The Right to Be Heard

Who is given permission to speak? Who is silenced by the dominant discourse, institutions and the media?

Due to the impact of Europe's colonial history, which still persists in various forms, and the continuing prospect of South to North migration due to climate change and armed conflict, all promises of democracy, human rights, sustainability and freedom are being put to the test in the Global North. Do inclusive forums for critical dialogue really exist? 

Our guest speaker educationalist Zahra Bayati, who leads our first Intercultural Morning Coffee on the topic of The Right To Be Heard will talk about the dangers of institutional silencing in critical times. Zahra Bayati, PhD in Educational Sciences, is a researcher and senior lecturer at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her current research interests include learning, multilingualism, minority education, diversity, identity issues, gender, intersectionality and racism; with focus on colonialism and globalisation. 

Join us in this interactive discussion if you are concerned by the lack of opportunity to discuss difficult or controversial topics. This is a chance to meet colleagues in the ALF Network who have similar concerns to you and to be part of a wide-ranging discussion about power, silencing and the ability to change the discourse through inclusion. 

With contributions from Swedish network member, Bertil Björk, STPLN - Malmö who will talk from his experience as a journalist and editor about the exclusiveness he has encountered in the media, as well as the opportunities social media offers to disrupt silencing. The ALF Network Coordinator, Rasha Shaaban, National Museums of World Culture - Gothenburg will share her experience from Mind the Gap programme about storytelling as a form of inclusion and active citizenship. 

The Morning Coffee is moderated by Denise L Mellion, River of Light (Gothenburg) and ALF Swedish network advisory committee member.

When: 2 June at 08.45 - 09.45 CET (09.45 - 10.45 Helsinki/Beirut time)

Language: English

Open to Anna Lindh Foundation network members and beyond.

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More information, please contact the Swedish network coordinator Rasha Shaaban 


Organised thanks to the support of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the ALF Swedish network