Xenophobia and Post-Socialism

The objectives of the seminar were to identify the current state of xenophobia in the CEE region from a comparative perspective. A further aim of the project is to use the results in order to work towards the prevention of these phenomena. In general the project served as an educational event for members of the Intolerance Monitor Group of the Peace Institute and regional students in the field. Furthermore, it served as a networking event for similar projects in the region and as a policy oriented project, meaning that the outcomes of the seminar were strategic suggestions in the field of xenophobia (see evaluation below).
The project was composed of three levels:
  1. On the “general-theoretical” level the first focus was to discuss developing processes of different formulations, and the perceptions of what is understood by the term “foreign”. The second focus was on the question of whether the prohibition of xenophobia (xenophobic reactions and actions) is or could be effective.
  2. On the “concrete-information” level the project was created to be an exchange of experience and information amongst post-socialist societies with a view to developing strategies on the subject. The focuses of discussion were as follows: an evaluation of the general political atmosphere, public opinion and mass media; the emergence of new notions of “foreigner”; xenophobia on the parliamentary level and in political parties; and new forms of xenophobia in the context of the European Union and its enlargement.
  3. The third level of work was to form an intervention and response network that would work regionally and devise strategic proposals in the field of xenophobia.

Project leader: Tonči Kuzmanić

Project execution


Evaluation of the Seminar (.doc)
Facilitator: Hania Fedorowicz, MA
Outcomes of the Workshops and Policy Suggestions (.doc)
Facilitator: Hania Fedorowicz, MA

Location: Ljubljana, Metelkova City, Menza pri koritu


The Intolerance Monitor Group of the Peace Institute


East East: Partnership Beyond Borders Program (Open Society Institute)