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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’.

Head of Cluster

Zora Popova

Team

Caitlin Boulter
Polina Sulima
Viktoria Martovskaya

Affiliated Experts

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

Cluster News

“You cannot study minority issues in the Danish-German border area without closely following the minority media”

“You cannot study minority issues in the Danish-German border area without closely following the minority media”

...was the statement made by Senior Researcher Dr. Sergiusz Bober during last week`s presentation of the ECMI`s work for the international group participating in the Baltic Sea History Project and hosted by Akademie Sankelmark/ Academia Baltica in Oeversee (Schleswig-Holstein).

The group came for one week to the academy in order to test the online learning tool developed within the f

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ECMI Director attends the roundtable of the Citizens' Accord Forum in Jerusalem

ECMI Director attends the roundtable of the Citizens' Accord Forum in Jerusalem

This week ECMI Director Prof. Malloy travelled to Jerusalem to attend the international roundtable organised by the Citizens' Accord Forum (CAF).

The forum was established in 2001, and its aim is to build a shared society through a sustainable democracy, and to create mutual responsibility and equal opportunity among all citizens of Israel. The Forum works to mend rifts between groups in conflict by building bridges, encouraging constructive engagement, and promoting and empowering civic leadership. CAF focuses on ordinary citizens, decision-makers and specifically addresses groups that are generally excluded from the national discourse on social issues, i.e. ultra-Orthodox Jews and traditional Arab women.

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Fingers crossed for Teach-D!

Fingers crossed for Teach-D!

Today we handed in our application for Europe`s Media Prize for Integration and Cultural Diversity.
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13 weeks studying at a Danish Folk High School: The Minority Changemaker Programme makes it possible!

13 weeks studying at a Danish Folk High School: The Minority Changemaker Programme makes it possible!

European students with a national minority background are invited to visit the Danish-German border region for 13 weeks.
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