Wednesday, June 15, 2009
- Compas Conference 2009: New Times? Economic Crisis, Geo-Political Transformation and the Emergent Migration Order
- Vikenkonferansen 2009: Enslige mindreårige og unge flyktninger – integrering, mestring og samhandling
- Gothenburg Research on Asylum-seeking Children in Europe (GRACE) konferens: Asylsökande barns välfärd, hälsa och välbefinnande
- Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements: Refugee Futures Conference 2009
- NCCR Iconic Criticism Conference: Images of Illegalized Immigration
- NCoE NordWel and Centre for Welfare State Research Conference: An American Dilemma? Race, Ethnicity and Welfare States in the U.S., Europe and the Nordic Countries
- Call for papers: ICT and Migration: Mobility and Cohesion in the Digital Age
- Call for papers: The Politics of Misrecognition: An Interdisciplinary Conference
- The 6th ETMU Days: Finland and Innovative Cultural Diversity
- ICMPD: Launch of the PROMINSTAT online database
- Call for applications: Four TRICUD Doctoral Fellowships at the University of Liege
- Call for applications: Visiting Research Fellowships at ZMO (Zentrum Moderner Orient) in Berlin
- Ethnopolitics: Call for articles on “Migration and Divided Societies”
New Times? Economic Crisis, Geo-Political Transformation and the Emergent Migration Order
|Time:||September 21.- 22. 2009|
|Place:||St Hugh’s College, St Margaret’s Road, Oxford|
The conference is organized by COMPAS (Centre on Migrantion, Policy and Society).
The worldwide financial and economic crisis of 2008-2009 can be viewed as an acute manifestation of a global transformation that has been under way for the last decade or so. This can be seen in the gradual eclipse of the US as the power dominating the global order, to reveal a more diffuse dispensation in which economic power in particular is spreading to China, India, Russia and Brazil (the so-called BRIC countries) and other emergent large or middling polities – although there is debate as to how deep and significant this process is. The conference will look at the implications for the global migration order – and for regional, national and local migration orders – of economic, political, social and other kinds of ‘shocks’ associated with the overall restructuring of the global political economy since the end of the Cold War, using the current (2008-09) crisis as a point of departure.
The central questions to be addressed are: how the current crisis affects the movement of people worldwide, and whether it will accentuate trends already underway or precipitate the formation of a new migration order. The conference will begin by situating these questions in context, drawing on examples of the impacts that historical and recent shocks and crises have had on migration patterns. Day two will build on this discussion, by focussing on new and emerging geographies of migration and corresponding changes in migration governance.
The conference aims to take up where the 2008 Annual Conference on theory left off, bringing together a range of leading academics, analysts, policy makers, practitioners and research students to test theory and concepts against the latest evidence in the migration field.
The conference is structured around four thematic sessions, each of which will be initiated by a plenary with a keynote speaker. Each plenary will be followed by two related breakout sessions within the following four themes:
1. The current crisis in historical perspective
2. The relationship between shocks and migration crises
3. New geographies of migration
4. Changes in global migration governance
For more information on the themes, and to register for the conference, see the COMPAS web pages.
Enslige mindreårige og unge flyktninger – integrering, mestring og samhandling
|Time:||12. og 13. oktober 2009|
|Place:||Quality Hotel Grand Royal, Narvik|
Den fjerde årlige konferansen om flyktninger, asylsøkere, innvandrere og psykisk helse arrangeres i år av Viken senter i samarbeid med UDI region Nord og IMDi Nord, 12. og 13. oktober i Narvik.
Konferansen skal være et bidrag til kompetanseheving for offentlig ansatte som gjennom sitt arbeid møter enslige mindreårige og unge flyktninger og asylsøkere, og de utfordringer denne gruppen har med psykiske problemer, annen kulturell/religiøs bakgrunn og integrering, mestring og samhandling i bosetting.
Målgruppen for denne konferansen er ansatte i asylmottak, kommunehelsetjenestene, psykiatrien, politiet, voksenopplæringen og andre som jobber med asylsøkere, flyktninger og innvandrere i kommunene.
Arrangørene ønsker på denne konferansen å fokusere på forebygging og håndtering av psykisk sykdom og atferdsproblematikk hos unge mennesker som kommer til Norge, og har en annen bakgrunn enn vår vestlige kultur. Hva er tabuer? Hva kan føre til små konflikter, hva kan føre til store konflikter? Hva begrenser og hva fremmer mulighetene for god behandling, integrering og mestring? Hvordan kan man tilrettelegge for god samhandling i bosettingen av denne gruppen?
