Copenhagen Program

May 27

Day of Arrival 

Fellows arrive during the day at the HIA office: Farvergade 27B, 1463 København K. The fellows will receive their travel card for public transportation and travel directions to the house of the host family. 

The evening is reserved for fellows to get to know their host families.

May 28

10 hours of Action

On the very first day of the fellowship, all fellows will be divided in groups of three. The groups will be asked to create an action project with the goal of raising awareness of various forms of discrimination that LGBT people in Denmark endure during Århus Pride on June 4th.  The first group will raise awareness of the many hate crimes perpetuated towards people who identify as LGBTQ. The second group will come up with an action dealing with structural and everyday racism that LGBTQ people face. The third and final group will work directly with the transgender campaign that CPH Pride and Amnesty International Denmark launched earlier this year and create an action that empowers transgender people in Denmark. The three groups have to present their action projects in the evening and a small panel will choose a winner. The winning group will be asked to perform their action project during Århus Pride.      

  • Case 1: Hate crimes
  • Case 2: Structural/Everyday discrimination
  • Case 3: Transgender campaign with Amnesty International

Location:  Borups Højskole, Classroom: Frokoststuen

Program Coordinator: Magnus Harrison

  • Meet at McDonalds at Nørreport to go to Borups Højskole
  • “Get up, stand up - the need for social impact”, by Magnus Harrison, National Director Humanity in Action Denmark
  • Presentation of Case and group formation
  • Action outline in groups
  • Lunch
  • Action Project work in groups
  • Action presentations to the judging panel

May 29

Welcome to the Fellowship

Every fellowship group has its own dynamics - some groups have functioned better when split up into smaller groups, others have used endless time to discuss all topics in plenum. However, certain features have dominated the best functioning groups over the years, namely having dared to be honest, trusting each other even in difficult and emotional discussions and respecting one another in spite of opposing opinions. Today the group will prepare for the coming fellowship and discuss how the cohort should function. Anders Jerichow, Chair of Humanity in Action Denmark, will welcome the fellows to the 2016 Copenhagen Fellowship. Magnus Harrison, National Director, will introduce this year’s fellowship theme and program. Finally, the group will discuss their personal expectations, the group, and the program.  

Location:  Borups Højskole, Classroom: Frokoststuen

Program Coordinator: Magnus Harrison

  • “Welcome to the Copenhagen Fellowship”, a presentation by Anders Jerichow, Journalist and commentator at the Danish daily newspaper Politiken, Chairman of The Board of HIA Denmark
  • “Introduction to the Fellowship”, a presentation by Magnus Harrison, National Director Humanity in Action Denmark
  • Ground rules workshop, facilitated by Magnus Harrison, National Director Humanity in Action Denmark 

May 30

A Decade of Crises

In the last decade, Europe has faced several crises and challenges across the continent ranging from financial challenges to a debt crisis, the resurgence of war in the mainland of Europe namely Ukraine, several horrific terror attacks, a rise in nationalism and political polarization, the return of extreme right wing movements, the breakdown of the Schengen accord, and an unprecedented refugee crisis.  Human rights and minorities are under severe pressure on all fronts and with the first glooming signs of climate change, it is hard to imagine brighter days. These challenge are the very core of Europe and the post-World War II consensus. This will be the focal point of day. Bjørn Bredal will welcome us to Borups Højskole following a workshop discussing narratives of crises. After lunch, Cecilie Felicia Stockholm Banke will place the current refugee crisis in a historical lens and finally Finn Østrup will discuss the financial crisis and its implications.  

