How we talk about each other in our public discourse structures our relations and the society as a whole. The status of Roma people as a national minority in Sweden is a case in point. In 2000, Roma people were recognized in national legislation as one of the country's five official minorities, initiating an intentional process to counteract discrimination and vulnerability, and to insure the right to develop and maintain language and culture. The Roma Information and Knowledge Center in Malmo has created a model for such social transformation at individual, structural and discoursive levels. The aim: to create a new us that recognizes a unique you.
Mujo Halilovic is the manager of the Roma information and knowledge center in Malmö municipality. He has a background within pedagogics, intercultural education and international migration and has worked for many years with matters concerning a society with inclusive diversity.
Felix Unogwu is Program Manager for the Board of Education & Municipal Government of Malmo, Sweden, specializing in early detection and prevention of radicalization in schools. He is member of the Practitioners Network of A World of Neighbours.
Ulrich Schmiedel is Lecturer in Theology, Politics and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh. The Deputy Director of Edinburgh’s Centre for Theology and Public Issues, he has written widely on political and public theology. Ulrich is the author of Elasticized Ecclesiology: The Concept of Community after Ernst Troeltsch (2017) and the co-author of The Claim to Christianity: Responding to the Far Right (2020), with Hannah Strømmen. He serves as Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of A World of Neighbours.
Dirk Ficca serves as a senior advisor to the Archbishop and is director of the Practitioners Network for A World of Neighbours.