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ICC Thematic Seminar on “Fighting discrimination and hate speech: is interculturalism the solution?”

Turin, Italy 18-19 June 2019
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ICC Thematic Seminar on “Fighting discrimination and hate speech: is interculturalism the solution?”

The Intercultural Cities (ICC) and the City of Turin (Italy) are pleased to announce that registrations are now opened for the 2019 ICC Thematic Seminar on “Fighting discrimination and hate speech: is interculturalism the solution?”. The seminar will take place in Turin on 18-19 June; it addresses ICC representatives (technical and/or political staff), representatives of regional and national authorities of interested States, NGOs, academia, foundations, think tanks, and experts active in the intercultural integration field.

The Seminar will further explore the nexus between interculturalism, anti-discrimination and anti-hate speech tools, to encourage more inter-departmental work and cooperation at local, regional national and international levels in this field. The final aim is to reinforce traditional or existing legal and administrative anti-discrimination instruments by combining them with Intercultural cities proactive processes of education and exchange that lead to attitudinal and behavioural change.

Participants will be called to assess a number of questions, including:

  • How can cities design and implement holistic anti-discrimination strategies, involving the officials, the administration, education and cultural institutions, police and security officers, as well as civil society and business organisations?
  • How to find a common language, objectives and methods that can federate the efforts of the organisations advocating against discrimination on various grounds (eg. ethnic origin, faith, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, etc.), and how can the city adopt, in its internal structure and policies, an intersectional approach to anti-discrimination?
  • Which tools are the most effective to combat the root causes of discrimination and hate speech – prejudice, erroneous ideas and negative political and media/social media discourse against different groups?
  • Which types of intercultural activities can lead to greatest attitudinal and behavioural change, so to promote interaction and mixing against behavioural segregation?
  • How can Artificial Intelligence be better exploited to prevent discrimination and avoid the use of algorithms increases the equality gap?

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