Upcoming SAGB events

Date Event
11 May, 2019
SAGB Annual General Meeting
Brunswick Centre, Marchmont Street, London
22 - 26 May, 2019
The language of right-wing populism - an increasing threat to democracy, integration and peaceful coexistence in Europe
International House, Sonnenberg
18 - 24 August, 2019
SAGB Conference
Portsmouth University

SAGB Annual General Meeting

Saturday 11 May, 2019

Brunswick Centre

We invite you to the 2019 AGM taking place in the Tenants and Residents’ Room 10, door 1, Foundling Ct. (the one nearest to Russell Square tube) Brunswick Centre, Marchmont Street, London WC1. Please join us at 1230 for a buffet lunch costing £9.00, with the formal meeting beginning at 1330. We are inviting a speaker about homelessness.

We will elect Officers and the Committee and there will be information about the Sonnenberg conferences taking place around Europe this year and an open discussion about SAGB and the Sonnenberg movement.

For more information, contact Stuart Sweeney at ballettlover@hotmail.com.

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The language of right-wing populism - an increasing threat to democracy, integration and peaceful coexistence in Europe

An English/German conference at Haus Sonnenberg

22 - 26 May, with a pre-conference meeting 20 - 22 May

Across Europe, right-wing populists gain influence. With their xenophobic rhetoric they are increasingly shaping the public debate and contributing to a brutalisation of the language. The stigmatisation of social minorities, and especially of migrants, endangers their integration, social cohesion and peace, and thus our democratic basic order. This seminar aims to analyse the populist mechanisms of political communication - in Europe's past and present - in order to develop counter-strategies.

We are again indebted to Isolde Hartung, who is organising a pre-conference meeting. The schedule is still being prepared, but the planned focus this year will be organic food: production, transport and cooking. A visit to Goslar is also a possibility. The highlight is usually Isolde’s evening wine and cheese tasting of wonderful produce from Southern Germany.

Further information is available on the International Conferences page, through Stuart Sweeney at ballettlover@hotmail.com, or direct from rezeption@sonnenberg-international.de.

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2019 SAGB Conference in Portsmouth

Sunday 18 - Saturday 24 August, 2019

View across Portsmouth

Sonnenberg Association GB's next conference will take place for the first time in Portsmouth University, staying in Rees Hall looking out to Southsea Common and the sea. Our theme is “Human Rights and Democracy: threats and opportunities in the coming 20s”. The programme includes sessions on major human rights concerns worldwide, nationalism, the rise of right wing populism, refugees and migration and issues in the developing world.

Portsmouth has a long naval tradition and there are a series of dockyard museums including The Victory and the award winning Mary Rose Museum, with the hull of King Henry VIII’s favourite warship, and we have planned for several visits. The day out takes us to Winchester with an alternative option of a nearby steam railway.

The single and double bedrooms are basic, but all have en-suite facilities and we are promised sea views. The conference fee for the 6 nights including a 2-course dinner, bed and breakfast (you will also be able to make sandwiches for lunch at breakfast) will be:

 - 500GBP single

 - 420GBP double en-suite pp

 - reduction on the above amounts for full-time students and under-30s is £120

An application form is included in the latest newsletter and more information is available from Stuart Sweeney at ballettlover@hotmail.com.

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SAGB in brief

Sonnenberg is an international educational organisation, which aims to promote goodwill and understanding through educational conferences on a variety of themes. Politically non-aligned, freedom of expression is a key concept for the organisation. The four guiding principles of Sonnenberg are:

“Talk together, overcome prejudices, understand one another, act responsibly”

There are branches in 25 countries acting to promote Sonnenberg and organise conferences and meetings in their own countries. Together these organisations form the International Sonnenberg Association.

The Sonnenberg Association of Great Britain is one of the largest of these, promoting the work of Sonnenberg in Britain and abroad.