Storytelling as Resistance

The challenge is bigger than “fake news”: resistance against populism, disinformation and hate speech

In many ways, the current coronavirus pandemic serves as a catalyst for distributing lies, misleading information and conspiracy theories. The effects of disinformation, hate speech and populist speech on political life and democratic and social values are now becoming brutally visible. On 2 October, we will discuss strategies for resisting populism, the spread of disinformation and internet and social media use to propagate hate speech.
During a one-day conference on 2 October 2, we will discuss strategies for resisting populism, the spread of disinformation and internet and social media use to propagate hate speech.

In this context, we will address the challenges of fighting the distribution of misleading information and lies online, and resisting the discursive effect that disinformation and populist speech have on democratic and social values. Together we will discuss online platforms’ impact on political communication. What are the negative and positive effects of online networks on political mobilization? What influence does the dissemination of lies have on the political climate? How can we resist the effects that disinformation can have? And how should hate speech be addressed?

Looking at these questions and challenges, we will discuss with experts from wide-ranging disciplines how we, as storytellers, can address the problems of disinformation and hate speech.



Date: October 2, 2020
Time: 8:30 am  - 5:30 pm
Location: HRFFB Festival Centre @ BUFA, Oberlandstraße 26-35, 12099 Berlin

Due to the current restrictions due to Covid-19, a maximum of 70 people can attend the offline events. However, all the events and sessions will also be available online.

Other evens that are part of the Human Rights Film Forum

Date: October 1, 2020

Start: 8:30 am

End: 6:00 pm

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Storytelling can be a powerful tool to expose injustice, fight stigmatization and encourage others to stand up and speak out. On 1 October, we will discuss the impact of best case examples, the risks survivors face and new media guidelines. We will also learn about trauma-sensitive approaches and the need for mindful storytelling. 

Date: October 5, 2020

Start: 8:30 am

End: 6:30 pm

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On 5 October, Berlin will host internationally renowned experts from a wide range of fields. Together with experts and storytellers, as well as representatives of German politics and civil society, we will think about how we can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the challenges we face and how to overcome them.

Date: October 6-8, 2020

Start: 8:30 am

Ende: 6:00 pm

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Climate communication is more critical than ever before: we need excellent storytelling to achieve its full potential and reach the audiences that matter. Out of this conviction, we will bring the Climate Story Lab to Berlin to discuss sustainable storytelling with experts. Together, we aim to create innovative, diverse and sustainable climate storytelling approaches and foster transdisciplinary partnerships.

13. SEPTEMBER 2020