Konferansen skal bæres av fordrag som tar opp ulike tema knyttet til psykisk helse, religion, kultur og erfaringer fra prosjekter.
Kursavgift: kr 1500
Konferansen vil ha plass til 160 deltakere.
For mer informasjon om konferansen og foredragsholdere, samt påmelding, se her.
Asylsökande barns välfärd, hälsa och välbefinnande
|Time:||7-8 december 2009|
|Place:||Nordiska högskolan för folkhälsovetenskap, Nya Varvet, Göteborg|
Konferensen utgår ifrån resultat från ett av Europeiska Flyktingfonden finansierat mångvetenskapligt forskningsprojekt om hur man kan förbättra asylmottagande och asylprocessen för barn och föräldrar i Sverige. Barnens och föräldrarnas beskrivningar av sina vardagsliv, skola, hälsa och välbefinnande lyfts fram ur olika perspektiv och de salutogena aspekterna betonas. Strukturer i asylsystemet och dess aktörer samt nationella och internationella regelverk vad gäller människor med flyktingbakgrund presenteras. Hur fungerar lagar och regler utifrån asylsökande barns och föräldrars behov? Hur upplever de asylsökande möten med olika personer och situationer i vardagsmiljön? Vilka faktorer befrämjar välbefinnande och välfärd och vilka kan verka nedbrytande under väntan på besked om framtiden? Hur kan vi stödja barn som befinner sig i asylprocessen?
Konferensen vänder sig till beslutsfattare, forskare och andra som i sitt arbete möter frågor som rör barn och familjer i asylprocessen.
Arrangör: Centrum för Europaforskning vid Göteborgs Universitet (CERGU) i samarbete med Nordiska Högskolan för Folkhälsovetenskap
* Charles Watters, Director of the European Centre for the Study of Migration and Social Care, Kent, UK
* Ulla Björnberg, Sociologiska institutionen, Göteborgs Universitet
* Henry Ascher, Migration och Hälsa, Nordiska Högskolan för Folkhälsovetenskap
* Hans E. Andersson, Institutionen för samhällsvetenskaper, Statsvetenskap, Södertörns Högskola
* Marita Eastmond, Socialantropologiska institutionen, Göteborgs Universitet
* Helena Holgersson, Sociologiska institutionen, Göteborgs Universitet
* Lotta Mellander, Avdelningen för Pediatrik, Sahlgrenska Akademin, Göteborgs Universitet
* Lisa Ottosson, Migration och Hälsa, Nordiska Högskolan för Folkhälsovetenskap
* Malin Svensson, Migration och Hälsa, Nordiska Högskolan för Folkhälsovetenskap
* Live Stretmo, Sociologiska institutionen, Göteborgs Universitet
* Mirzet Tursunovic, Sociologiska institutionen, Göteborgs Universitet
Anmälan senast 25. november 2009 via hemsidan http://www.cergu.gu.se.
Refugee Futures Conference 2009
|Time:||10-12 September 2009|
|Place:||Monash University Prato Centre, Italy|
“Refugee Futures” will canvass one of the most important issues of the modern world – the increasing flow of refugees and asylum seekers between countries in the wake of continuing pockets of conflict and war.
Topics to be covered by an eminent group of scholars, administrators and policy makers include:
* the future challenges faced in the strategic management of refugee movements and settlement
* protracted refugee situations and the difficulty of finding solutions
* the scope for refugee resettlement
* refugees, crime and security
* climate change and displacement of people
* refugee children: how can the international community improve outcomes?
* the future of the global refugee regime
This intensive two day conference will emphasise the future, and is the fourth presented by the partnership of the International Metropolis Project Canada; the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements.
For more information and registration for the conference, visit the Monash University website.
Images of Illegalized Immigration
|Time:||August 30.- September 1st, 2009|
|Place:||University of Basel|
The conference invites scholars to discuss images of illegalized immigration. How do images shape the way we perceive illegalized immigration? Who creates these images? Under which conditions? And where do they circulate? How do they relate to legal and political discourses? The goal of this conference is to deal more critically with visual ‘evidence’ of illegalized immigration.
