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Global Policy Institute

The Othering & Belonging Symposium

When: Friday, January 24, 2020 - Friday, April 24, 2020, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Sciences Po, Paris,


On Jan. 24 2020, more than 35 thought leaders from across Europe and the US gathered at Sciences Po in Paris, as a prelude to the Othering & Belonging Conference. Organized in partnership with the O & B Institute at UC Berkeley, More in Common, and Sciences Po, “Moving Forward Toward Belonging: A Symposium on Othering & Belonging” sought to help shape emergent work in Europe by identifying a cross-sector of actors already working towards belonging in the region.

The symposium agenda was also crafted to discuss how the concepts underpinning the O&B framework can be translated in Europe. Questions and ideas from this symposium will be expanded further at the Othering & Belonging Conference Europe.

The daylong workshop sought to understand the shared challenges of heightened othering and “breaking” in both North America and Europe as well as the ways these phenomena manifest differently in each context. Those who took part in the discussion included scholars from UC Berkeley, the Max Planck Society in Germany, the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Sciences Po in France, as well as practitioners and policymakers from cities as diverse as Brussels, Turin, Birmingham, Athens, Manchester, and Barcelona. Participants also came from a highly diverse set of groups, including youth education leaders, culturemakers, those working with institutions such as the EU, government officials, philanthropic organizations, racial justice movements and more.