Location: Borups Højskole, Classroom: 09.45 - 12.15 Prismesalen / 13.15 - 17.00 Salen

Program Coordinator: Magnus Harrison  

  • Morning song 
  • “Welcome to Borups Højskole”, by Bjørn Bredal, Superintendent of Borups Højskole
  • “Learning from history - refugees then and now” Cecilie Felicia Stockholm Banke, Senior Researcher at Danish Institute for International Studies
  • “The power of narratives” Workshop by Magnus Harrison, National Director Humanity in Action Denmark
  • “A decade of financial distress”, a presentation by Finn Østrup, Professor (MSO) Copenhagen Business School
  • Group discussion and wrap up 

May 31

Europe in Question

The definition of Europe has been discussed for millennia within the geographical, political and cultural discipline. The European Union does not guarantee a “unified Europe” and it is even harder to define “Europe” when the continent is constantly in flux. The crisis of the last decade has hit Europe severely, forcing Europe to change once again because of the reactions such as the reinstatement of national borders, that the EU worked so hard to dismantle back in time. What accounts for the reinforcement of borders? What does it mean for the EU and for Europe? Marlene Wind will begin the day by talking about the definition of Europe vs. The EU - How it has developed and why it is structured as it is. Martin Klatt will talk about the borders, which exist, even though most of the European countries have signed the Schengen agreement. Ismar Cirkinagic will talk about his latest exhibition; “Ocean Europe”, which discusses European values. At the end of the day Anne Haubek will come and talk about the political compliances Europe currently faces. 

Location:  Borups Højskole, Classroom: 09.30 - 12.30 Prismesalen / 13.15 - 17.45 Salen

Program Coordinator: Ida Rønhoff Nielsen 

  • Morning song
  • Introduction to today’s program
  • "Europe and the European Union”, a presentation by Marlene Wind, PhD in European Politics and Center leader of Center of European politics at Copenhagen University 
  • “Borders in borderless Europe”, a presentation by Martin Klatt, PhD in History and Associate Professor at Center for Border Region Studies, University of Southern Denmark
  • “Ocean Europe”, a presentation by Ismar Cirkinagic, Artist and political activist
  • Group discussion and wrap up
  • “The European divorce?”, a presentation by Anne Haubek, Journalist, Hostess and editor of the radio programmes “Europe right now” and “Orientation” at DR. 

June 1

Day of Action

Humanity in Action cares deeply for the conditions of human rights and minority relations. We ask all fellows to execute an action project after completing the fellowship. These action projects function as the backbone of the organization and is an outlet through which Humanity in Action gets its name as well as empowers young people to take responsibility of their community while becoming active citizens. To empower the action part of Humanity in Action, the fellows on this year’s fellowship will be placed with an NGO in the greater Copenhagen area for the first time in this program. They will get a unique insight into methods, theories, and motivations of the NGOs and their target groups. The NGOs have been selected because they are innovative and ground breaking in their field and in Denmark. Grace KBH is one of the few shelters that works with international homeless people. Muhabet is a drop-in center in Nørrebro for immigrants with mental health challenges and has been widely acclaimed for its work. CPH Pride has become the leading LGBT organization in Denmark. Sabaah has been instrumental for the advancement, integration, as well as physical and mental well being for intersectional LGBT people in Denmark. Finally Asylum-Center Kongelunden has been on the forefront of the refugee crisis and hosts vulnerable groups such as children, single women and people with physical and mental disabilities. Fellows will perform tasks uniquely designed for each of the host organizations and the groups will present a report on the final day of the Fellowship.   

Staff mentors:

  • Ida: Grace
  • Magnus: CPH Pride & Sabaah
  • Priyanka: Asylum-center Kongelunden & Muhabet

Groups:  

  • Group 1: Grace: Baggesensgade 7-9, 2200 Copenhagen N
  • Group 2: Muhabet: Bragesgade 8c, 2200 København N
  • Group 3: CPH Pride: Knabrostræde 20 st, 1210 København K 
  • Group 4: Sabaah: Onkel Dannys Plads 1, 1711 København V
  • Group 5: Asyl-center Kongelunden   

June 2

Intercultural Relations in Europe

Mahatma Gandhi so prolifically stated, “A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” Today we will focus on the weakest members of society and the one group of people who face severe discrimination and marginalization in Denmark and across Europe: the Roma. We will begin the day by theorizing larger questions of majority/ minority relations. This will lay the foundation for a better understanding of how one can listen and speak up for the weakest members of society. We will then discuss the relationship between, minorities, nationalism, and political conflicts before turning our attention towards the Roma. 