The number of ‘displaced persons’ is increasing, resulting in various forms of social conflict. In what kind of images are these conflicts presented? How do political and theoretical frameworks as well as social movements transform these images? How can we draw distinctions and find new perspectives amidst these pluralities of images? And how are persons ‘de-legalized’ through the use of images? The goal of this conference is to deal more critically with visual ‘evidence’ of illegalized immigration.
W.J.T. Mitchell (University of Chicago) will give the keynote address.
In 1994, W.J.T. Mitchell coined the persuasive term ‘pictorial turn’. He is known especially for his work on the relations of visual and verbal representations in the context of social and political issues.
For more information and program, see the Centre for African Studies Basel website.
You can read more about NCCR Iconic Criticism here.
An American Dilemma? Race, Ethnicity and Welfare States in the U.S., Europe and the Nordic Countries
|Time:||October 1.-3., 2009|
|Place:||University of Southern Denmark , Odense|
The conference will bring together a group of U.S., Nordic and European scholars to engage in a cross-national as well as chronological comparison of one the most complex and controversial aspects of modern welfare states: the question of “us” and “them” in relation to the development of social rights and welfare institutions. By facilitating a cross-cultural conversation, the organizers also hope to cross the border between two very different welfare state narratives: the “idealistic” history of the Nordic and European model of welfare, and the more conflict-orientated history of the American welfare state.
Taking its point of departure from the current academic debates on race/ethnicity and welfare policies, this conference aims to go beyond stereotypes of welfare state models and immigration regimes in order to compare critically Nordic, European and American experiences at significant moments in history.
The conference is open for all interested. The number of participants is limited and there is a conference fee of 750 DKR (100 Euro) covering meals, coffee etc.
For further information and registration, visit the conference homepage.
Professor Sonya Michel (University of Maryland, College Park)
Professor Klaus Petersen (University of Southern Denmark)
Professor Pauli Kettunen (University of Helsinki)
ICT and Migration: Mobility and Cohesion in the Digital Age
|Time:||September 24 & 25, 2009|
The International Workshop “ICT and Migration: Mobility and Cohesion in the Digital Age” aims at exploring how the societal life of migrants in both receiving countries and countries of origin is shaped by new technologies and how, in return, international migration phenomena impact on the development of ICT.
The workshop is organized by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) within the framework of the cross-cluster initiative ‘ICT and Migration: Policies, Practices and Socio-Economic Implications (e-Migrants)‘ of the European Network of Excellence ‘International Migration, Integration, Social Cohesion’ (IMISCOE).
The organizers invite contributions from Ph.D. students, researchers and practitioners on the following topics:
* Connected communities: effects and implications of ICT on the life of immigrants and ethnic minorities (socio-cultural e-inclusion)
* ICT capital: the role of ICT for economic success (IT experts) and labour market integration in Europe (international call and internet shops), e-accessibility and e-competences
*ICT for development: remittances (e-Banking, cross-border Mobile Money Transfer) and the transfer of knowledge, skills and technologies between developed and developing countries
* Networked governance: international and European perspectives on e-Governance in the field of migration
If you are interested in presenting a paper, please send an abstract by latest 17th July 2009 to Maren Borkert at: email@example.com
Priority will be given to papers which present their methodological approach and include theoretical outlines about the multifaceted relations between ICT and international migration movements. Paper givers will be informed by mid July of paper acceptance in order to arrange for low cost travel and accommodation which will be reimbursed by the organisers. Those who may have access to own travel funds, are kindly requested to highlight it in their communication.
The Politics of Misrecognition: An Interdisciplinary Conference
|Time:||January 22-23, 2010|
|Place:||Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol|
Keynote speaker: Axel Honneth, University of Frankfurt (to be confirmed)
What is ‘misrecognition’ and why does it matter? This conference aims to explore this question, and to consider how the idea of misrecognition can help us understand the interaction and political orientations of different cultures, social movements and state policies. For nearly twenty years now, a debate has raged over the best way to respond to people’s desire to have their cultural particularities recognized. A number of important political theories of recognition have therefore emerged, and these have invited a range of further critiques. These debates have yielded significant theoretical insights into the precise character and normative significance of the idea of recognition. Yet there have been less direct focus on its logical and necessary opposite: misrecognition. How can it motivate political struggle? Is it necessarily unjust? Does it necessarily inflict psychic harm? And more broadly how might misrecognition impact upon such things as citizenship, intercultural dialogue and gender relations?
