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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

Online now: ECMI Annual Programme 2016

Online now: ECMI Annual Programme 2016

The 2016 programme of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is now online. The publication contains ECMI’s main initiatives and ideas in research and action for 2016.
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Media in Intercultural Communication: Dr. Popova presents in Budapest

Media in Intercultural Communication: Dr. Popova presents in Budapest

ECMI Senior Research Associate Dr. Zora Popova participates at the 8th Budapest Human Rights Forum, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. Dr. Popova presents on Media in Intercultural Communication.
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Minority education in Georgia: IFA intern presents her work at the ECMI

Minority education in Georgia: IFA intern presents her work at the ECMI

Minority education in Georgia: current developments and challenges – this was the focus of today’s presentation at Kompagnietor delivered by Margalita Japaridze.
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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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