Location: Borups Højskole, Classroom: 09.30 - 16.15 Prismesalen / 16.30 - 18.00 Salen

Program Coordinator: Priyanka Srinivasa 

 

  • Morning song
  • Introduction to today’s program
  • Intercultural workshop with Lea Lybecker, HIA Senior Fellow, dialogue facilitator and co-founder of the organiztion “Dialogik”
  • Intercultural workshop with Lea Lybecker, dialogue facilitator and co-founder of the organisation “Dialogik”
  • “Reflections on religious satire in Europe” presentation by Denis Meyerhoff Brink, Associate professor at Department of Acts and Culture, Copenhagen University
  • Group discussions 
  • “Europe’s inability to recognize Roma people”, presented by Thomas Hammarberg, Swedish diplomat, former Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and Board Member of Raoul Wallenberg Institute 

 

June 3

Human Rights in Question

In the 1990s, international human rights were celebrated widely. This, however is not the case today. UN conventions and the universalism of international human rights are questioned by multiple people and politicians across Europe. This has spread fear within pro-human rights circles that countries will leave or demand changes to conventions etc. Others argue, however, that it is for the benefit of human rights that the conventions and values are questioned and debated. Another part of the debates about human rights often centers on moral questions concerning the rights of a collective group, the rights of individuals, the right to preserve one’s culture, and the rights to practice one’s religion.  In more global and multi-ethnic/-cultural societies, these discussions will continue to be hot-button issues and thus, the ability to navigate these moral questions are ever so important. Eva Maria Lassen will discuss this in a workshop, Mark Gibney will then discuss how human rights are represented in popular media, and Steven Jensen discuss the origins of contemporary human rights system. 

Location:  Borups Højskole, Classroom: 09.30 - 17.30 Prismesalen 

Program Coordinator: Magnus Harrison

 

  • Morning song
  • Introduction to today’s program
  • “Rights vs Rights Workshop”, facilitated by Eva Maria Lassen, Vice Chair Humanity in Action Denmark, Senior Researcher at Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • “Watching human rights” A presentation by Mark Gibney, Belk Distinguished Professor at UNC Asheville and Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute
  • “The making of International Human Rights”, a presentation by Steven Jensen, PhD in History and researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • Group discussions and wrap up 

 

June 4

Day off 

Århus Pride

June 5

Day off, Enjoy Wonderful Copenhagen!

Constitution Day & Father’s Day 

Because of Constitution Day, there will be a lot of events around the city, go and check them out in the sunny weather.

June 6

The Flight of Refugees 

Last year, Europe trembled in fear of the great movements of refugees and migrants pouring over the borders of Europe through the Balkan route. The definitions of ‘refugee’ and ‘migrant’ have been debated in academic literature and public policy in order to expand the definition. Most often there are two designations connected with people who are forced to flee:  1. Physical danger from war, terrorism, lack of security, and violence. But ‘refugees’ or ‘migrants’ may also refer to people who have experienced loss of their home because of climate change, ‘structural violence’ issues such as lack of support from the state, lack of access to food, housing, and job opportunities for life subsistence. In the beginning of the day Thomas Gammeltoft Hansen will talk about the right to asylum according to human rights conventions. Klaus Rothstein will discuss how the refugee crisis is being handled in MENA countries. And finally Tarek Kelani will come and talk about his own experience during his flight to Denmark. 

Location: Borups Højskole, Classroom: 08.30 - 12.30 Prismesalen / 13.30 - 15.00 Salen

Program Coordinator: Ida Rønhoff Nielsen

 

  • Introduction to today’s program
  • “Rights to Asylum - UNHCR, Dublin”, a presentation by Thomas Gammeltoft Hansen, PhD in law and appointed Research Director at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute. 
  • Break
  • “EU’s way  to address the refugee crisis in relation MENA countries”, a presentation by Klaus Rothstein, critic, commentator and journalist at the Danish newspaper “Weekendavisen”
  • Group discussion 
  • Lunch
  • “A refugee's tale”, a personal account by Tarek Kelani, former journalism student at Damascus University and refugee
  • Wrap up and selection for exhibitions Thursday 

 

June 7

Welcoming Refugees

Yesterday, we presented and discussed the external factors and conditions relating to refugees and the rights to asylum. Today we will discuss the issues that surround refugees once they have applied for asylum in Denmark. The first speaker will present how the integration of refugees in Denmark is progressing, what refugees are entitled to and what is expected of them. The second speaker will discuss how the refugee crisis and the fear of the ‘Other’ polarizes politics and civil society. After lunch we will discuss civil courage with Erik Hansen from Grandparents for Asylum. Finally the group will travel to Asylcenter Kongelund - an asylum center close to Copenhagen. 

