Multilevel governance of cultural diversity in a c.. (GOVDIV)
Multilevel governance of cultural diversity in a comparative perspective: EU-Latin America
Start date: Jan 1, 2014,
End date: Dec 31, 2017
"The overall aim of this proposal is to create a transnational interdisciplinary research and training network between European and Latin American Universities and Research centres in order to promote transfer of knowledge and to produce innovative research in the field of the multilevel governance of cultural diversity in a comparative perspective. The governance of cultural diversity is a key issue for contemporary Europe. Accommodating increased cultural diversity by balancing the recognition of differences with the promotion of equal participation in the common public sphere is a task that will, for the foreseeable future, be with us to stay.The proposal will represent a crucial moment for a stronger institutionalisation of the existing collaborations among the partner institutions, giving a systematic character to the transfer of knowledge on the issue of cultural diversity, through methodological workshops, which will clarify definitions and conceptualizations, through the implementation of comparative research, the implementation of joint courses (Master programs, doctoral studies) and the launching of a scientific journal in English.The comparative research projects implemented will focus on the relations between, on one side, the institutional framework and the governments’ policies, and, on the other, the empirical dynamics of the cultural construction, social formation and political mobilization of collective identities, deployed by migrants, ethno-national minorities, religious minorities, indigenous peoples.The proposal’s research outcomes will enable a better understanding of the complex dynamics in plural and multi-ethnic societies and may possibly suggest new paths for policies and governance at national and at EU-level."
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