SIETAR Europa Congress

Re-Thinking Interculturalism

18 - 21 May 2022

Malta

The SIETAR Europa 2022 Congress wants to open the next chapter of Interculturalism. Together we will set the agenda for years to come, open new pathways, shake things up, and learn anew.

 

We’ll love having you there!

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The Question

Thinking

The intercultural field was born out of the 50s and 60s of the previous century. There were a lot of things that were taken for granted in that time that are not anymore: large parts of the global south were still colonized or on the verge of becoming independent; working globally was the privilege of a tiny minority of multinational companies headquartered in western Europe and North America; the iron curtain between the USSR and the West was considered inevitable and forever impenetrable; the oppression of women, people of colour and the LGBTQ community was normality and rarely questioned.   

Of course, research into culture from the very beginning always came with the best intentions: if we could just understand each other better, we would find ways to work well with each other. 

The intercultural field has grown considerably over the past decades. There are tools, theories, studies and concepts ad infinitum. Nonetheless, we see the deterioration of our natural environment threaten the well-being of people and peace on earth. Deep and old racist and class- based structures cause violence that dominate the headlines almost daily. Far-right populism is on the rise globally, as fundamental freedoms are declining even in places that were thought to be resilient democracies, in Europe and beyond. The recent global pandemic has amplified and clarified many of these systemic issues that were more easily ignored before. It has shown the incredible potential of what humans can achieve, when they work together across and beyond boundaries; it has also shown how we fail when we don’t. 

So the question is, has interculturalism failed? Has it fulfilled its promise? Has it even promised the right things? Or, to put it bluntly, does interculturalism need to be replaced, reformed or reshaped to match the challenges this world faces? 

 

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The Invitation

Ideas

We are aware that not everyone is able or wants to travel to Malta in May of 2022. We are planning to offer some of the sessions in a hybrid format, some exclusively online (which people who travel to Malta can participate in from their devices at the conference site), and some exclusively in person. Our presenters are asked, however, to acknowledge that we live in uncertain times and they are prepared to adapt their contribution delivery to whatever makes the most sense in May 2022. 

We want to invite you to propose a contribution to the programme of the SEU Congress. 

If you have learned, created, or worked on something that is worth sharing; that can help others and the intercultural field overall grow - we would be honoured to learn from you. 

The 2022 SIETAR Europa Congress brings together  the intercultural field to take a critical look at itself, at its legacy and (re)-imagine a future worth working towards. 

The guiding questions for the programme are:  

  • How does interculturalism intersect with social, racial, environmental, historic and economic justice?
  • What do we need to know, acknowledge, investigate or celebrate in order to ensure continued vitality, relevance and sustainability of the intercultural field? 
  • What kind of abilities are needed in order to foster inclusion, social transformation, and genuine dialogue, connection and co-creation in thriving communities? 

Let’s open the next chapter of intercultural work - creatively, critically, beyond the now into the future. 

The Topics

Submissions due by 17 November 2021

 

We warmly invite you to submit your contributions to these topical clusters

Re-Search

Here we are looking particularly for perspectives from the academic area. What new insights have emerged in the past year(s) in the scientific community that need to be wider known, discussed in interdisciplinary settings and shared beyond academia? 

We are looking forward to your proposals for: 

  • 20-minute presentations (+10 minute discussion)
  • 90-minute panel presentations (2-3 presenters around a shared topic, plus discussion)

Re-Tool

In this area we want to go practical. Have you developed new tools, methods or approaches that can help trainers, facilitators, coaches and mentors to move the needle? 

We are looking forward to your proposals for: 

  • Skill oriented 90-minute training workshops for 20-30 participants
  • 15-minute talks, highlighting and explaining new methodological innovations (with a possibility for pre-recording them)

Re-silience

In this thematic cluster, we are looking for thought provoking talks and presentations from within and outside the intercultural field, stimulating discussions on how the intercultural field needs to intersect with environmental, social, economic and other fields in order to contribute to a thriving world. 

We are looking forward to your proposals for: 

  • 20-minute talks (plus 10 minutes of discussion)

Re-volution

In these workshops we want to ask who we are, where we are and what we are as a community of interculturalists; as well as explore who we should aspire to be. Open ended discussions, deep shared reflections, critical conversations that are vulnerable, open and caring will help guide our field in the right direction. 

We are looking forward to your proposals for: 

  • 90-minute facilitated workshops around powerful questions and participatory methodologies

Submissions due by 17 November 2021

Participants

SEU Congress 2022

Malta
18 - 21 May 2022