Gerlind Vief-Schmidt

Raising awareness for othering processes through critical cultural awareness, complex cultural dialogue and mindfulness

The research draws on emotional and moral skills to be developed through respect, openness and competences of compassion by means of dialogical methods. Boost thinking about how to overcome stereotypical thinking and othering through dialogue, ways of changing perspectives, compassion and mindfulness are some of the objectives of this paper.

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Anne Glick

One Globe Kids

Through an intercultural story series this project reduces "othering" by helping children from four to ten years feel that they're friends with peers from other countries. The stories discuss personal identity, which reduces reliance on stereotypes, encourages acceptance of dual-identity citizenship and improves affective relations between young citizens of different countries.

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Dr. Bianca Schönberger

"Mut zur Vielfalt" - "Courage for Diversity"

Peer Education Project: Diversity Trainings in Vocational Schools. This project engages pupils at vocational schools interactively with the topics of: prejudice, discrimination, racism and moral courage.

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Fred Derwin

Discourses of Othering

Othering is an interdisciplinary notion that refers, amongst other things, to differentiating discourses that lead to moral and political judgment of superiority and inferiority between ‘us’ and ‘them’, and within groups. Critical approaches to othering examine its construction in social interaction and take into account both power relations and the intersectionality of different identity markers. Researchers increasingly pay attention to their own contribution to othering.
Fred Derwin, University of Helsinki, Finland,

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Kwame Anthony Appiah

Race in the Modern World

One might have hoped to see signs that racial thinking and racial hostility were vanishing—hoped, that is, that the color line would not continue to be a major problem in the twenty-first century, as it was in the twentieth. But a belief in essential differences between “us” and “them” persists widely, and many continue to think of such differences as natural and inherited. In this paper it will be questioned if race is only a biological construct, or if it's rather social and political.

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Emily Wilson

The Origins of Foreigners

Emily Wilson reviews the Origins of "Foreigners" by mainly stressing 'The Last Generation of the Roman Republic' by Erich S. Gruen, who is no stranger either to controversy or to the topic of "otherness." Emily Wilson is Professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Jean François Staszak


Otherness is due less to the difference of the Other than to the point of view and the discourse of the person who perceives the Other as such. Opposing Us, the Self, and Them, the Other, is to choose a criterion that allows humanity to be divided into two groups: one that embodies the norm and whose identity is valued and another that is defined by its faults, devalued and susceptible to discrimination.

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Timothy Shortell

Durkheim’s Theory of Social Class

With specific reference to Durkheim's Theory of Social Class and its three captions: Forms of Solidarity, Anomie and Anomic Division of Labor, Prof. Timothy Shortell analyses the Division of Labor & Social Integration.

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Martin Masse

Durkheim’s collective conscience

Durkheim taught that society exists "outside" and "apart" from the individuals who form it. Society is a "thing" in itself, and should be studied as such. For example, all the beliefs, attitudes, imagery, etc., that make up culture and morality exist not only in the minds of individuals, but as a "collective conscience" independent of them, just like our mind is more than the physiological substrate on which it depends.

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Sonja Bolle

Cultures in Conflict by Urs Bitterli

The work of a prominent Swiss cultural historian, "Cultures in Conflict" seeks to transform the history of colonialism into cultural history by representing the mental structures or world view of the actors on both sides, explorers and indigenous peoples.

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Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration

Schulbuchstudie Migration und Integration

The study sheds light on the question if and how German schoolbooks incorporate integration, migration and social diversity. It encourages critical discourse on the topic and provides the basis for working on and thus improving schoolbooks. Available only in German.

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Irina Bondarevskaya

Social Identity and Trust as Factors of Consolidated Public Opinion Formation

Consideration of social identity and trust as factors of consolidated public opinion formation is due to mutual social processes connected with formation of social identity, trust and public opinion.
Institute of Social and Political Psychology, NAES of Ukraine

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Conference | 5–7 November | Berlin

NECE Conference 2020

Follow the NECE Conference 2020 "Reconnecting in a post pandemic world. Citizenship education for democracy and sustainability" from 5–7 November 2020 online – live from Berlin. Registration is open now!

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