‘Social Polarisations, the Future of Youth and Learning Environments’ Conference

Location: New Residence Hall - McGill University, 3625 Parc avenue, Montreal, Quebec H2X 3P8

Start Date: 02/04/2020 8:00 am   End Date: 03/04/2020 5:00 pm

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 crisis, the event has been cancelled.

Presented by the Research and Action on Social Polarisations team, in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism, the SHERPA Institute and the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, the conference « Polarisations sociales, avenir des jeunes et milieux éducatifs » will be held on April 2nd and 3rd 2020 in Montréal. 

Associated with growing social inequalities, the global rise of populism legitimizes hate speech and comes with the resurgence of various identity tensions. This context spares neither Québec nor Canada: polarisation of attitudes and statements leads to the increase of intergroup conflicts as well as hate crimes, which threatens our togetherness. Current research underlines the central role of learning environments in prevention, but how should we comprehend this prevention in the specific context of Québec? How can we prevent social polarisations by taking into account our history, current social issues and existing resources?

Photo credit : Research and Action on Social Polarisations (RAPS)