To address these themes the organizers of this conference welcome papers from scholars writing about misrecognition from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, political theory, sociology, psychoanalysis, history, moral economy and criminology.
They also welcome papers reflecting on a wide range of types of social, political and personal experience, and investigating cleavages of nationality, religion, race, gender, ethnicity, class identity, disability, and criminality. Papers promising a mediation of theoretical and empirical insights, bringing speculative analysis and lived experience together, would be particularly welcome.
Organizers: Wendy Martineau (University of Bristol), Nasar Meer (University of Southampton) and Simon Thompson (University of the West of England, Bristol).
Supported by: the Economic and Social Research Council, the Political Studies Association and the Department of Politics at Bristol University.
Conference fee: £50 for academics; £25 for postgraduates; includes meals but not accommodation
To propose a paper,please submit a 250 word abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11 September 2009
For further information, please contact Simon Thompson at email@example.com
See also information at the University of Bristol’s webpages.
Finland and Innovative Cultural Diversity
|Time:||October 22-23, 2009|
|Place:||University of Joensuu, Finland|
The keynote speakers at the conference are Professor Doreen Massey (Open University, UK) and Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol, UK).
The theme of the sixth annual ETMU Days, Finland and Innovative Cultural Diversity, can be approached from many angles and therefore several workshops will be held at the conference.
Researchers, research groups and students of the field may suggest abstracts for the workshops.
See further information on the ETMU web pages.
Paper abstracts (ca. 200 words) and proposals should be sent directly to the session organizers by 15th September 2009.
Launch of the PROMINSTAT online database
ICMPD (International Centre for Migration Policy Development) is announcing the launch of the PROMINSTAT online database and the related publication of country reports on national data collection systems, all accessible through the PROMINSTAT website. The database and the country reports are part of a 30 months collaborative research project on statistical data collection on migration, integration and discrimination involving a network of 18 established research institutions, universities and statistical offices and coordinated by the ICMPD in Vienna. The project is funded under the European Commission’s 6th Framework Programme for Research (FP6).
The PROMINSTAT database is a comprehensive inventory of statistical datasets on migration, integration and discrimination in Europe and currently contains descriptions of more than 1,200 statistical datasets. It documents the availability, comparability and accessibility of quantitative data. Database entries provide general information on datasets, including technical information on type, coverage and methodology as well as extensive information on variables contained in these datasets. The database is accessible here.
The PROMINSTAT country reports complement the database by systematically describing national data collection systems in 27 European countries covered. The reports provide descriptions of key datasets and the institutional setup of data collection in each country, concepts employed and the evolution of national data collection systems. In addition, the country reports analyse the scope, quality and availability of data collection in 13 thematic areas (population stocks, migration flows, residence permits, acquisition of citizenship, asylum, irregular migration, employment, income, housing, health, education, families and household, political participation and criminal justice).
For more information on the project and the database visit the project website at www.prominstat.eu
Four TRICUD Doctoral Fellowships at the University of Liege
TRICUD is a multidisciplinary research programme launched by three research centres based at the Institute of Human and Social Sciences of the University of Liège, namely CEDEM (Centre for Ethnic and Migration Studies), CLEO (Centre for the Study of Public Opinion) and PÔLE SUD (Pôle Liégeois d’Etudes sur les Sociétés Urbaines en Développement). The CEDEM carries out theoretical and empirical research in the field of human migration, ethnic relations and racism in a pluri-disciplinary perspective. The CLEO is a pluri-disciplinary research centre specialised in the study of behaviour, opinion and social representations as well as on the development of methodological tools for collecting and analysing data. PÔLE SUD is mainly oriented towards the study of urban dynamics in Southern development countries as well as on new forms of globalisation. The project is coordinated by CEDEM and is connected to the research activities it pursues within the EU funded network of excellence IMISCOE (International migration, Integration and Social Cohesion).
The University of Liège offers 4 doctoral fellowships within the TRICUD project.The four PhD students will be recruited for a four-year term at the outset of the research project (1st October 2009) and at the latest by the 1st of January 2010.The four doctoral theses will deal with the following themes:
Thesis 1. Towards more ethnicised or more cosmopolitan networks of relations in urban areas? Practices and representations: how minority and majority influence and reshape each other.
