Deadline (extended): 30 December 2016
Open to: students, young researchers and activists with an interest in social sciences, coming from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia
Venue: 30 March – 1 April 2017, Skopje, Macedonia
The Youth Forum “Refugees and Migrants in the New Media in South-East Europe and Central Europe” aims to discover how the new media in these regions have been reflecting on the migrant and/or refugee crisis and to what extent they contributed to the promotion of diversity. The project is being implemented by Mladiinfo International, together with its project partners, and it has been generously supported by CEI Cooperation Fund and Visegrad fund.
The Youth forum is the follow-up event within the project You(th) Challenging Diversity: Representation of Minorities in the New Media, aiming to foster European citizenship and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level. This event will tackle yet again the issues of minorities and new media, but mostly in the context of the ongoing migrant and/ or refugee crisis.
The participating countries were strongly affected by the escalating waves of migrants and/ or refugees and these occurrences inevitably shaped media attention. The media as opinion-makers often constructed the image of migrants and/ or refugees through the process of “otherisation”, making a clear distinction between “us” and “them”. However, as a space for open and equal access, they should play a vital role in promoting diversity, tolerance, social affirmation and change.
That being the case, it is essential to keep track of promoting active citizenship, participation and appreciation of differences, instead of creating the so-called “culture of fear” or “fear of the unknown”, based on negative approach towards all minorities, especially towards migrants and/ or refugees. It remains questionable, however, whether the new media will follow the pattern of traditional media, or will indeed contribute to an increased societal cohesion and set forth better professional standards.
Young people from 13 European countries will participate at the Youth Forum “Refugees and Migrants in the New Media in South-East Europe and Central Europe”. Two categories of participants are foreseen:
1. Speakers: Young people will present their own paper or essay written on some of the conference topics (see the eligibility section) and will join a discussion;
2. Panellists: Young people will present a journalistic article they have prepared and will take part in the panel.
What is your say on this issue?
All the participants at the conference will join interactive workshops where the topic will be further discussed.
Young students, researchers, journalists and activists coming from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia are welcomed to apply. There is no age limit, however, applicants aged 18-35 will have the advantage to be selected.
There is different application process according to the profile you are applying for.
The aspiring young panellists at Youth Challenging Diversity Conference should prepare:
Please note that this is a youth project based on the methods of non-formal education and no academic publications are foreseen. All the papers, essays and articles will be published on the project website – Youth Challenging Diversity. All entries need to be original writings, not published elsewhere before.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Mladiinfo’s team available at: firstname.lastname@example.org.