnhof – which has become a historical place in connection with refugees since 2015 – offers an opportunity for international and regional actors to exchange experiences and network with each other, while interweaving theory and practice. The focus is on new forms of activism within civil society, particularly along the ‘West Balkan Route‘, in Sweden, and in rural areas. The presentation of the film ‘Logbook Serbistan’ and a talk with the director Želimir Žilnik will conclude the Aktionstage."
Last updated: Wed Nov 23 15:08:45 CET 2016