4th International Conference “Civic Actors in Conflict"

International conference
Civic Actors in Conflict IV.

The conference focuses on authentic communication “face-to-face” as one of possible tools to enhance social dialogue between various groups of people in conflict.

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Our conference is your chance to..

to meet everyday heroes, to hear the stories of people whom break down the barriers that’s seem to be unbreakable, to experience interactive workshops, to take part in Open space or Simulation on radicalization and extremism in everyday life.

The conference aims together with you to explore and test various techniques and methods of sensitising depolarisation of our societies „Face-to- Face“.

Our intention is to reflect the need for active change of public dialogue in a way that enables our society to see the changing realities in value-based conflicts.

“Face-to-Face” communication as one of possible tools to reduce the gaps in the polarised societies.

What are the solutions? What are the right tools? Dining together? Small format public discussion or huge town hall meetings?

Get inspired by the speakers at Face To Face conference.

Interested in more? Check out our conference agenda.

Conference agenda

Here is a general overview of the conference schedule and offerings.

Day 1: Thursday

09:00 - 09:30

Registration is open.
09:30 - 10:00

Welcoming remarks | Introductory speeches
10:00 - 11:15
Panel 1

Everyday heroes Andrei M. Georgescu (Romania) / Elsi Adajew (Poland/ Chechnya) / Timea Kiss-Lukasik (Hungary)
11:15 - 11:35

11:35 - 13:00
Panel 2

Talking with my enemy Daryl Davis (USA) / Husamuddin Meyer (Germany)
13:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 16:00
Parallel Interactive Workshop A

How are the European Jihadists born? Tomáš Lindner (CZ)
14:30 - 16:00
Parallel Interactive Workshop B

Polarisation Model of Bart Brandsma Otto Kamsteeg (Netherlands)
14:30 - 16:00
Parallel Interactive Workshop C

Methodology for Teaching Controversial Issues Anne Anderson (Northern Ireland) / Eimear McKeown (Northern Ireland) / Suzanne Harrison (Northern Ireland)
14:30 - 16:00
Parallel Interactive Workshop D - part 1

Art on the streets Petar Antevski (Macedonia) / Sanja Stefanovic (Macedonia)
16:00 - 16:30

16:30 - 18:00
Parallel Interactive Workshop D - part 2

Art on the Streets Petar Antevski (Macedonia) / Sanja Stefanovic (Macedonia)
16:30 - 18:00
Parallel Interactive Workshop E

Klan-destine Relationships Daryl Davis (USA)
16:30 - 18:00
Parallel Interactive Workshop F

Face to Face – Faith to Faith Adrian Cristea (Ireland) / Hajar Al Kaddo (Ireland)
16:30 - 18:00
Parallel Interactive Workshop G

Game of peacebuilders in the culture war between LGBT and Christian communities Andras Papp (Hungary) / Bálint Szabadkai (Hungary)
18:00 - 19:00

Dinner Reception
19:00 - 21:00

Special evening program Daryl Davis (USA) / Miroslav Hraško (Serbia) / Shirley Siegal (Israel)

Meet the People

Who are the speakers we are inviting for the conference? They are Everyday heroes - people, often invisible to public eye, but active in everyday life and essential for building up face-to- face relationship and increasing of tolerance for differing values and opinions through providing examples and role models. In the panel discussion "Talking with my enemy" we invite individuals/ representatives of the groups who dared to face the very people that threaten their own existence or value.

Want to know more? Click on the picture of a particular speaker to find out more information.

What attendees are saying...

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Media Outputs

Denník N: Prvého som zbil, s ďalšími som sa skamarátil. Afroameričan presvedčil k odchodu 60 členov Ku Klux Klanu

Aktuality: Keď mladí vidia, že niekto páli Korán, pýtajú sa ma: Máme sa pomstiť?

RTVS (Slovak TV): Učia, ako čeliť extrémizmu

SME: Imám z Nemecka: Radikálne mešity treba zavrieť, radikálov presviedčať

The Slovak Spectator: "Hungarian activist: Don’t let politicians call protest organisers “Soros people”

The Slovak Spectator: Rada z Maďarska: Nedovoľte, aby vás volali Sorosovými pešiakmi"

Lora Fileva, Dnevnik.bg: Как един чернокож извади над 200 души от "Ку Клукс Клан"

Delia Marinescu, VICE Romania: Am vorbit cu americanul de culoare care i-a făcut pe 200 de membri KKK să plece din clan

Denník N: Snaží sa spájať cirkev a LGBT ľudí: Ak sa rozdelíme na dva tábory, vopred sme prehrali

RTVS (Slovak radio): Interview with Daryl Davis

Týždeň: Rokenrol je mocný

Bulgarian National Radio: Денят на свободните медии в Словакия – недоволството продължава

Face to face with Timea Kiss-Łukasik about drug addicted youth

Rozhovor s Timeou Kiss Lukacik - Najviac lieči úprimný rozhovor

Face to Face with Anne Anderson about teaching controversial issues

Rozhovor s Anne Anderson - Neučíme vedomosti, vychovávame občanov

Face to Face with Bálint Szabadkai about dialogue between Christians and LGBT+

Rozhovor s Balintom Szabadkai - Ako to robil Kristus