From Discrimination to Empowerment

Venue: Trieste

Location: Trieste, Italy

Event Date/Time: Apr 12, 2012 End Date/Time: Apr 14, 2012
Abstract Submission Date: Mar 15, 2012
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Theoretically informed and empirically grounded (qualitative or quantitative empirical research) contributions in English from scholars in the social sciences and humanities are invited, as well as presentations of best practices and projects from community activists and practitioners.
The conference will address issues relevant to the main themes of the conference, Discrimination and Empowerment, and allow quality exchange on themes such as:
- positive and negative (multiple) discrimination, social exclusion/inclusion, xenophobia,

- nationality, ethnicity, citizenship, cultural and state membership, gender, sexuality, religion, age and other categories of social divisions and belonging, identity ‘intersectionality’,

- majority-minority relations, hostility among groups, migrants, national and ethnic minorities,

- structural and cultural violence, psychological trauma,

- effects of discrimination/empowerment on economic and psychological well being and health, school and career achievement,

- human/minority rights, recognition, equality,

- cultural diversity, integration processes, peace education, intercultural education, human rights education,

- democracy, civil society, mass media, new platforms and innovative strategies for social change,

- best practices of personal and community empowerment.

We invite papers for presentation in 15 minutes (symposia), 12 minutes (individual talks) and 5 minutes (brief papers - works in progress and posters), as well as workshop proposals of 90 minutes. Papers with a focus on Central Europe are particularly appreciated, but contributions discussing other geographical contexts are also welcome.

All paper/poster and workshop presenters should submit an application consisting of the following four items:
1) Name of Author(s), affiliation(s), contact e-mail and phone/mobilenumber;

2) Proposed format type (Symposium, Individual Paper, Poster, Workshop);

3) A short abstract (maximum 500 words);

4) A short bio of the author(s) (maximum 500 characters) with a photo in jpg format.

Please upload your proposal via the website - online form, or send it as a Word (2003) attachment to The last deadline for submission: 15 March 2012.