Workshop

Intercultural Communication and Social Work

The Art of Conflict Transformation in multiethnic Regions of Skopje

If one understands ”cultural” and ”structural” violence (Johan Galtung) as the root causes of direct violence, peace processes have to be initiated on all these levels and have to mutually empower each other.

Details

Conflict Transformation by peaceful means therefore needs the development and interplay of three key competencies: Empathy, creativity and the symmetric satisfaction of human basic needs of all conflict parties.

During the two days workshop the trainers will introduce the specific TRANSCEND method of conflict transformation. For a concrete understanding of this method of peaceful conflict resolution strategies the case study approach is primarily used. So focus is given especially on the current dimension of social and cultural conflict constellations, which we can empirically find in multinational and multiethnic regions of Skopje, especially in the municipal Chair. Under the objective for a better intercultural communication between the diverse nationalities and ethnic groups in Macedonia, we are going to ask, how the TRANSCEND method could be implemented in the daily work of pedagogues and social workers.

The TRANSCEND method tries to uncover and transform the systemic deep dimensions. It especially addresses the reciprocal relations of ”deep cultures”, ”deep structures” and ”human basic needs”, that define and guide conflict handling styles subconsciously.

The TRANSCEND method is a model for conflict transformation, that is structured by six dimensions and movements. The ”6-Step Model” will be explored together with participants in a very interactive way, using methods such as role plays and small group exercises. Participants will be asked to bring in their own experiences.

Trainers

Gudrun Kramer and Wilfried Graf are employed with the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution – ASPR. They are members of Transcend International, an organisation for peace and development, that was founded by the Norwegian peace researcher Dr. Johan Galtung.

Wilfried Graf is the senior researcher of the ASPR and responsible for its scientific projects. He is co-founder of the initiative ”Transcend Österreich”, that organised between 2000 and 2002 the first Transcend training courses in German language.

Gudrun Kramer is Program Director of the training courses of the ASPR for peace building and conflict transformation, that train civilian experts for international peace building missions of international organisations, such as the UN, OSCE and EU, as well as of non governmental organisations.

In co-operation with the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Gudrun Kramer and Wilfried Graf have been facilitating since 2001 intercultural dialogue workshops and conflict resolution based ”Train the Trainer” seminars for the support of peace processes in the South Caucasus, Central Asia and Sri Lanka.

Saturday, May 15th

10.00 – 10.45

Welcome of the participants and presentation of the seminar program

Rainer Jaroschek, Institute of Social Work and Social Policy at the University of St. Cyril and Methodius Skopje

welcome address

Andreas Klein, Konrad Adenauer Foundation Skopje

10.45 – 11.30

Introduction: Basic concepts of theory of violence, theory of peace and theory of conflict transformation

Gudrun Kramer / Wilfried Graf, Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution

11.30 – 12.00

Coffee break

12.30 – 14.00

Understanding the conflict formation – description of the present

Gudrun Kramer / Wilfried Graf, Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution

14.00 – 15.00

Lunch break

15.00 – 16.30

Understanding the underlying goals, attitudes and assumptions – alternatives in the past

Gudrun Kramer / Wilfried Graf, Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution

16.30 – 17.00

Coffee break

17.00 – 18.00

Analysis of the deep-set basic needs – prognosis of the future

Sunday

Gudrun Kramer / Wilfried Graf, Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution

Sunday, May 16th

10.00 – 11.30

Presentation and analysis of case studies of social and intercultural conflicts in Chair - Case study: High School Arseni Jovkov

Introduction

Rainer Jaroschek

Descriptions of teachers and students

Presentation of a future school mediation project at Arseni Jovkov high school

11.30 – 12.00

Coffee break

12.00 – 13.00

Presentation of a school mediation project in a primary school in the municipality of Cair

Emilija Sekulovska, social worker

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30

Approaches of TRANSCEND method in the municipality of Cair under the framework of social work and intercultural education in schools

Gudrun Kramer / Wilfried Graf, Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee break

16.00 – 18.00

Construction of new behaviour – therapy of the present

Wrap up and Feedback

Gudrun Kramer / Wilfried Graf, Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution

18.00 - 18.15

closing remarks

Rainer Jaroschek

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Venue

Skopje

Speakers

  • Gudrun Kramer & Wilfried Graf (Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution)