Focus area
LIVING WITH DIFFERENCE: community, diversity and the common good

The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public life was convened in 2013 by the Woolf Institute, which promotes the multidisciplinary study of relationships between Christians, Jews and Muslims.

The commission’s purpose is to consider the place and role of religion and belief in contemporary Britain, to consider the signifcance of emerging trends and identities, and to make recommendations for public life and policy. Its premise is that in a rapidly changing diverse society everyone is affected, whatever their private views on religion and belief, by how public policy and public institutions respond to social change. Under the leadership of Baroness Butler-Sloss the 20 commissioners – incorporating adherents of the main religious and belief traditions within the UK, including humanism – have met frequently.

They have taken evidence from a wide range of people, and have journeyed around the UK and through its social and economic, religious and cultural, legal and political, academic and educational landscapes.Their report sets out their main conclusions and recommendations.

Asia-Europe Foundation Annual Report 2016

The section on culture: ASEF promotes various forms of cultural cooperation between Asia and Europe, including policy dialogue, bi-regional networks and artistic collaborations. It fosters sustainable partnerships between Asian and European arts organisations, while also facilitating dialogue between the arts sector and government agencies responsible for culture.

Projects and Programmes
Religious Sisterhood: Encounters of Gender, Religion and Belonging in the UK

This ethnographic study focuses on the emergence of grassroot female interfaith initiatives, analysing the creative ways religious women negotiate their challenges and struggles as women of faith, together. 

Wittgenstein and Interfaith Disagreement

This project explored the possibilities of interpreting interfaith disagreement, either in the spirit of or in dialogue with the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. 

Courses / trainings
Training in professional areas on interreligious dialogue

The institute combines teaching, scholarship and outreach to facilitate interreligious dialogue and understanding. They have  professional trainings for those working in the following areas:

- Civil Service

- Corporate profession

- Education

- Healthcare

Teaching gender equality at school

Recent report of the High Council for Equality between Women and Men: the report details in two main parts the importance of the education system as of its actors in the learning and experience of equality between girls and boys: 1 / The primary role of national education staff in building gender equality 2 / A priority for tomorrow: the training of national education staff.

Communiquer sans stéréotype de sexe : guide pratique

S’obstiner à appeler une femme « madame le Directeur » plutôt que « madame la Directrice », réduire les femmes à leur corps dans les publicités, n’inviter que des hommes à la tribune au motif qu’il n’y aurait pas de «femmes expertes" ...

Dans le langage, les images ou l’organisation d’événements, la communication peut au quotidien renforcer l’effacement des femmes et les stéréotypes. Loin d’être anecdotique, la communication impacte nos représentations. Plutôt que d’alimenter le sexisme, nous pouvons passer à l’action en nous assurant d’une communication plus inclusive et égalitaire.

Autour de 10 recommandations, ce guide pratique vous accompagne et vous outille pour convaincre autour de vous : foire aux arguments, références historiques, juridiques et bibliographiques, bons et mauvais exemples, chiffres clés et ressources en ligne.

À vous de jouer !


Museums as places for intercultural dialogue: selected practices from Europe

For many years now, scholars, museologists, and members of source communities have been debating the contemporary relevancy of ethnographic collections and their appropriate use given their nineteenth century origins and association with Western colonialism. In the thirty pilot projects carried out in the framework of MAP for ID ... many innovative and unconventional ways participants are breathing new life into these and other types of collections and museums.

MAP for ID’s focus on working with immigrant and minority communities to facilitate more harmonious and just integration addresses a question of great social concern not only within European societies but also in the United States.

That is: How do we go beyond being multicultural societies to being ‘intercultural societies where a plurality of cultures cooperates in dialogue and in shared responsibility.

MAP for ID exemplifies the ongoing trend within the international museum community to democratize museums and make them more accessible to wider audiences, socially relevant, and responsive to their publics’ changing needs and interests. The initiative underscores the International Council of Museums’ definition of a museum as an institution ‘in the service of society and its development.’ It is one thing, however, to accept this axiom and quite another to put it into actual practice. The MAP for ID projects provide us with concrete models of how to utilise the many resources of museums, artistic and cultural organisations to serve contemporary social needs and interests.

Projects and Programmes
Culture routes

The European Institute of Cultural Routes (EICR) advises and evaluates Cultural Routes already certified, helps new projects obtain certification, organises training and visibility activities for route managers and coordinates a university network.

Courses / trainings
Online Training Resource “What's up with culture?”

This online course offers an opportunity to explore various aspects of intercultural communication and adjustment models and to learn what is required to be effective and comfortable while going abroad and living internationally.