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NWO-JSPS Symposium "Racism and Intolerance in Europe and Asia - Challenges and Policies" 23-24 June 2015, University of Groningen

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Admission is free and everyone is welcome but we kindly ask you to register online: (until 19 June)

On 23-24 June 2015 a  NWO-JSPS funded joint symposium will take place at the University of Groningen on the topic of "Racism and Intolerance in Europe and Asia - Challenges and Policies", under the cooperation agreement between the Netherlands Organisation for Scientic Research (NWO) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

The history of racism and racial discrimination in Europe is old, and so is the history of human rights protection. But the problem of racism and intolerance that Europe now faces is a problem amplified by modern globalization and shows a different pattern from long-existing discrimination against the Jews or the Roma. Today the elimination of racial discrimination (and all forms of discrimination) is a global agenda. It is evidently clear that Japan also will soon face the problem of social diversity in an unprecedentedly large and serious scale.

The symposium is a follow-up on a symposium organised by the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), February 2015, where five European speakers (prof dr. Janny de Jong, Groningen The Netherlands; prof dr. Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, CNRS,Paris France; prof dr. Wilhelm Heitmeyer, Bielefeld Germany ; Paul Lappalainen, LLM, Swedish Equality Ombudsman, Stockholm Sweden; dr Stephanos Stavros, ECRI, Strasbourg France) discussed European policies, legislation, practices and current research.

The purpose of the seminar in June is  firstly, to present analyses on the colonial legacies and the influx of foreign workers in both countries in order to reveal common features and differences by comparison. Secondly, it clarifies policies such as the Netherlands commitment to the ECRI (European Commission on Racism and Intolerance), activities of anti-discrimination bureaus of local administrations, amendments of the Equal Treatment Act in 2004, the National Consultation Platform on Minorities, and the Diversity Charter (planned for 2015). Also  the recent debate will be discussed that was sparked by a statement of the UN Expert Working Group on the Descendants of Africa over the alleged stereo-typed representation of black people in Zwarte Piet of the Dutch traditional festival of Sinterklaas. Thirdly, the seminar will discuss the social mechanism, structure and thoughts that have created anti-discrimination policies in the Netherlands.


Programme with more information on panels and speakers

Symposium on Racism and Discrimination, 23 February 2015, OSIPP, Osaka University
Symposium on Racism and Discrimination, 23 February 2015, OSIPP, Osaka University
Laatst gewijzigd:22 juni 2015 10:00