Location:  Borups Højskole/ Asylum center, Classroom: 09.30 - 12.30 Prismesalen / 13.30 - 14.30 Salen

Program Coordinator: Priyanka Srinivasa

 

  • Morning song
  • Introduction to today’s program
  • “Integration of refugees in Denmark” a presentation by Zachary Whyte, DPhil from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford and part-time lecturer at Copenhagen University
  • “Nørrebro - A history of immigration”, a presentation by Garbi Smith, PhD in Islamic Studies and Professor of Cultural Encounters at the Institute for Culture and Identity at Roskilde University
  • “On the run for life”, a debate with Erik Hansen from Grandparents for Asylum
  • Visit to Asyl-Center Kongelunden

 

June 8 

Day of Action

All fellows will meet at the address of the organisation they will work with, and do their best to solve the tasks they will face. The organisations decide the program of the day for each of the groups. 

Staff mentors:

 

  • Ida: Grace
  • Magnus: CPH Pride & Sabaah
  • Priyanka: Asylum-center Kongelunden & Muhabet

 

Groups: 

 

  • Group 1: Grace: Baggesensgade 7-9, 2200 Copenhagen N
  • Group 2: Muhabet: Bragesgade 8c, 2200 København N
  • Group 3: CPH Pride: Knabrostræde 20 st, 1210 København K 
  • Group 4: Sabaah: Onkel Dannys Plads 1, 1711 København V
  • Group 5: Asyl-center Kongelunden  will have their “Day of Action” on Sunday the 5th and 8th  

 

June 9

Europe at War

In 2012 the Nobel Peace Prize was given to the European Union for its commitment to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe for over six decades. Many critics at the time of the Balkan Wars, however, were critical of EU’s lack of leadership. The impression of the EU as a peacemaker or instigator faltered with the inability to stop the outbreak of civil war in Ukraine, Russia’s occupation of Crimea and the worsening of the Syrian civil war- which destabilized the entire region, gave ground to ISIL, and displaced millions of people. Many European countries since 9/11 have also become active in warfare and have been committed to the Wars in Afghanistan then Iraq, Libya, and now Syria. Europe might not have been at war in the region but it has been at war with distant countries and illusive enemies.  The question is: how has this affected Europe? 

Location:  Borups Højskole and museums, Classroom: 13.30 - 17.00 Prismesalen

Program Coordinator: Ida Rønhoff Nielsen 

 

  • Group 1. “A Distant war”, The Royal Arsenal Museum, Tøjhusgade 3, 1220 København K
  • Group 2.  “The Dream of Peace”, Cisterne Søndermarken 2000 Frederiksberg 
  • Lunch while sharing exhibition reflections
  • “An end in sight? From Al-qaeda to ISIL and still no victory”, a presentation by Jørn Boye Nielsen, MSc and Chair of the Council on International Conflict Resolution 
  • “Perpetrators disgust - reactions to killing”, a presentation by Ditte Marie Munch-Jurisic, PhD in Philosophy and Minority Studies and HIA Senior Fellow 
  • Group discussion and wrap up
  • Time off - dinner on your own
  • Meet at Sort/Hvid Teatret, Standgade 38 1699 København V 
  • Exhibition: “Martyrmuseum”, Sort/Hvid teateret Remember photo ID and student card

 

