What should the social contract of a tolerant city look like? The Amsterdam conference on tolerance will discuss the meaning of tolerance, respect, acceptance and appreciation with a variety of international researchers, local politicians and inspirations. The conference was initiated by city council member Tjakko Dijk in 2018 and is hosted by the city government. The general sessions will reflect on daily city-life experiences: what is tolerance? How to measure it? What can citizens expect of each other and of the city government? The theme sessions will zoom in on the themes: work, education and sports. Actively join and participate online on January 20th!

This programme will be translated and subtitled via Zoom. Click on “Closed Caption (CC)” to see the subtitles.

Ryan Muldoon
Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor at the Philosophy Department at Buffalo University
Mikael Hjerm
Professor in Sociology and department deputy head at Umeå University, Sweden
Lievnath Faber
Ritualist and Community Builder

Program (Central European Time):

Plenary program
13.00-13.05 Opening
13.05-14.20 Amsterdam Panel: Tolerance in Amsterdam
14.20-14.30 Break

Parallel theme sessions
14.30-16.00 Theme session: Tolerance at Work
14.30-16.00 Theme session: Tolerance at School
14.30-16.00 Theme session: Tolerance in Sports

Plenary program
16.00-16.15 Break
16.15-17.30 General session: What is tolerance?
17.30 Closing

General session: What is Tolerance?


  • Ryan Muldoon is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor at the Philosophy Department at Buffalo University. His areas of specialization are Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Ethics.
  • Mikael Hjerm is a Professor in Sociology and deputy head of the department at Umeå University, Sweden. His research generally concerns attitudes and more specifically prejudice and nationalism. He has focused on why such attitudes vary across countries. His current focus is more on explaining what causes prejudice to change within and between individuals. His research also includes other fields like studies on trust, immigration and gender.
  • Lievnath Faber is film scientist and cultural programmer. As Senior Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellow, she is committed to creating Jewish intersectional activism within broader Dutch emancipation movements. Weekly, she writes about her findings. Lievnath is also co-founder of the Jewish cultural hub Oy Vey.
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Fadoua Alaoui
T.V. Host & dagvoorzitter