The Hidden Potential of Human Diversity in Europe

On 26 March 2011, ECMI Director Dr. Tove H. Malloy held a guest lecture at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. The lecture titled "Polity, participation and diversity: discovering new modes of citizenship" explored the notion of citizenship in relation to challenges posed by late-modern social and political phenomena, such as minority inclusion. While citizenship as membership is perhaps the most prominent dimension, Dr. Malloy argued that aspects of belonging, participation, communication and cohesion provide important dimensions that flesh out the complexity of citizenship. Tracing the genealogy of citizenship in time and space, Dr. Malloy provided a skeleton architecture on the backdrop of which to consider new modes of citizenship in late-modern societies. The students heard Dr. Malloy speak about minority citizenships, communicative citizenships, critical citizenships and cultural citizenships, among other topics.

The lecture was part of the University of St. Gallen's new annual Student Union Conference, "Challenge the Best" which in 2011 focuses on "The European Mosaic of Human Diversity - The Hidden Potential." The Conference invites Nobel laureates and other dignitaries to St. Gallen to be challenged by the students. The final roundtable event of the Conference will be broadcast on BBC World and moderated by one of the network's journalists. In preparation for the Conference the students participate in an intensive programme of lectures intended to prepare them for the meeting with the laureates.

For more on the Conference, see:   www.challengethebest.org

Date: 28 March 2011

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