The Role of Academicians and Religious Leaders in relation to Refugees

We would like to invite you to the conference "The Role of Academicians and Religious Leaders in relation to Refugees"

to be held on 27 October 2017 under the auspices of Professor PhDr. Jaroslav Šušol, PhD. Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University.

The conference aims to discuss questions related to the role of academia and religious leaders when it comes to State’s politics related to refugees, to influence public discourse and on activism, cooperation and exchange of ideas with other stakeholders.

Venue: Map:


8:30 – 9:00 Registration of participants  

9:00 – 9:20 Opening  

  • Prof. Mgr. Martin Slobodník, PhD., Comenius University
  • Zuzana Števulová, Human Rights League

9:20 – 10:30 Academia, Refugees and Activism in the Region: where we are, challenges and view for the future? Moderated Panel Discussion, moderated by: Martin Rozumek, OPU


  • Egdunas Racius, Professor of Islamic studies, University Vytautas Magnus, Litva
  • Helena Tužinská, Ethnologist, Comenius University Bratislava, Slovakia:  Communication in the Court Room
  • Lahcene Mehennaoui, Activist, Brno, Czechia:  Integration of Refugees through Community work
  • Faila Pašić Bičić, Director of The Humanitarian Charity Society UP JeseniceBuilding tolerant societies
  • János Káldos, Lecturer, Pazmany Peter Catholic University, Activities and Responses of the Muslim Communities and Islamic Organizations in Hungary in and after 2015

10:30 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:20 Religious leaders, their role and their activism: experience, challenges and response of their communities? Moderated Panel Discussion, Moderator: Helena Tužinská, UK


  • Maroš Žofčin, Islamic Foundation Slovakia: Blog
  • Ivy Helman, Charles University, Prague: From the Beginning: Refugees in the Jewish Tradition
  • Lana Bobić, Innitiative In a Good Faith: The Role of Religious Organizations in relation to Refugees and “Refugee Crisis
  • Hugo Gloss, Caritas Slovakia: Share the Journey, Joint Initiative of Caritas and Pope Francis

12:20 – 12:45 Final Remarks:

  • Zuzana Števulová, HRL

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch    

The conference will be held in English, with simultaneus interpretation into Slovak

Public discussion

On 26 October 2017, prior to the conference, we will organize public discussion Islam, Activism and the Role of the Muslim Communities in Modern Europe to be held at 5:30pm – 7pm in Gallery Open Society Foundation, Baštová 5, Bratislava, venue:

The panellists:

  • Egdunas Racius, Professor of Islamic studies at Vytautas Magnus, Lithuania, reviews editor of the Journal of Muslims in Europe and a co-editor of the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe
  • Faila Pašić Bičić, director of The Humanitarian Charity Society UP Jesenice, Slovenia, 2007 Face of European Year of equal opportunities for all, nominee for SIAE award for learning and knowledge promotion 2009, 2012 Woman of the Year in Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Lahcene Mehennaoui, Community organizer, campaing and youth coordinator for Amnesty International in Algeria, Algeria and Czechia
  • Mohamad Safwan Hasna, Chairman of Islamic Foundation Slovakia,

Moderated by Ján Orlovský, OSF

*discussion will be held in English with Slovak translation


Conference, discussion and project "Debating New Phenomena of Refugee Migration in the Central Europe" is co-funded by European Union by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union. The views and opinions expressed during the discussion and conference are not necessarily the views and opinions shared by the EU.