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Toleration and Tolerance MODELS, METAMORPHOSES AND IMPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 18-20 October 2012 Villa Decius


Tolerance begins with each of us, every day
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General


The Toleration and Tolerance. Models, Metamorphoses and Implications conference is a joint initiative of the Villa Decius Association and the History of Ideas Research Centre of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Organised as a part of the Villa Decius’ prestigious cycle of debates devoted to the Idea of Freedom (since 2005), this year’s conference will focus on the question of tolerance, its nature and contemporary practice.

Remembering that tolerance is not a law but barely permission for “the Other” to exist, that it cannot be imposed upon or forced to be adhered to, we will ask the participants of the conference how to promote and practice it effectively in our communities.

We will also address those critics of tolerance who question its very notion stating that it assumes the authority relationship between those who tolerate and those who are tolerated, and then search for alternative terms. Maybe such a term could be the notion of “respect”, which does not carry connotations of permission based on superiority or power. Yet, does not “respect” sound strange in the political discourse of the Western World.

The conference will close by looking to the future in the context of the contemporary scene, where increasing social, economic and financial tensions challenge the existing rules of co-existence and cultural values for the entire globalised world.

The programme of the conference combines debates and discussions with contributions from human rights experts, representatives of academic, political and cultural milieu, NGOs, public administration, media, and lectures by:

Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian feminist, writer and physician, leading activist for human rights, repeatedly persecuted and imprisoned for her activities. One of the most widely translated contemporary Egyptian writers. Visiting professor of many universities including: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Sorbonne.

Unni Wikan, Norwegian anthropologist (field work in Egypt, Oman, Yemen, Indonesia, Bhutan and Papua New Guinea). Her books were translated into several languages, including: Japanese, Arabic, Kurdish. A noble promoter of human rights and contributor to the debate on value conflicts in multicultural societies.

Josep Ramoneda, philosopher and writer. Founder and director of the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (till 2011). Regular contributor to El País and to radio SER. President of the Institut de Recherche et d'Innovation in Paris. Author of Apología del presente, Después de la pasión política, Del tiempo condensado, and Contra la indiferencia.

László Rájk, architect, designer. Lecturer at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest. Former dissident, founder of Samizdat Boutique and co-founder of an underground AB Publishing House. Member of Hungarian Parliament (1990-96). Former advisor to National Committee of UNESCO. Since 2003 advisor to the European Commission.


Toleration and Tolerance
MODELS, METAMORPHOSES AND IMPLICATIONS

PROGRAMME


18 October

9.00-9.30 am
Registration

9.30-10.00 am
Welcome and opening of the conference
Prof. Aleksander Koj, Chairman of Villa Decius Association 
Magdalena Sroka, Deputy Mayor of Krakow
Jacek Krupa, Member of the Board of Malopolska Region
Małgorzata Bywanis-Jodlińska, Director General of Malopolska Regional Office

10.00-10.45 am
Opening lecture: Creativity, Revolution and Women. Justice, Peace and Tolerance. Freedom and Dignity
11.00-12.30 pm
Debate 1: Tolerance: Models and Practices
Meaning and understanding of tolerance
Universal values and local practice
Code of tolerance
Experts: Sister Raphael, Michael Daxner, Ustün Ergüder
Moderator: Krzysztof Bobiński

12.30-1.00 pm
Break

1.00-1.30 pm
Special Lecture: Limits of Tolerance

1.30-3.00 pm
Debate 2: Tolerance: Metamorphoses and implications
Facing social, economic and political challenges
Competition of cultural models
Citizenship responsibilities and rights
Experts: Dominika Kasprowicz, Hywel Ceri Jones, Peter Ripken
Moderator: Wojciech Przybylski

3.00-3.45 pm
Break


Language: English, Polish
Simultaneous translation:
Xymena Pietraszek-Płatek
Bartosz Krajka

