NORDPLUS HIGHER EDUCATION
"STRANGERS: the Own Kind and the Other in Art and Theology"
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
1. To implement experiences regarding existing political strategies. To provide theologically based socio-political artistic vision on the refugee topic,
2. To move beyond negativism, nihilism and nationalism, and to learn valuing humanity and solidarity,
3. To use artistic images of suffering, war, homelessness, and crisis - to arouse an emotional attitude and response to the issue.
Lithuania: Kaunas University College, Faculty of Arts - Justinas Vienozinskis and Vaidas Matonis.
Sweden: Malmo University, Faculty of Health and Society - Jonas Christiansen.
DOORSTEP TRAINING: Interdisciplinary Refugee Studies.
- Complex political context of the issue: Nordic-Baltic and EU countries (prof. Marju Medar, Estonia; prof. Aldis Abelonis, Lithuania),
- Aspects of democracy as platform for solidarity and cohesion (prof. Skaidrīte Gūtmane, Latvia),
- Anthropological and theological discourse as background for practice with strangers (ass. prof. Valters Dolacis, Latvia),
- Application of method of integrative theology for the analysis of problematics of integration in the labor market (prof. Elvyra Aciene, Lithuania),
- Social aspects: welfare state model in Nordic countries: joint Nordic-Baltic strategies (ass. prof. Juris Osis, Latvia).
Field trip to Asylum center "Mucenieki".
Workshop: "Images of crisis, war, homelessness and suffering".
Panel discussion: "Social Teaching of the Church on strangers and migration".