On April 22, 2017, the International School of Radom Academy of Economics held an international conference on “Nationalist trends in contemporary Europe – patriotism or xenophobia”. The conference was organized by the Radom Academy of Economics with the participation of Lithuanian foreign universities – Utenos Kolegija and Kauno Kolegija and Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European University in Luck. The Honorary Patronage over the conference was taken over by the Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodship Adam Struzik and the Mayor of Radom Radoslaw Witkowski. In addition to the scientific community, the conference was attended by uniformed services (representatives of the Police, Border Guard, Municipal Guard, State Fire Service, Military Police), secondary school students and residents of Radom. The conference was attended by a total of 61 speakers from Polish and foreign universities, among others:
- Utenos Kolegija,
- Kauno Kolegija,
- Kyiv National University im. Taras Shevchenko,
- Minsk Innovation University
- Jagiellonian University,
- Catholic University of Lublin John Paul II,
- Institute of International Politics and Security,
- Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce,
- University of Technology and Humanities in Radom,
- Radom Academy of Economics
The conference launched a two-part plenary session, which included:
- The attitude of Poles to the Independence Day, the celebration of national and national holidays and the history of Poland,
- The problems of independence of the Basque Country, which was particularly interesting due to the events of 7 April 2017, when the Basque separatist organization ETA finally completed the process of disarmament of its organization,
- Legal aspects of Ukrainian national minorities in the area of public administration competences,
- Cultural ethnocentrism in Spain on the example of Catalonia and Andalusia,
- Radicalism in selected European Union countries, its causes and prospects for the future,
- Problems of preservation of Belarusian mother tongue by the Belarusian people,
- Ensuring equal rights and opportunities for Lithuanian national minorities connected with work relations,
- Selection of tools to educate Polish youth in patriotism.
At the end of the plenary sessions, an exchange of ideas and discussion in parallel panels was organized, which discussed issues in the following areas:
- Pedagogical and psychological premises shaping social attitudes,
- Manifestations of nationalism in Europe,
- Legal conditions related to the activities of national movements.
The above discussion was conducted in three panels with the participation of academic teachers and two student panels, in which the results of research were presented by the students of the Radom Academy of Economics and listeners of other universities.
In parallel with the plenary session, a debate was held with Polish and foreign students, during which students presented their views on key issues of intolerance, xenophobia, patriotism and the views of the representatives of nationalities.
The conference was an opportunity to discuss, among other things, the current problems of national minorities in various European countries and in Poland. To discuss current attitudes of some social groups in the context of population migration, multiculturalism, increasing xenophobia and ethnocentrism.
From the presented views, it can be inferred that the migration crisis in Europe influences changes in the perception of values by Europeans in many aspects. It is clear from this that there is a need for a dialogue for the integration of societies, a mutual understanding of cultural differences in order to make efforts to minimize these differences. There is also the need to seek universal values, as well as to set strict democratic standards.