Thesis 2. The social and political functions of popular arts in post-migratory cities
Thesis 3. Migration, development and transnationalism in Northern Morocco
Thesis 4. An ethnographic approach to cultural, social, religious and political change triggered by migration in a Southern urban context.
Read more about TRICUD and the general and specific profile for each of the the doctoral fellowships here.
The yearly amount of the fellowship is 29.500 Euros
The selection process will be organised in 2 steps:
1. Applicants are asked to send a full CV and a letter of motivation by e-mail to Marco Martiniello, at M.Martiniello@ulg.ac.be, by September 1 2009
2. The recruitment committee will prepare a shortlist of applicants that will be asked to prepare a more detailed thesis project adapted to the aims of the programme.
For more information:
Research Director FNRS
Director, Centre d’Etudes de l’Ethnicité et des Migrations (CEDEM)
Université de Liège
Institut des Sciences Humaines et Sociales
Bâtiment 31 boîte 45
7, Boulevard du Rectorat
4000 Liège (Sart-Tilman)
Ph: 00 32 (0)4 366 30 40
Fax:00 32 (0)4 366 47 51
Visiting Research Fellowships at ZMO (Zentrum Moderner Orient) in Berlin
ZMO (Zentrum Moderner Orient) in Berlin is advertising Visiting Research Fellowships for 2010, for researchers engaging in projects relevant to ZMO’s research profile. ZMO is an interdisciplinary research institute with an international community of researchers pursuing research with regional and trans-regional focus on societies in Africa, the Middle East, and South- and South-East Asia and their interrelations (as well as their relations to Europe).
The call is open for senior researchers and recent postdocs as well as finishing PhD students in the humanities and social sciences. They are invited to apply for a monthly stipend (1500 EUR for PhD students, 2500 EUR for all postdoctoral researchers) and a period of stay at the centre that should normally last 1-2 months. Slots are available throughout the year, and as ZMO will allocate fellowships throughout all the months of the year, they ask applicants to indicate their preferred month(s) of stay as well as their potential flexibility. ZMO particularly encourages applications by candidates from Africa, the Middle East, and South- and South-East Asia.
The applications will be reviewed by a ZMO selection committee. The decisions should be made within a period of six weeks after the deadline for submission of applications. ZMO cannot supply any travel funds.
Applications can be emailed or posted, and should include:
– CV, including complete list of publications
– Project description of research project to be worked upon during visit (max. 3 pages)
– For PhD students: two letters of reference
Deadline: 1 September 2009
ZMO also welcomes researchers who have already secured their own monies to pursue research at the centre, and encourage inquiries and applications along these lines as well. For selected projects and candidates, they will be able to supply office space and a highly stimulating research environment.
Call for articles on “Migration and Divided Societies”
Chris Gilligan, University of the West of Scotland, UK and Susan Ball-Petsimeris, Université de Paris 8, France invites articles on the theme of ‘Migration and Divided Societies’ for publication in a forthcoming Special Issue of the journal Ethnopolitics. The Special Issue aims to critically examine the relationship between migration and social divisions which are conceptualised as ‘ethnic’ in popular discourse, academic writing or government policy.
Papers are welcome that raise questions related to concepts and practices of migration and segregation along ‘ethnic’ lines. You can find a fuller outline of the rationale for the Special Issue and a guide to the kinds of topics that they would consider for publication here.
Articles should be submitted via email to Chris Gilligan, at: chris.gilligan@ uws.ac.uk, to arrive by Tues 27th October 2009.
* Kristian Berg Harpviken (2009): Social Networks and Migration in Wartime Afghanistan. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan
Kristian Berg Harpviken presents a framework for understanding how people’s networks are essential for their responses to war and disaster. People’s network resources are crucial for mobilizing or maintaining physical resources, for their security, and for the gathering of information. Applying this framework to the analysis of wartime migration, the book challenges one-dimensional victim images of wartime migrants, emphasizing the importance of agency and network resources in responding to unpredictable social environments. The book’s systematic application of a network analytical perspective, building on mechanisms developed through studies in other areas (particularly economic and organizational sociology) is unique. This analytical bridge-building brings new insights to the study of responses to armed conflict, where there has previously only been loose debate on whether social networks fragment or gain strength in the face of war. Discussing migration throughout three decades of war in Afghanistan, the book is based on original fieldwork during the period of the Taliban’s domination of Afghanistan, focusing on two villages in one of the country’s most severely war-stricken areas.
