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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’.

Team

Zora Popova

Affiliated Experts

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

Cluster News

Sharing practices from Schleswig Holstein: first round of trainings in Western Balkans are completed

Sharing practices from Schleswig Holstein: first round of trainings in Western Balkans are completed

From 11 to 15th of July 2016 the ECMI organized a first round of activities in Skopje and Belgrade within a project on access to social rights for Vulnerable Groups.
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From Schleswig Holstein to Western Balkans: a new project launch

From Schleswig Holstein to Western Balkans: a new project launch

ECMI is pleased to announce a new project launch in cooperation with GIZ, FUEN and the State Chancellery of Schleswig Holstein.
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ECMI expands its networks: Swansea visit in Flensburg

ECMI expands its networks: Swansea visit in Flensburg

Dr. Simon Hoffman and Dr. Helen Quane of Swansea University (Wales) visited the ECMI for a two-day cooperation meeting. Mutual interests in teaching, research and project work were discussed.
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CfA: Non-resident internship positions at the ECMI

CfA: Non-resident internship positions at the ECMI

The European Centre for Minority Issues is accepting applications for non-resident interns. Internship duration: 1 month. Deadline: 6 May 2016.
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ECMI founders:

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