Representations and experiences of living together in contemporaneous societies: an overview

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 4 November 2014 - 5:00pm to Saturday, 8 November 2014 - 12:00pm
Where: 
Canada, Québec
Type of Event: 
Event under UNESCO Patronage
Contact: 
Hugue Ngandeu Ngatta, hc.ngandeu-ngatta@unesco.org ; Celia Forget, celia.forget@celat.ulaval.ca

The University of Laval in Quebec City (Canada) will host an international symposium on "Representations and experiences of living together in contemporary societies: an overview”, organized by the "Centre interuniversitaire d’étude sur les lettres, les arts et les traditions" (CELAT), under UNESCO’s patronage, to be held from 4 to 8 November 2014.

The symposium is the result of close collaboration between the CELAT, the "Maison des Sciences de l'Homme", the "Institut Technologie de l’Information et Sociétés" (ITIS), "Le Musée de la civilisation", the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO through its Social and Human Sciences Sector.

Interdisciplinary in its approach, it builds on the fact that diversity today remains a feature and a key issue in contemporary societies and further engages researchers, scholars, experts, policy makers, students, community and social actors to address the challenges related to ways of thinking and organizing diversity, from or through the concept of "living together".

Plenary lectures, round table discussions and thematic workshops will be the framework for discussions on three main themes, namely: (i) management and policy challenges of living together, (ii) living together and languages, and (iii) areas of experience to live together.

On the sidelines of the symposium, a public event will be held on 4 November 2014 at "Le Musée de la Civilisation" on the theme: "Telling otherwise: technology and living together", and a special workshop will be organized on 8 November on "Diversity, tolerance and intolerance in social media".

This scientific dialogue will renew and further enrich the debate on pluralism and diversity, thus contributing to the objectives of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), for which UNESCO is the lead agency for the United Nations system. Especially, it will revisit one of the pillars of the work of UNESCO for education in the 21st Century: "Learning to live together", as was stated in the 1996 Delors Report "Learning: The Treasure Within".