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"Blickwinkel" conference: Bytes and bias – digital political education, but how?

16. Sep 2024 - 17. Sep 2024
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"Blickwinkel" – forum for education and science critical of anti-Semitism and racism
Anne Frank Educational Centre in cooperation with the Professorship for Democracy Promotion and Digital Policy at the University of Erfurt
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Under the title "Bytes and bias – digital political education, but how?", this year's "Blickwinkel" conference series, a forum for education and science critical of anti-Semitism and racism, will take place at the University of Erfurt from 16 to 17 September. The aim is to discuss the challenges and opportunities for successful political education against anti-Semitism and racism in the digital age. Registration is possible until 18 August.

Anti-Semitism, racism, Islamophobia – migration society, competition, educational strategies: These keywords are increasingly characterising the social, academic and educational debate on prejudice and exclusionary patterns of thought and interpretation. In many cases, the discussion fluctuates between fervour and disorientation, between clear positions and differentiation. The "Blickwinkel" conference series has been highlighting current analyses, discussing innovative educational approaches and setting discourse-critical accents since 2011. The event invites participants to exchange ideas and network between academia and educational practice. In 2024, the focus will be explicitly on the question of how digital political education can succeed.

The fact that digitalisation is changing democracy is a commonplace these days. From social media to chatGPT: Digitalisation is increasingly shaping everyday life and politics; its dynamics can give rise to feelings of social and political powerlessness. In a society in which anti-Semitism and racism are deeply rooted, the question inevitably arises: What does it mean when "the machine" learns from "us" and vice versa? Action-orientated political education therefore faces major challenges. Anti-Semitic and racist discourses, practices and policies cannot be addressed without an understanding of the dissemination channels "on the net", their modes of operation and algorithms. In order not to be overtaken by digital developments, it is therefore crucial to keep a close eye on them, understand them and then help shape them instead of just reacting to them. At the conference in Erfurt in September, both the challenges and the opportunities for the success of political education against anti-Semitism and racism in the digital age will be discussed in a critical review.

Open Space: contributions wanted

This year, the conference will offer an Open Space, a format that allows groups to work together on a range of questions and problems within a short period of time and engage in dialogue. The topics will be introduced by the participants themselves, with their expertise and needs taking centre stage. The format offers space to exchange ideas about best practices, methods or work challenges. In a broader sense, the focus is on digital political education that is critical of anti-Semitism and racism. What experiences have you had here? Which methods work? What questions or challenges have you always wanted to discuss with other experts?  If you would like to offer a session and have a topic suggestion, please enter it in the corresponding field when registering for the conference – the organisers will then get in touch in good time. Each session will last 45 minutes. There will be ten sessions in total. If you have a contribution for the Open Space, please indicate this on the registration form.

contact at the University of Erfurt:

Holder of the Professorship for Democracy Promotion and Digital Policy
(Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences)
Lehrgebäude 1 / Raum 0145
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