Blog:
Polish: Joanna Kryńska, Warsaw
English: Michael Green, Cork
Arabic: Kareem Amer, Alexandria
French: Henri Kowalewicz, Luxemburg

CEREMONY OF AWARDING
THE POLISH PRIZE OF SERGIO VIEIRA DE MELLO
THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (2002–2003)


4.00-6.00 pm

Welcome:
Danuta Glondys, Director of the Villa Decius Association
Irena Wóycicka, Undersecretaryof State, Chancellery of the President of Poland http://www.president.pl/en/cabinet/irena-woycicka/
Magdalena Sroka, Deputy Mayor of Krakow


Opening:
Ernest Zienkiewicz, Director of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Office in Warsaw
Pery Machado, Minister-Counselor, Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil to Poland

I.         Announcement from the session of the Panel of Judges of the Polish Prize of Sergio Vieira de Mello
HE Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to Poland http://blog.swedenabroad.se/poland/

II.        Justification of the verdict of the Panel of Judges in a category Person
Irena Wóycicka, Undersecretary of State, Chancellery of the President of Poland

Awarding the Statuette of Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Diploma

Speech by the Laureate

III.     Justification of the verdict of the Panel of Judges in a category Nongovernmental Organisation
Krystyna Żurek, Director of Department of United Nations and Human Rights, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Awarding the Statuette of Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Diploma

Speech by the Laureate

IV.     Justification of the verdict of the Panel of Judges in the special category Honorary Prize
Marian Ćwiertniak, President of Orlen Oil Company

Awarding the Statuette of Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Diploma

Speech by the Laureate


The ceremony will be attended by representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Chancellery of the President of Poland, Ambassadors of both Brazil and Sweden to Poland, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Polish Ombudsman, Consular Corps, Institute of National Remembrance, Sponsors of the Prize, Regional and Municipal authorities and Laureates’ guests.


Language: English, Polish
Simultaneous translation:
Xymena Pietraszek-Płatek
Bartosz Krajka

Blog:
Polish: Joanna Kryńska, Warsaw
English: Michael Green, Cork
Arabic: Kareem Amer, Alexandria
French: Henri Kowalewicz, Luxemburg
DEBATES


19 October
9.00 am-3.00 pm

Introduction:
In Western tradition the history of discovering otherness, difference and strangeness is long, lined with thorns and measured in the cycles of wars waged, pogroms organised, and gallows and stakes raised. The blood-soaked confrontation of major collective identities has been accompanied by the brutal histories of the exclusion of minority groups.
In the 15th century, alternative solutions to conquest and exclusion in encounters with otherness emerged for the first time. It was a concept elaborated on by a rector of University of Krakow, Paulus Vladimiri. Defined as ‘tolerance’, it would grow to the rank of a value not only of the Enlightenment, but also of what we proudly refer to as “the culture of the Western World”.

9.00-9.30 am
Key note speech: The Colour of my Dreams

9.30-11.30 am
Debate 1: Tolerance: Models and Practices

Introduction: Helmut Pulte
Gunter Scholtz, Alte und neue Grenzen der Toleranz
André Crepin, La tolérance dans l’Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum de Bède (731)
Danielle Buschinger, Juifs et musulmans dans la littérature médiévale allemande: tolérance ou intolérance? Quelques aspects
Roy Rosenstein,˝No.m platz˝, car ˝fort m’enoia˝: ceux que les troubadours ne tolèrent pas dans les enuegs
Anna Kukułka-Wojtasik, Tolerance et la foi. Image des Sarrazins et d'autres infideles dans la litterature des XIIe-XIIIe siecles
Michel Henri Kowalewicz, Paulus Vladimiri: Duldung und Toleranz als Doktrin der Weltpolitik

