cooperation: Center for Ethics and Poverty Research & Center of Europaen Union Studies

Workshop: Tolerance in Europe: Definition, Reality, Limits

tagung toleranzA workshop to expand the further scientific discussion on tolerance, its political content, and the possibilities to encourage tolerance between ethnic, religious, and linguistic groups in Europe.
On the basis of considered focused presentations by scientists and experts in the field, together with the opportunity for broad-based discussion, the possibilities for publication and further cooperation can be developed.

In the context of continuing ethnic and religious caused friction and conflicts in Europe, this conference focuses on one of the basic European values: tolerance. The conference will seek to explore the definition, reality and the limits of tolerance through presentations and participative discussions. Themes and issues to be explored, include how tolerance forms features in political action in Europe, how tolerance is anchored in European political institutional life, how tolerance is lived in practice and can be realized in politics. The question about the limits of tolerance is relevant. What role does the understanding of tolerance play in countering rightist extremism?

The conference is planned in workshop-format to facilitate dialogue between scientists and scholars from different disciplines and countries.
If you have some interesting research questions and ideas for a cooperative research project on tolerance, please introduce them to the other participants. Hopefully, we should arrive at some concrete ideas on the possibilities for cooperative research.

Working languages are English and Russian. A translator is available.


9.30 – 10.00 Welcome Coffee
10.00 – 10.30 Welcome Address Sonja Puntscher-Riekmann (Vice-Rector University of Salzburg) and/or Clemens Sedmak (King’s
College London and Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg

10.30 – 12.00 Panel 1: Definition: Tolerance as an European principle Impulse
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speakers: Clemens Sedmak, Eric Nelson (Boston), Merja Pentikäinen (Finland)

13.30 – 15.00 Panel 2: Reality: Living tolerance
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speakers: L.V.Afanasieva and Maxim Zubaryev, MGPU (Melitopol/Ukraine), Johan Leman (Leuven)

15.30 – 17.00 Panel III: Fighting Right Wing Extremism (Examples from Austria and Germany)
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speakers: Helga Embacher, Department of History (Salzburg), Larissa Weber (Berlin)

17:15 Summary and follow-up Publication

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