Norm-Criticism Conference: Call for Host Organisation

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CONFERENCE TITLE:
Norm-criticism: Positive steps beyond criticism
PREPARATORY MEETINGS: March 2015 (4 days, including arrivals/departures) & May 2015 (2 days, prior to conference)
CONFERENCE: May 2015 (6 days total, including arrivals/departures)
PARTICIPANTS: 40
FUNDING REQUIREMENTS: €8,000 – €10,000 (co-funding)

Deadline for applications: 23:59 CET, 13 February 2015
INTRODUCTION
IGLYO is calling for a partner organisation to host the conference ‘Norm-criticism: Positive steps beyond criticism’ to be held in May 2015. The event is kindly supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

Norm-criticism is a very useful tool for understanding and beginning to challenge power structures in society, and for combatting the marginalisation of groups within society. Though a relatively new concept for the majority of IGLYO’s member organisations, there is already some understanding of it theoretically. However, the conference aims to provide information and guidance on putting it into practice. More specifically, the conference objectives are:
– To equip conference participants with knowledge on norm critical approaches
– To encourage organisations and members to analyse their own privileges and the way they have used norms in their work
– To exchange challenges and best practices
– To implement norm-critical approach in practice, in order to be more socially inclusive
– To raise awareness of norm critical approaches with other organisations locally and nationally

HOW WOULD MY ORGANISATION BENEFIT?
The Conference is a key activity in delivering IGLYO’s 2014-2015 strategic priorities, specifically in relation to social inclusion, which is one of the current priority themes. The conference will be open to LGBTQ youth and student activists from across Europe, particularly from IGLYO Member Organisations. This will provide you, as the hosting organisation, a unique opportunity to raise your profile amongst other IGLYO Members and partner organisations, while raising your organisational competence on norm-criticism. There will also be opportunities throughout the conference for your organisation to demonstrate the work it is doing and share best practices. Additionally, you are greatly helping IGLYO, and will have the opportunity to take part in some of its internal procedures.

WHAT DOES IGLYO EXPECT FROM THE HOSTING ORGANISATION?
Hosting a conference is a big responsibility for any Member Organisation. The preparation and implementation of the event will require the host to secure funding, source suitable accommodation, conference venues and catering, and to manage volunteers to help ensure smooth running of the event. IGLYO will bring the majority of the funding, but it will be necessary to find co-funding to help cover the costs. The process of searching for this funding must be included within your application.

Be assured that IGLYO will cooperate closely with you to ensure that the event is a success. We will be 100% behind you, and you will never be on your own left to organise everything.
Host organisation’s profile:

1. Capacity to welcome 50+ LGBTQ youth and student activists from across the Council of Europe member states.
2. Motivation to spend the time and effort necessary to organise this event (i.e. regular contact by e-mail, online meetings, and two preparatory meetings held in the city of the conference)
3. Ability and resources to seek local and/or national funding for the event.
4. Experience hosting conferences/large meetings and an understanding of the planning required.
5. Be able to work in English.
6. Be a member organisation of IGLYO.

Note: While the host organisation will have the opportunity to contribute to the conference programme through certain sessions, the key responsibilities require leading on all logistical matters, including but not limited to: provision of accommodation and food, finding and booking a conference venue, etc.

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