11.30 am-1.00 pm
break

1.00-3.00 pm
Debate 2: Tolerance: Metamorphoses and Implications

Introduction: Riccardo Campa, Michel Henri Kowalewicz
Helmut Pulte, Toleration in sciences
Larissa Cain, Tolérance et Action: Tadeusz Pankiewicz, Irena Adamowicz
Isabelle Weill, Les limites de la tolérance dans la Cronica du moine franciscain Salimbene Adam, un franciscain du XIIIème siècle
Martine Yvernault, La chair et le texte: peindre ou incarner le Juif
Paweł Dybel, Concepts of toleration in liberal tradition and tolerance as an element of social Lebenswelt
Magdalena Revue, Bundeswehr et tolérance, un long chemin


Language: French/German/English
Translation only of the key note speech: French – Polish
Debates broadcast for public
Blog:
Polish: Joanna Kryńska, Warsaw
English: Michael Green, Cork
Arabic: Kareem Amer, Alexandria
French: Henri Kowalewicz, Luxemburg

ROUND TABLE
TOLERANCE: FACING SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHALLENGES

20 OCTOBER
9.00-12.00

Introduction:
The attractiveness of culture and the wealth of the Western World seem incontestable. They remain unbothered by faltering economies and finances. Yet, this attractiveness challenges the Western World with a cultural trial, which derives from economic expansion, demographic structure and intensifying migration. Living next door to “the Other” proves to be a mutual test and a moment of critical cultural choice both on an individual and a group level.
What will the future look like? Will the increasing social, economic and financial tensions in the Western World destroy already weak rules of co-existence of cultural models and values on the continent? Or will the real change come only in economic confrontation with other than Western cultures, leading to cultural metamorphoses and emergence of new forms of society based on respect and far-reaching tolerance?


Key note speech: Limits of Tolerance and Democracy
László Rájk

Moderators: Krzysztof Bobiński, Danuta Glondys, Wojciech Przybylski

Participants:
Kareem Amer, blogger, Egypt
Krzysztof Bobiński, President of Unia&Polska Foundation
Danielle Buschinger, Professor, Université de Picardie Jules-Verne, France
Larissa Cain, physician and historian, France
Riccardo Campa, professor, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Alexis Chatahtinsky, Consul General of France in Krakow
André Crepin, Professor, Institut de France, France
Michael Daxner, Professor, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Paweł Dybel, Professor, University of Warsaw, Poland
Ustün Ergüder, Professor, Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University, Turkey
Danuta Glondys, Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, Director of the Villa Decius Association, Poland
Jarosław Górniak, Professor, Jagiellonian University, Poland
HE Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to Poland
Hywel Ceri Jones, former Director General of the European Commission, United Kingdom
Dominika Kasprowicz, Ph.D. in Political Science, Pedagogical University of Krakow, Poland
Aleksander Koj, Professor, former Rector of Jagiellonian University, Chair of the Villa Decius Association, Poland
Małgorzata Kossowska, Profesor, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Michel Henri Kowalewicz, Professor, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Anna Kukułka-Wojtasik, Professor, University of Warsaw, Poland
Jan Piekło, Director of the Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation, Poland
Wojciech Przybylski, Editor-in-chief of Res Publica Nowa, Poland
Helmut Pulte, Professor, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Sister Raphael (Urszula Nałęcz), Franciscan, missionary, Rwanda-Poland
László Rájk, Professor, Színház- és Filmművészeti (University of Theatre and Film Arts), Hungary
Josep Ramoneda, Professor, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain
Magdalena Revue, Professor, Ecoles Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan, France
Peter Ripken, Chair of the Board of the International Cities of Refuge Network, Norway
Roy Rosenstein, Professor, Université Américaine de Paris, France
Nawal el Saadawi, Professor, human rights defender, Egypt
Gunter Scholtz, Professor, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany
Isabelle Weill, Professor, Universite Paris-Nanterre, France
Unni Wikan, Professor, Universitetet i Oslo, Norway
Martine Yvernault, Professor, Université de Limoges, France

Language: English
Debate broadcast for public
Blog:
Polish: Joanna Kryńska, Warsaw
English: Michael Green, Cork
Arabic: Kareem Amer, Alexandria
French: Henri Kowalewicz, Luxemburg

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