Enemies of freedom. Scapegoating ideologies, antisemitic conspiracy theories and counter-narratives


A conference organised by Political Capital Institute and Szombat Jewish Political and Cultural Magazine.

Date: 25-26 November, 2013.

Venue: Embassy of the United Kingdom, Budapest, Hungary.


The event is organised by:

The event is supported by:

The European Jewish Fund, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the OSI Think Tank Fund.


Overview of the program:

25 November, 2013

  • Opening Remarks
    • Jonathan Knott, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Budapest
    • Krisztián Szabados, Founder, Political Capital Institute
    • Gábor T. Szántó, Writer, Editor-In-Chief of Szombat Jewish Political and Cultural Magazine
    • Slomó Köves, Executive Rabbi of EMIH Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation
  • Antisemitism, conspiracy theories and scapegoating ideologies in Eastern and Western Europe
    • Andrej Nosko, Senior Program Officer, Think Tank Fund, Open Society Foundations
    • Catherine Fieschi, Director, Counterpoint UK
    • Grigorij Meseznikov, Founder, Institute for Public Affairs (SK)
    • Péter Krekó, Director, Political Capital Institute; Co-Chair, EU RAN PREVENT
  • Digital Hate Speech: Using Social Media as a weapon
    • Mark Weitzman, Director for Governmental Affairs of the Task force Against Hate and Terrorism at the Simon Wiesenthal Center
    • András Dezső, Journalist, index.hu
    • Ákos Gergely Balogh, Chief Editor, mandiner.hu
    • Anikó Félix, Political Analyst, Maven7
    • Ákos Berkes, Senior Social Media Consultant, Flow PR, Political Capital
  • Legislative responses to hate crimes, extremism and hate speech
    • Gergely Gulyás, Member of Parliament, Deputy Faction Leader, Fidesz
    • András Schiffer, Member of Parliament, Faction Leader, LMP
    • Pál Steiner, Member of Parliament, Deputy Faction Leader, MSZP
    • Balázs Tóth, Program Manager, Hungarian Helsinki Committee
  • Governmental and policy responses to hate crimes, extremism and hate speech
    • Tímea Szabó, Member of Parliament, Együtt 2014 – PM; Co-Chair, PM
    • Péter Mikecz, Deputy State Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office
    • István Hiller, Member of Parliament, MSZP
    • László L. Simon, President of the Committee on Culture and Media of the Parliament,
    • Vice President of the National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Fidesz
  • Antisemitism and hate speech in Hungary – the artist’s perspective
    • Gábor T. Szántó, Writer; Editor-In-Chief of Szombat Magazine
    • Borbála Kriza, Sociologist, Film Director (“Rocking the nation”)
    • Endre Kukorelly, Writer, Poet
  • Education in the spotlight: The importance of Tolerance Education and History Education
    • Gergely Prőhle, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    • Máté Fischer, Program Manager, Tom Lantos Institute
    • Mónika Kovács, Associate Professor (Social Psychologist), Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences
  • Closing Remarks
    • András Heisler, President, The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities

 26 November, 2013

  • Legislation against intolerance – international perspectives
    • Prof. Yoram Dinstein, Professor Emeritus, Tel Aviv University
    • Dr. Ireneusz Bil, Secretary General, The European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) on actions against racism and xenophobia
  • Empire of conspiracy: historical and contemporary antisemitic conspiracy theories and how to challenge them
    • László Tamás Papp, Journalist
    • Csaba Tóth, Director of Strategy, Republikon Institute
    • György Vári, Journalist, Magyar Narancs
    • Zsófia Kata Vincze, Senior Lecturer (Ethnographist), ELTE
    • János Gadó, Sociologist, Editor, Szombat Jewish Political and Cultural Magazine
  • How to challenge hate speech? Introduction of NGO projects and different approaches
    • Róbert Puzsér, Journalist
    • Joel Gombin, Researcher, Counterpoint
    • Mircea Cernov, Director, Haver Foundation
    • Dániel Bodnár, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Action and Protection Foundation
    • Máté Hajba, Vice President, Civic Platform
  • Anti-Semitism, hate speech, counterstrategies and policy responses: international perspectives
    • Kathrin Meyer, Executive Secretary, Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

Because the event is hosted in the historical building of the British Embassy, security protocol requires mandatory confirmation of the attendance (R.S.V.P) before 21st November, 2013. Names of invited guests will be checked upon arrival against the confirmation list, and unconfirmed guests will not be able to enter the premises of the British Embassy. Due to the limited number of seats, the organisers may reject the registration. Thank you for your understanding.

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