KAICIID dialogue centre holding conference series on “The Image of the Other”

May 22nd, 2013
     KAICIID – The Image of The Other 20.11.2012 “The overall aim of this project series is to help replace subjective interreligious or intercultural misperceptions and stereotyping with more objective, appropriate and respectful ways of thinking about and depicting followers of other religions and cultures.”
In 2013, KAICIID will launch a series of Conferences that will highlight interreligious projects with themes ranging from Education to the Media to the Internet, under the title “The Image of The Other”.
Aim The overall aim of this project series is to help replace subjective interreligious or intercultural misperceptions and stereotyping with more objective, appropriate and respectful ways of thinking about and depicting followers of other religions and cultures i.e. “the Other”.
Conference Series
The public, visible face of the initiative will comprise three International Conferences over three years, each dedicated to a special theme. The background to each conference will comprise research at grassroots level, coordination among stakeholders, engagement of organisations already working in the field and strategic follow-through to implementation.
Selected Conference Themes:
2013: Education – “Towards a more Enriching Interreligious Education”
2014: Media – “Targeting Conscious and Unconscious Stereotyping by the Media”
2015: Internet – “Strengthening Critical Attitudes towards Intolerance and Biases on the Internet”
2013: First Conference, in Vienna
“Towards a more Enriching Interreligious Education” will seek input from practitioners, from experts and from other stakeholders to enable KAICIID to develop a framework for global best practice interreligious education for both students and teachers; this forum will also seek to assist others already engaged in this field to implement their projects.
Conference Goals
Enable children and young adults to:
    recognize bias
    become aware of the heterogeneity of the followers of religions be able to autonomously access credible information sources about the Other
    overcome reactions of fear and self-affirmation when meeting different beliefs become self-confident but empathic to learn from interreligious experiences
    embrace values of dialogue, of mutual respect and understanding in dealing with others
Conference Modules
    Our image of Self and our image of the Other; Empathy Analysing and Improving Textbooks Education for Foreign Communities, Refugees and Immigrants Teaching Critical Attitudes towards Internet and Media sources Individualising and Humanising the Presentation of Religion
Implementation Once suitable and locally-adaptable educational tools have been developed, KAICIID will, in its role as a hub, connect with particular governments, educational institutions and interfaith initiatives to agree implementation steps.