How should we live in cultural diversity? Building sustainable communities in times of fear
The 26th Nordic Intercultural Communication conference was hold by Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in Valmiera — a more than 700 years old Hanseatic town located about 100km North-East of the capital Rīga.
This time the overarching theme of the conference was centered on exploring cultural diversity and intercultural sustainability. The conference predominantly but not exclusively addressed the intercultural communication challenges and opportunities as illuminated, for instance, by international migration and diversity. Unfortunate by-products of these processes often are anger, fear, and societal division. The conference seek to foreground the understanding of ways in which communities could be both diverse and integrated. The specific emphasis was on the notion of joint living in instead of merely with diversity in a variety of realms, including the practices of everyday interaction, education, policymaking, language and communication training, media, and so forth.
The conference explored areas of culture, communication and civic participation, building trust in societies, methods and practices of communicating, cultivating, and negotiating cultural diversity, cultural diversity in relation to education and pedagogy, training and management, intercultural aspects of migration and diasporic life, language training and cultural diversity, and more.
After a virtual presentation Are you game? NEUROdiversophy: brain science, gender and culture by Dr. George Simons, the game session was facilitated by Dr. Elena Korshuk from Belarusian State University.