Conference: Minorities in a Pluralist Society


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Conference: Minorities in a Pluralist Society


CONFERENCE: 1-3 SEPTEMBER 2,000
 
MINORITIES in a PLURALIST SOCIETY in the new MILLENNIUM
 
FOR POLICY MAKERS, EDUCATIONISTS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, SOCIAL WORKERS,
ADMINISTRATORS:
 
MASARYK UNIVERSITY, BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC
Sponsors:
CR Government;  UK Foreign Office
 
Please see our website for complete information including booking:
http://fss.muni.cz/psych/romale/conf_2000.html
Email enquiries: polaskov@fssmuni.cz  (Eva Polaskova)
UK Enquiries to: Dr Hilary Gray, Tel: +44 (0)1629 55345; 
Hilarygray@aol.com
 
BRNO IS A FINE CENTRAL EUROPEAN BASE: COMBINE A HOLIDAY WITH
CONTRIBUTING TO OUR CONFERNCE!
 
Conference opening: Czech Minister of Education & the UK Ambassador
 
Committed speakers:  Prof Sally Tomlinson: U Oxford
Prof Tony Cline: U Luton
Prof Ed Cairns, U Ulster (Member, APA Ethnic Conflict Committee)
 
Plenary & Parallel Sessions:
Ethnicity, anti-racism
National and local administration for Equal Opportunities.
Anti-oppressive practice: working with minority families
School management and curriculum in the interests of all children
Educational assessment of ethnic minority children
Promoting skills in young children
 
Conference languages: Czech and English
 
If you research, administer policy, or practice with ethnic minority
children and their families, you may well have a contribution which
would help Czech professionals with their difficult problem. Workshop
material is particularly welcome.
 
Or just come: join the event & meet the people: there will be films,
visits to local provision, a reception, and an exhibition.
 
Submission of Papers: as soon as possible & not later than 01 05 2,000
You will be informed within 3 weeks and not later than 15 05 2,000:
Title, short resume (approx 200 words) and generous abstracts (approx
1,000 words)
Dr Christopher Alan Lewis,
Psychology Department, Behavioural & Communication Studies,
University of Ulster at Magee College, Londonderry, BT  48 7JL
+44 (0)1504 375 320          CA.Lewis@ulst.ac.uk
 
CONTEXT & RATIONALE:
Brno, a fine Central European city, is capital of Moravia & the Czech
Republic's second city. Approximately 200 km by rail or road from
Prague (Vienna is nearer), BRNO is an excellent base for visits to
Central Europe: castles & renaissance towns within easy reach;
un-missable Czech beer; night life second to none.
 
Masaryk University is the country's second oldest, with 20,000
students. This conference will complete one of the country's first 
Equal Opportunities projects, conducted in the Faculty of Social
Studies, by the Department of Psychology, a discipline which  suffered
heavy repression in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. The education
system also carries effects of the totalitarian regime: it
successfully teaches basic skills, but is formal in delivery and
management.
 
All the psychologists' research has been within the context of the
Roma community, the ethnic minority who suffer much discrimination
thorughout East & Central Europe. The research has included an
investigation of Roma child-rearing, (relevant to anti-oppressive
social work), a study of fair assessment of children,  (including
Dynamic Assessment), and a project to facilitate democratic classroom
discipline.
 
Venue:
The Conference venue is Masaryk University's very modern Economics
Faculty 1 km from the town centre. Meals and accommodation are 4
minutes away, in comfortable, modern 2-bed rooms (bathroom between 2
rooms)
 
Costs:
Western participants: Waged: 105; Unwaged 75 (lower costs for
Eastern participants).
This includes:
Meals from evening 31/8 to breakfast 4/9, (1 day before & after
conference) but excluding conference dinner.
Accommodation with 2 sharing (you can request single rooms and/or
additional nights: 5 / night)
 
This price does not include airfare. The cheapest travel to Prague is
with BA-Go Supersaver: 98
(We will arrange group travel if demand is sufficient, and in any case
we will meet 2 designated planes on 31 August)
 
Possible option of later return flight with pre-booked venue in
Slovakia, if sufficient demand. We are delighted to recommend
interesting & beautiful visits if you rpefer independent on-going
travel.
 
Apologies for cross posting.
Dr Hilary Gray, Secretary, British & East European Psychology Group
Hilarygray@aol.com

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