Debating Seminar Reader, 2013

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How do young people cope with an ever more complex world?
What are their personal experiences with migration and integration?
These are the guiding questions behind the six-part debating series on diversity that Network Migration in Europe has composed. By setting up an elaborate framework for debate, we aim to enable and encourage meaningful discussion among students on issues that arise within European migration societies, exploring them both from an individual and a socio-political perspective.

What is debating?

The format of "Debating Diversity" follows the classic model of parliamentary debate (two teams, the affirmative team and the negative team, consisting of three speakers each plus a chairperson). Besides the fun of reasoning and arguing against each other that we anticipate the students to have through this formal debating procedure, it is our foremost goal to encourage the participants to move beyond a simple pro-con or either-or logic and have them embrace a broader understanding of very different arguments and their respective validity.

Even though the six discussions will vary thematically, the debates' main focus will remain the same:
- exploring and developing multi-layered arguments and viewpoints, which are informed by learning and information material that is provided by Network Migration in Europe e.V.
- encouraging the participants to critically reflect on, and possibly re-evaluate, their own role, their belief-system and their identity within society.

Next debating seminar and workshop:

19 and 20 April 2013

7 and 8 June 2013

17 August 2013

20 August 2013

Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance
1. Floor
Wilhelmstraße 67, 10117 Berlin

Registration and Information
Please contact: Dr. Anne von Oswald: