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Dr Kirsten Ainley
Centre for International Studies
Department of International Relations
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
Email: cis@lse.ac.uk  


Beyond Tolerance: Citizenship, Diversity, Constructive Conflict

Date: Friday 25 November 2016, 9.00am - 2.00pm
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, The London School of Economics and Political Science (1 Sheffield Street, London WC2A 2AP)

This conference is supported by the LSE CIS and Institute of Global Affairs.

Backdrop and approach

We face a multitude of potential forces that threaten to stretch our social fabric, picking at our biases and unwinding our seams of diversity. In addition, we seem to have become rusty at constructive conflict — succumbing to polar binaries as lazy alternatives to mutual understanding.

On that backdrop, we take the view that 1) a proactive pursuit of diversity and enhanced engagement in constructive conflict can help avert the more destructive kind, 2) showcasing role-models from perceived minorities can counter beliefs of exclusion, and 3) novel approaches are required to counter the roots of polarised conflict and “immunize” communities against exploitative extremism — secular or religious.

About the event

Check out the list of speakers (below): this should be a fast-paced energetic conference with several ‘insights blasts’ from a variety of perspectives, debates on the role of education, businesses and universities and a roving spotlight inviting interaction from the audience. There will also be a student-led ‘hackathon’ on the evening before. The draft conference programme can be found here.

Amongst confirmed speakers: Dr Naif Al-Mutawa, Hanan Al HroubLord Jitesh Gadhia, Allyson Stewart-Allen, Caroline Watson, Scott Weber, Professor Erik Berglof, Catherine Howarth, Julia Karmo, Vikas Pota, Peter Lacy, Sonia Medina, Jon Alexander, Ayla Goksel, Noa Gafni Slaney, Veronica Needa, Belinda Parmar, Kathryn Tomlinson, Funmi Iyanda, Professor Christine Chinkin, Nour Khaled, Fardous Bahbouh, Jonathan Simons, Janice Lopatkin, Nasser Yassin, Matt Powell,  and Professor Lutfey Siddiqi.

Further information

This event is now sold out. Please feel free to e-mail s.wise3@lse.ac.uk if you have any queries.

Suggested hashtag for this event: #LSEBeyondTolerance


This event has been certified for CPD purposes by the CPD Certification Service. Self-Assessment Record forms will be made available for delegates wishing to record further learning and knowledge enhancement for Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPD) purposes.

For delegates who wish to obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance, it is the responsibility of delegates to register their details with a LSE member of staff at the end of the event and as of 1 September 2014 a certificate will be sent within 28 days of the date of the event attended by the CPD Certification Service.

If a delegate fails to register their details at the event, it will not prove possible to issue a certificate. (For queries relating to CPD Certificates of attendance after a request please phone 0208 840 4383 or email info@cpduk.co.uk).