Racism, Nationalism and Xenophobia, International Interdisciplinary Conference, 17th – 18th March 2016, Poland

Publish Date: Sep 27, 2015

Deadline: Dec 31, 2015

Event Dates: from Mar 17, 2016 12:00 to Mar 18, 2016 12:00

Racism, Nationalism and Xenophobia

International Interdisciplinary Conference in Warsaw, Poland

17th – 18th March 2016

It is widely known that ideologies of racism, nationalism, and xenophobia are dangerous and spread  all over the world. We want to examine these terms as much as possible, from many perspectives and variable aspects: in politics, society, psychology, culture, and many more. We also want to devote considerable attention to how the phenomena of racism, nationalism and xenophobia are represented in artistic practices: in literature, film, theatre or visual arts.

  We invite researchers representing various academic disciplines: history, politics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, economics, law, history of literature, theatre studies, film studies, fine arts, design, memory studies, migration studies, consciousness studies, dream studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, medical sciences, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, cognitive sciences et al.

  Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical investigations, problem-oriented arguments, and comparative analyses.

  We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the start of their careers, as well as doctoral students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

  We hope that due to its interdisciplinary nature, the conference will bring many interesting observations on and discussions about the role of racism, nationalism and xenophobia in the past and in the present-day world.

Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:

I. Politics and History

- colonialism/ postcolonialism

- anti-semitism: past and present

- islamophobia and terrorism

- orientalism

- imperialism

- crimes against humanity

- violations of human rights

- racism, nationalism and political correctness

- nationalism and patriotism

- xenophobia and cosmopolitism

- racism, nationalism and religion

II. Anthropology and Philosophy  

- ideologies of racism

- nationalism and “will of power”

- cultural determinants of racism, nationalism, and xenophobia

- nationalist nations

- xenophobic societies

- racist generations

III. Psychology

- stereotypes and prejudices

- racist myths and phantasms

- racism and scapegoat mechanism  

- xenophobia and sense of guilt

- nationalism and narcissism

- projection and repression

- individual and social proneness to hate ideology

- therapy for victims of discrimination

IV. Memory and protection of human rights  

- organization of human rights protection

- education against racism, nationalism and xenophobia

- memory in the service of education

- memorial places

- solidarity with victims of violence

- empathy with the Other

V. Literature and arts

- racism, nationalism and xenophobia in literature

- racism, nationalism and xenophobia in film

- racism, nationalism and xenophobia in theatre

- literature and art against hate ideology

- racist artists

Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 31st December 2015 both to prof. Wojciech Owczarski:




Notification of acceptance will be sent by 5th January 2016. The conference language is English.


University of Finance and Management in Warsaw,

Pawia Street no. 55, 01-030 Warsaw


Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk (Poland)

Marta Patej – University of Finance and Management in Warsaw (Poland)

Paula Wicher – University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw (Poland)

Amanda Chalupa – McGill University (Canada)

Co-organizer: InMind Support

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