Reconciling multiculturalism and integration

••• Is diversity a societal asset or a key challenge to integration and social cohesion?

••• Which are the points of intersection between cultural groups that could enable

efficient societal cohesion?

••• What is the role of the minority media in intercultural dialogue?

••• How is diversity managed in the field of education?

••• Can linguistic divides be reconciled within multilingual societies through

targeted implementation of language rights?

These are some of the key questions that the Culture and Diversity Cluster is exploring, through a number of research projects addressing one of the key issues of contemporary politics – the governance of cultural diversity.

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Acknowledging the rise of cultural conflicts at the end of the 20th century, the cluster research programme departs from the assumption that politically relevant cultural differences such as language, religion, traditions and ethnicity have a significant potential to fuel tensions if manipulated or abused.

Elaborating strategies and practices of diversity management hence needs to become a policy priority in the age of globalisation. Ensuring societal stability and cohesion while respecting democracy, human and cultural rights is one of the key challenges of the 21st century.

To avoid terminological confusion with the numerous definitions of ‘culture’, and with respect to the goals of the research programme, the Cluster addresses the concept through the idea of the ‘others’, looking not so much at the reasons for ‘us versus them’ but rather than at the possibilities for ‘us with them’.


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Affiliated Experts

Fernand de Varennes
Kristin Henrard
Reetta Toivanen
Tomasz Kamusella
Gwendolyn Sasse
Jennifer Jackson Preece
Will Kymlicka
Kinga Gal

Cluster News

Minority languages and ECMI experience from the EPP

Minority languages and ECMI experience from the EPP

ECMI Project Research Associate Dr. Hanna Vasilevich shares experiences from Ukraine and Moldova at the seminar on "Open education in minority languages: chances and perspectives".
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Social Inclusion special issue on Roma released

Social Inclusion special issue on Roma released

Talking about Roma: Implications for Social Inclusion is a title of a new Social Inclusion special issue. The issue was edited by Dr. Eben Friedman on behalf of the ECMI.
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ECMI Annual Report 2014 is now online

ECMI Annual Report 2014 is now online

The Annual Report 2014 of the European Centre for Minority Issues is now available online. The report entitled "Looking East" provides overview of the past year’s ECMI activities and affairs.
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Chef der Staatskanzlei, Thomas Losse-Müller, besucht ECMI Thomas Losse-Müller machte sich heute ein Bild vom Institut ECMI, von den Aufgaben der Forscher und Mitarbeiter sowie der Rolle des Instituts bei Minderheitenfragen - auch überregional. Bei dem Antrittsbesuch waren auch die Minderheitenbeauftrage Renate Schnack und Linda Pieper aus der Staatskanzlei dabei. Der ECMI-Vorsitzende Jørgen Kühl gab einen Einblick in die Entstehung des Instituts und erklärte die Abgrenzung zum dänischen Grenzforschungsinstitut
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ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State