June 10 

Terror as a New Normal

During the last decade, Europe has been hit by several terror attacks. Terror has become a “normal” security threat in everyday life but we still use public transportation and carry on with our everyday lives - so have the terrorists won?  The fear that terror breeds affects the eagerness of European governments to push their anti-terror legislation to limit of fundamental rights. Has terror simply become the new normal in Europeans everyday life?  Peter Vedel Kessing will start the day and discuss anti-terror legislation from a human rights perspective. Following lunch, terror expert Lars Erslev Andersen will discuss terror as a new normal. In the afternoon we will host an open event discussing reactions to crises with perspectives from Khaterah Parwani who has worked extensively with anti-radicalization. Calle Vangstrup reacted to the refugee crisis by sailing refugees from Denmark to Sweden. Thomas Ubbesen, as a correspondent, covered terror attacks across Europe, trailing refugees from Turkey through European and witnessed the reactions of the local populations. Judy Goldstein, HIA’s Founder and Executive Director will give reflections on why reaction or action is so important to us and society. 

Location: Borups Højskole/Søndermarken, Classroom: 09.45 - 14.45 Prismesalen - 15.30 - 17.00 Salen

Program Coordinator: Magnus Harrison

 

  • Introduction to the day
  • “Mission impossible: Fighting terror and adhering to international human rights”, a presentation by Peter Vedel Kessing, Senior researcher at Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • “Terror as a new normal?”, a presentation by Lars Erslev Andersen, Senior Researcher Danish Institute for International Studies
  • 14.30-15-15:Group discussion 
  • “Reactions to crises”, a public discussion with Khaterah Parwani, Calle Vangstrup (TBC), Thomas Ubbesen and Judith Goldstein

 

June 11-12

Weekend off, Enjoy wonderful Copenhagen! 

June 13

Climate Change

Climate change is happening and has already had a severe impact on s lives, safety, and human dignity. The consequences of climate change will challenge previous and current concepts of nationhood and rights. Climate change is estimated to displace (conservatively) 250 million people on an unprecedented migration, making the current refugee crisis look like a storm in a teacup.  

The outlooks are bleak- so bleak that it may be beyond our human ability to understand the consequences and act with due diligence and thus proving a limit to western liberal democracy.  Climate adaptation, however, has begun and there are multiple innovations and movements that make people act on climate change- serving mankind hope after all. Today HIA’s Copenhagen Fellowship will deal with the consequences of climate change, understanding what is happening, how one can act on climate change, especially the challenges it brings to international human rights and dignity. 

Location: Borups Højskole, Classroom: 09.30 - 12.30 Prismesalen / 13.30 - 14.45 Salen

Program Coordinator: Magnus Harrison

 

  • Morning song
  • Introduction to the day
  • “Climate change”, a presentation by Alexander Ege, Advocacy Coordinator at CARE Denmark and HIA Senior Fellow
  • “Human Rights Based Approach and Climate Change”, a presentation by Abigail Booth, Senior Project Manager Raoul Wallenberg Institute
  • “Climate refugees and adaptation projects in Africa” a presentation by Rolf Hernø, Program Coordinator CARE Denmark
  • “Driving Sustainable Change”, a presentation by Sofie Ilsøe Sjöblom, project manager at Spark

 

June 14

Protectionism, Polarization and Racism

Having come out of the happy 90’s with a conviction that globalization benefits all people, the populous now realizes that there are discrepancies between rural areas and urban cities because of changes in the global economy. People living in rural areas across Europe, however, have been left out of these global developments. One expression of this is that certain rural areas are rejecting the political establishment and voting in favor of anti-globalization and anti-Europeanization left and right wing parties. Since the happy 1990’s Europe is facing a populous that is more protectionist oriented, polarized with no strong political center, increasing divisive policies, and in some cases- racist politics and rhetoric.  Lasse Matin Koefoed will start the day by discussing globalization and nationalism. Following this Mira Skadegaard Thorsen will discuss what and how racism works in Europe. After lunch Magnus Harrison will lead a workshop on the group’s own experience with racism. Finally, filmmakers Georgia and Sophia Scott will screen their documentary “In the Shadow of War” which deals with post-conflict society in Bosnia, led by a discussion of the movie and its message afterwards. 

