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Geneva Peace Week 2019

November 4, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Scapegoats in present day Europe?

 Opening talk for the ‘Scapegoat’ exhibition…

“Communities need a scapegoat – it’s always been that way” states an exhibition by the Swiss National Museum. Whether in prehistoric times, in the Middle Ages or today, society needs a scapegoat. By channelling its aggression on to a single victim, a community strengthens its cohesion. Even today, individual people are still held responsible on the general behalf for societal problems.

Following an introduction to the ‘Scapegoat – Bouc émissaire’ exhibition by the Swiss National Museum, speakers from Berlin, Geneva and Zürich will share their reactions to the sometimes-shocking stories of collective violence against individuals in Europe throughout the ages. They will also explore what can be done individually and collectively to oppose the resuming scapegoat mechanism in present days.

The panel discussion will be followed by an apéro drink and the possibility for a short guided tour of the ‘Scapegoat’ exhibition





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November 4, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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CAGI – Centre d’Accueil de la Genève Internationale
La Pastorale, “Maison de Maître”, Route de Ferney 106
1211 Genève 20, Switzerland
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Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC)
International Geneva Welcome Centre (CAGI)