′′racial′′ or ′′racist′′? Anti-hate communication competence in an intercultural perspective

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
“Racism is what transforms differences into inequalities.” (Tahar Ben Jelloun 2010)
In European societies, more and more characterized by migration, the fight against racist and xenophobic attitudes produced through and reflected in hostile communication strategies is a key challenge for democracy and civil life. Despite the EU recommendations against hate speech and racist discrimination as well as anti-discrimination legislation in force in EU Member States, there is still a fundamental problem in preventing and contrasting forms of racism and xenophobia and racist hate-communication.
In this respect, usually only verbal messages are considered, while the force of visual and even non-verbal (body) and paraverbal (voice) messages is neglected or underestimated. If we do not react to this currently growing racism and xenophobia, we become all responsible. The best way to do this, is to start as early as possible in an individual’s life, namely in educational organisations.
The workshop concept is based on tools and insights from modern sociolinguistics, ethnographic Conversation Analysis, critical Discourse Analysis as well as multimodal and visual analysis which, from different angles, show that the relationship between language, culture, communication and society is not a deterministic one but influences each other in a dynamic and dialectical interplay.

Learning outcomes:
Participants will be able to:

  • identify also subtle instances of racist, xenophobic, afrophobic, anti-migrant and other hate-oriented / hate-producing messages
  • critically analyse the complex mechanism of racist, xenophobic, afrophobic, anti-migrant and other hate communication
  • prevent hate speech and, more broadly, hate communication
  • constructively contrast hate speech and, more broadly, hate communication (application level) defending their opinion
  • transfer an anti-racist and anti-xenophobic communication competence (knowledge, skills, attitudes) to ones’ learners and other people generally

Admission information

  • Language : English
  • Language level prerequisites : B1 or above
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    Teachers & school staff; external collaborators (counsellors, psychologists): primary level; teachers & school staff: secondary level; VET and adult education.

  • General prerequisites :

    No specific requirements

  • Maximum number of participants : 16
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Available dates

Padova (Italy)

  • 13.03.2022 - 20.03.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 11.09.2022 - 18.09.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 30.10.2022 - 06.11.2022 - To be confirmed

Sessions will be confirmed only when the minimum number of participants is reached.

In case your school wishes to send more than 6 participants together to the same course, we may evaluate the possibility to offer an extra session only for you (and in this case, we would be pleased to evaluate your proposal for fixed dates).

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