Seminars about social change and responsibility: Inta Mieriņa about etnical nationalism

The Latvian Sociological Association in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia is presenting a series of public discussions on topical processes in Latvia’s society. On the last Thursday of every month, Latvia’s key social scientists will be presenting their latest research on issues that concern everyone. The series events will be held at the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia premises, Marijas iela 13/3, Berg Bazar.

Social scientists analyse issues of importance to society, and this work is mostly funded by public means. Therefore the public should have full access to the results of scientists’ work, and social scientists need to be part of the public debate. We want to increase the visibility of high quality take on key societal issues – one that is analytical and deep, yet provocative a fresh, to counteract the impact of fragmented and partial messages in the public space. The series will be starting with the contributions of sociologists.

Sociology discusses the deeper processes that underlie the functioning of society. Examples are inequality and the economic system maintaining it, or benefits, challenges and risks of migration. Sociology also addresses individuals’ everyday experiences and demonstrates how we as unique human beings are tightly interwoven in the network of societal norms, habits and assumptions.

Season One of the series presented by the Latvian Sociological Association in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia is named “Social change and responsibility”. Each month, researchers will hold an informal yet structured exchange of ideas, open to anyone interested in understanding societal processes and in fostering a responsible civil society. The format is familiar and conducive to exchange of thoughts: one key presenter will offer input on a social issue, idea or a particular study, followed by a discussion, continued informally over tea, coffee and snacks.

The first discussion on January 31 will be opened by the presentation of Inta Mieriņa, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Latvia and Director of the Centre for Migration Studies of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute. Inta will address the growth of support for ethnic nationalism and extreme-right ideology in Europe, in particular in young people, highlighting the paradoxical differences between attitudes of young people from post-socialist and Western states. In addition, Inta will discuss the links between attitudes towards migrants and individuals’ own experience of migration.

The first Season One event is taking place on January 31st from 6 to 8 p.m.