Making STREAMS a safe and inclusive space
The STREAMS organizing and scientific committees aim to build a safe and inclusive conference for everybody. We deplore any form of discrimination, harassment, and violence. The conference will not tolerate any behavior of that kind. STREAMS follows the conference’s host organization’s (KTH) core values, ethical policy and principles based on democracy, the equal worth of all people, gender equality and diversity, human rights and freedom, and free and open discussion. This policy includes instructions regarding expected respectful behavior and awareness of and compliance with applicable legislation and regulation. Ethical Policy
Too often, even during academic conferences, we have witnessed various kinds of harassment. A small number of scholars often occupy the scene, seemingly unaware of the privileged positions they often have. The language and images some of us use may, willingly or unwillingly, reproduce stereotypes and a non-welcoming environment for others.
For this reason, we invite all participants to reflect seriously on privilege and discrimination in our community and to be self-reflexive on the multiple ways in which we can contribute to build an inclusive and welcoming community. We will instruct the chairs of each panel to be attentive to any kind of harassment and discriminatory behavior, practicing positive actions to foster diversity in our discussions (for instance, to allow for broad and fair distribution of speaking time in Q&A sessions, if need be with adjustment to conventional hands up speaking orders). STREAMS will encourage, and in fact only accept, exchange that is based on mutual respect and scholarly standards of conduct.
STREAMS will not tolerate any kind of harassment, racial, sexual, religious, or otherwise. Although STREAMS is a digital conference, we wish to ensure that every participant feels safe and comfortable. By making these ambitions explicit we wish to contribute to enhancing the ethical standard of academic conferencing, while maintaining diversity and rich and intense scholarly debate.
STREAMS has appointed two persons — Sofia Jonsson and Anna Åberg — to whom everybody who has been a victim or witness of any kind of harassment during the conference can report and talk. It will be possible to reach them through email (email@example.com). In case of a claim, they will act swiftly, having as a priority always securing a safe space for the victim. Based on the gravity of the allegations, they will report to the chairs of the organizing committee and a wide array of options will be considered, from addressing the accused to proposing their removal from the conference in extreme cases.
We will distribute an evaluation form during the conference so participants can offer feedback on this matter and evaluate the conference.
These guidelines are issued to send the message that issues of security, comfort and loyalty to principles of equal rights, fair treatment and principles of scholarly conduct are a priority for the organizers of this conference.