Location:  Borups Højskole, Classroom: 09.45 - 12.30 Prismesalen / 13.30 - 15.15 Frokoststuen / 15.30 - 17.00 Biografen 

Program Coordinator: Ida Rønhoff Nielsen 

 

  • Morning Song at Borups Højskole
  • Introduction to today’s program
  • “Globalization vs Nationalism”, a presentation by Lasse Martin Koefoed, PhD in social science and lector at Roskilde University
  • "Racism in Europe", a presentation by Mira Skadegaard Thorsen, PhD fellow at Aalborg University at the Department of Education, Learning, and Philosophy
  • Workshop by Magnus Harrison, National Director Humanity in Action Denmark
  • “In the Shadow of War” Screening of the acclaimed documentary following a Q&A with the directors Georgia and Sophia Scott 

 

June 15

A New Normal in Europe?

Throughout this year’s Fellowship, we have highlighted some of the greater challenges Europe has faced. We have furthermore discussed how politicians and civil society have tried to counter them by various means. All of this leaves the question, where are we headed? Terror, war, refugees, climate change, nationalism, polarization- should we just as well get used to it and accept that it is the new normal in future Europe?

Location: Borups Højskole, Classroom: 09.30 - 15.45 Biografen

Program Coordinator: Priyanka Srinivasa

 

  • Introduction to today’s program
  • “A New Normal in Europe?”, a presentation by Bo Lidegaard, Editor in Chief at the newspaper “Politken”
  • “Unity in Diversity”, a presentation by Marie Sandberg, Phd in Ethnology and associate Professor at Copenhagen University
  • “The Trans-Atlantic relationship”, a presentation by Steffen Gram, Radio host at the program “Verden ifølge Gram”
  • Group discussion and wrap up
  • Travel to Anders Jerichow’s home
  • Dinner at Anders Jerichow’s home with HIA DK board, host families, senior fellows and guests 

 

June 16

Day of Action

All fellows will meet at the address of the organisation they will work with and do their best to solve the tasks they will face. The organisations decide the program of the day for each of the groups. 

Group 3&4 will meet at the Central Station at McDonalds to travel to Folkemødet. Remember to bring passport, warm wind-proof clothes and a sleeping bag.  

 

  • Group 1: Grace: Baggesensgade 7-9, 2200 Copenhagen N
  • Group 2: Muhabet: Bragesgade 8c, 2200 København N
  • Group 3: CPH Pride: Folkemødet
  • Group 4: Sabaah: Folkemødet
  • Group 5: Center Kongelund: Kalvebodvej 250, 2791 Dragør 

 

June 17

Day of Action

All fellows will meet at the address of the organisation they will work with, and do their best to solve the tasks they will face. The organisations decide the program of the day for each of the groups. 

Action research group supervisor meeting 

 

  • Group 1: Grace: Baggesensgade 7-9, 2200 Copenhagen N
  • Group 2: Muhabet: Bragesgade 8c, 2200 København N
  • Group 3: CPH Pride: Folkemødet
  • Group 4: Sabaah: Folkemødet
  • Group 5: Center Kongelund: Kalvebodvej 250, 2791 Dragør 

 

June 18

Day of Action

Group 3&4 will return from Folkemødet. 

June 19

Day of Action 

June 20

Action research article writing and deadline

  • Final meeting with action research group supervisor
  • Send action research articles to Magus Harrison  

June 21

Presentation of organizational work

During the day the groups will present their finished work in detail for the other groups and coordinators. Each group will be given 20 minutes to their independent presentation and 10 min for Q&A’s. In the afternoon, collaborators, funds, the governing board, and representatives will be invited to hear a pitch (around 5 min for each group) of the finished work.   

Location: Borups Højskole, Classroom: 10.00 - 18.00 Salen

Program Coordinator: Magnus Harrison

  • Introduction to the day 
  • Grace CPH
  • Muhabet
  • CPH Pride
  • Sabaah
  • Lunch and written evaluation
  • Asyl-center Kongelund
  • Canal boat ride
  • Changing the Normal, presentation, mingling and creating contacts
  • Closing dinner 

June 22

Day off!

June 23 

Travel to Athens

June 23-26

Seventh Annual Humanity in Action International Conference in Athens