International conference "The Image of Islam in Russia"
Date: 6-8 October, 2016
Venue: Skarholmen Conference Facility
Since the collapse of Communism and the emergence of the Russian Federation, in terms of official rhetoric and documents, the country prides itself on being a multi-ethnic and multi-confessional state. Yet, there are counter-veiling tendencies in Russian society that openly do not embrace or are suspicious of ‘Other’ cultures and identities. This can be seen with the rise of nationalism and the current insurgencies in the Northern Caucasus, which can influence public opinion and perception of Islam. The issues of ethnic and religious identities are increasingly under pressure from political actors, and this causes a lack of the needed frank and open discussions on the matter. The conference will explore how Islam is understood, viewed and projected in the public and media sphere in contemporary Russia. A multidisciplinary perspective shall be used to try and illuminate the different aspects to the debate, both historical and contemporary – therefore the disciplines shall include, but not be restricted to history, political science, sociology, religion and mass communication. It shall include how Islam projects itself to other communities and how other communities perceive and react to Islam.
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For further information about the conference please contact Greg Simons, Associate Professor, UCRS, Uppsala University firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference is organized with a generous financial contribution from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences.
International Conference "Human Trafficking in the 21st century"
Date: 12-13 April, 2016
Place: Campus Engelska Parken and Museum Gustavianum
Human trafficking is one of the gravest human rights violations of our time. It affects millions of individuals worldwide, including children. In order to battle this crime we need a better understanding of it which requires the efforts of multiple actors. On April 12 and 13 the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences in cooperation with the UCRS arranged an international conference entitled “Human Trafficking in the 21st Century”. The aim of the conference was to bring together top researchers, practitioners and opinion makers, including her Majesty Queen Silvia, in the field for discussions on current understanding of and best practices and challenges in the fight against human trafficking.
The conference was open to the public and was free of charge. The conference was be held in English.