"The Face Behind the Hate" - International workshop on the potential of peacful conflict resolution approaches in tackling radicalization

 ‘the face behind the hate’

International workshop on 

the potential of peaceful conflict resolution approaches in tackling radicalization

on 14 May 2013 at the National Institute of Criminology,
(Budapest, Hungary, 1122 Budapest, Maros utca 6/a.)

The conference is organised by the Foresee Research Group in partnership with the National Institute of Criminology (OKRI),
 within the framework of the REDICT Project (Resolving Disputes in twenty-first Century - 2011-2013, Consortium leader: European Institute for Reconciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, Czech Republic),
supported by the European Commission’s Grundtvig Programme
(Adult Learning Programme within the Lifelong Learning Programme of the Education)

What is the potential of peaceful conflict resolution in preventing and handling the issue of radicalisation?
In what specific ways, at what stages and to what extent can we apply the restorative justice approach and its practices (such as mediation, conferencing and peacemaking circles) in supporting communities affected by intercultural clashes?


This workshop intends to make a link between professionals dealing with peaceful conflict resolution techniques, on the one hand, and with the issue of radicalisation and hate crimes, on the other. During this interactive day our attempt is to think loudly and collectively on the above-raised questions: mapping the possible connection points, shared dilemmas, ideas, lessons learnt during our activities and future directions concerning the fields of radicalization-prevention and conflict resolution – with the possibility of being self-critical and highlighting both successes and challenges.   

The workshop will provide an interactive forum for professionals from various relevant fields (lawyers, judges, prosecutors, police, probation workers, social workers, mediators, policy makers, community workers etc.) to share their experiences and thoughts in the fields of radicalisation and conflict management and to enable them to create partnerships for future joint initiatives.

Keynote speakers: Mr. Péter Krekó (Director of the Political Capital Institute, Hungary), Harald Weilnböck (Radicalisation Awareness Network)Mgr. Zuzana Vasičáková Očenášová (mediator and dance movement therapist, Slovakia), Mr. György Zsombok (Director of the National Protective Service, Hungary), Gabriella Benedek (project manager, Foresee Research Group, Hungary)

Registration for participation is free of charge (incl. the coffee breaks and the lunch).

The language of the workshop is English.

The number of participants is limited to 65. Please register online well in advance, since registration is confirmed on a first come, first served basis.  

A chance for disseminating your activities: we welcome any kind of material that you would like to share with the other participants about your projects (reports, leaflets, books, posters etc.). For that an info-desk will be provided, so bring anything that you think others would be interested in!

For more information, please contact: Dr. Borbala Fellegi at borbala.fellegi@foresee.hu


Workshop programme (draft)

9:00-9:30                    Registration

9:30-9:50                    Welcoming on behalf of the REDICT project, the National Institute of Criminology and the Foresee Research Group

9:50-10:10                   Opening speech: Living without taboos – how to prevent radicalization in interethnic communities?
Presenter: Mr. Péter Krekó, director of the Political Capital Institute, Hungary

10:10-10:50                  Mediation projects in intercultural communities
Presenters: Mgr. Zuzana Vasičáková Očenášová, mediator and dance movement therapist (Slovakia), Ms. Gabriella Benedek (national expert of the GPCCM project, project manager of the ALTERNATIVE project, Foresee Research Group, Hungary)

10:50-11:00                  Questions and answers

11:00-11:15                   Coffee break

11:15-12:15                   Workshop sessions I: “Getting to know each other
Moderated small group discussions for self-introductions and for discussing one  predefined key question related to conflict resolution and radicalization     

12:30-13:15                   Behind the scenes: the killings against Roma in Hungary
             from the eyes of the chief policeman 
Presenter: Mr. György Zsombok, director of the National  
             Protective Service, Hungary

13:15-14:15                  Sandwich lunch

14:15-15:15                  Film and discussion: Beyond Right and Wrong: Stories of Justice and Forgiveness
“This documentary tells the stories of people who both endured and perpetrated cruelty and aggression in the genocide in Rwanda, the violence in Israel/Palestine, and the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland.”

15: 15-16:15                 Workshop sessions II: “The meaning of trust, understanding and forgiveness in our work- Moderated small group discussions.

16:15-16:30                  Coffee break

16:30-17:30                 Workshop summaries by the workshop moderators

17:30-17:45                 Closing thoughts and move forward
Presenter: Harald Weilnböck, Co-chair of the DERAD  working group of the Radicalization Awareness Network (RAN) of the European Commission

17:45-18:15                  Closing round

18:15-19:00                  Concert of the Therne Phrala Roma band (authentic Gypsy music)

20:00                          Dinner (self-financed)

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Do you request any special dietary? If so, please specify.


Would you like to come to the pre-conference dinner on 13 May (self-financed)?
Information about the restaurant will be provided later.

Would you like to come to the conference dinner on 14 May (self-financed)?

About the restaurant:
Trofea Grill Restaurant has the most frequented location at the foot of Margaret Bridge, at a place where there used to be a restaurant even 100 years ago. It offers a wide buffet selection of food and drinks at a fixed price, for approx. 20 EUR/person, including all you can eat and all you can drink

Would you like to attend our sightseeing tour in the Castle district and the city centre of Budapest from 13.00 on 15 May? 
This programme is free of charge.

 Would you like to come to a traditional thermal bath with us on 15 May from 16.00 (self-financed)?
(The location of the bath will be specified later.)

 Would you like us to book accommodation for you in Budapest?
If so, please send us your accommodation requests until 15 April, otherwise we cannot guarantee the requested accommodation for you.
(In case, you want to change your accommodation preferences, please write an email to us anytime.)

We searched for the following hotel, 15 min walk from the conference place. 

Hotel Budapest 

Double room is 54 EUR/room/night (incl. a minimal breakfast) 

Here you can see its location and direction to the conference venue.



In case of any question, feel free to contact Dr. Borbala Fellegi at borbala.fellegi@foresee.hu.

Thank you for your registration and see you in Budapest in May in 2013!