For more information, visit the publisher’s website.
* Göran Larsson (2009): Islam in the Nordic and Baltic Countries. Routledge
Although Muslims are now an important presence in Europe, little is known about the Muslim communities that exist in the Nordic and Baltic regions of Europe. This is the first comprehensive and detailed study of the history, context and development of Islamic institutions and Muslim groups in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, and includes chapters on Islam in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. With contributions by academics with long experience of the Muslim communities in question based on original research, this volume presents new and important perspectives within a comparative and regional framework. Islam in Nordic and Baltic Countries will be an important reference work for students of European history and Islamology, and will be valuable to all researchers and scholars interested in the development of Islam and Muslim communities at the strategic heart of Northern Europe.
For more information visit the publisher’s website.
* Paul Bramadat, Matthias Koenig (eds) (2009): International Migration and the Governance of Religious Diversity. McGill-Queen’s University Press
The first book in the new series Migration and Diversity, International Migration and the Governance of Religious Diversity explores the wide range of social and political responses to religious diversity found in Western states. Contributors focus on changes in the political, legal, and social responses to religious diversity that have resulted from increased international migration and the public visibility of new religious minorities in the West. They examine contemporary theoretical debates about the governance of religious diversity in immigrant-receiving countries and present original in-depth analyses of specific national contexts, allowing readers to observe social forces at work in the governance of religious diversity. Contributors put these national case studies into comparative perspective through an examination of both international normative frameworks for policy-formulation and the impact of contemporary world events on international public discourse about the relationship between religious diversity and migration.
Contributors include Veit Bader (University of Amsterdam), Paul Bramadat (University of Victoria), Desmond Cahill (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), Jocelyne Césari (CNRS, France & Harvard University), Mark Juergensmeyer (University of California, Santa Barbara), Matthias Koenig (University of Göttingen), Will Kymlicka (Queen’s University), Peggy Levitt (Wellesley College), Micheline Milot (University of Quebec at Montreal), Julia Mourão Permoser (University of Vienna), Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka (University of Bielefeld), Sieglinde Rosenberger (University of Vienna), and Paul Weller (University of Derby).
For more information, visit the publisher’s website.
* Sabine Berghahn andPetra Rostock (eds.) (2009): The cloth that conflicts are made of. Debates about the headscarf in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Bielefeld: Transcript
The controversies about the Islamic headscarf have shown that the point at issue is more than a piece of cloth. The headscarf serves as a screen on which the different conflict lines of the European migration debates are projected. This standard work includes numerous well-known authors that highlight which values and principles are at stake at the headscarf debates from a social science, cultural studies and legal perspective. Beyond the German debate, this book provides details and insights on the headscarf conflicts and debates in Austria, Switzerland as well as Britain and France.
For more information, visit the publisher’s website.
* Jeremy McBride (2009): Access to justice for migrants and asylum seekers in Europe. Council of Europe Publishing
Further to the 28th Conference of European Ministers of Justice (Lanzarote, Spain, 25-26 October 2007), the Council of Europe has continued working on access to justice for migrants and asylum seekers.
This publication contains an assessment of the situation faced by this vulnerable category of persons in accessing justice. It deals in particular with the identification of measures – both existing and new – for facilitating and ensuring such access for these people.
To order, visit the Council of Europe bookshop online.
* Sjur Bergan and Jean-Philippe Restoueix (eds) (2009): Intercultural dialogue on Campus (Council of Europe higher education series No.11). Council of Europe Publishing
Modern societies are inconceivable as isolated and mono-cultural entities. The interaction of various cultures is not only a fact of life for most Europeans, it also enriches our societies. However, we also witness tensions between cultures. Intercultural dialogue is therefore one of the political priorities of the Council of Europe, as shown most prominently by the adoption of the White Paper “Living Together as Equals in Dignity” in May 2008.
Higher education, by its history and contemporary practice, is a natural partner in and promoter of intercultural dia¬logue and understanding. Higher education institutions and campuses are themselves multicultural societies, and as such are the focus of the present volume. A second volume will examine the role of higher education in furthering intercultural dialogue and understanding in broader society.
To order, visit the Council of Europe bookshop online.