Organized every other year since 1990, the ISFiT festival has a rich history based in the (student) heart of Norway – Trondheim. The themes have always been, and will always be, based on social and political problems, while always keeping our festival internationally relevant. Some previous guests of the festival are Gro Harlem Brundtland, Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama. With the goal of being a meeting place for discussion and dialogue, an arena where an arena where ideas are born, friendships are made and valuable lessons are learned, ISFit continues to strive toward intercultural understanding and cooperation between the students of the world.
An important part of ISFiT is also the Student Peace Prize, which has been awarded since 1999. The prize is given to a student or a student organization which has made a significant contribution towards promoting human rights and maintaining peace. This year the prize is awarded to Faisha Hassan for fighting for the right to free education in South Africa.
ISFiT 2019 will kick off in February, with over five hundred/500 participants gathered to discuss the theme of migration. The term ´migration` is broad, and everyone is welcomed to an open, civilized discussion. During times like these , with the number of refugees increasing and immigration politics being a heated topic in several nations, it is easy to overlook other aspects of migration. There are several different types of migration, and you might just be a migrant yourself. In Trondheim, around twenty percent of the population are students, and the majority of these students are not originally from Trondheim. They have all moved from one place to another, in the same way that refugee’s move from one place to another. The key difference between these types of migration, however, is whether it is forced or not. The impact of migration on the individual, and the society as a whole, is almost incomparable. Nevertheless, at ISFiT we will use our gathered knowledge to discuss these differences in a respectful way, to hopefully get a broader understanding of the world today.