This MOOC questions what European identity is and what we understand and promote as European culture. It explains fundamental European policies on culture, creativity and the media, with a specific focus on urban settings. The course critically explores the formation of diverse identities and cultures in Europe, by shedding light on the importance of memories and shared heritages in this process. Finally, it illustrates the policy dimension behind European cultural and media industries and questions dominant economistic approaches to cultural creativity.
This course aims at helping to cutlivate awarenss of one's own and others identities, to highlight some notable variaitons in communicaitons styles and cultural values and to better understand cross-cultural complexity.
Who leads this initiative of intercultural dialogue ?
The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Established by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations in 1958 as one of the UN's five regional commissions, ECA's mandate is to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's development.
What is this good practice about ?
This paper tackles the challenge of diversity management in Africa, a continent with countries that bear a very specific History, notably in terms of politics and fairly recent independence, as well as ancestral traditions. How to manage a cultural diversity that translates into so many different dimensions? Determining the property of the land, representing politically all the different clans, initiating dialogues between State leaders who lead the country and indigenous representatives who lead some communities?
How is this initiative contributing to intercultural dialogue? What challenge(s) does it tackle ? What is at stake?
This report illustrates how cultural diversity can be instrumentalised, driving to different types of discrimination that lead to what is called 'diversity-based conflicts'. Following those observations, it draws tangible examples how cultural diversity must be turned into an opportunity: it starts with equal rights for all, with contemporary democratic pillars that must also adapt to ancestral systems of governance in order to be fully equitable, respectful of all the citizens without any kind discrimination (clan, language, religion, value system, traditional models of land management and property, reconciliation, etc.)
Quote from the paper: There is little doubt that diversity management is indispensable for socioeconomic transformation. It is a requisite for nation-building, which entails integration of the different identity groups into a community of citizens under a shared system of institutions.
The resource was designed to encourage people to think about and learn from intercultural encounters they have had either face to face or through visual media such as such as television, magazines, films, the Internet, etc. Further material can be found on the website, notably Images of Others: An Autobiography of Intercultural Encounters through Visual Media (AIEVM) - this site can accessed only upon authentification, I would propose to skip this sentence.
The Autobiography is a set of learning materials structured within the model of intercultural competences that includes four elements:
- Knowledge and skills
- Attitudes and feelings
The good practices in favour of intercultural dialogue shared in this collection shed valuable light on the capacity, effectiveness and strength of schools around the world to contribute to the development and pursuit of intercultural dialogue. The majority of the experiences shared took place in UNESCO Associated Schools, which frequently faced the common problems of lack of resources, heavy workloads for teachers and limited time for innovation and experimentation.
This Resource Pack is meant to be a practical toolkit for youth work in the context of intercultural communication. It contains a set of tools and methods for youth activities, some personal insights of other youth workers involved in intercultural communication projects as well as theoretical inputs and references for further work in this area. Further material avaiable on the website
ACALAN provides resources to serve as a catalyst in revolutionizing the teaching and appriciation of African languages, highlighting current approaches undertaken, the strategies to be adopted, and the ultimate goals and objectives of language sharing.
As a member of the commonly referred to "Indian Group of Seven", Janvier is a pioneer of contemporary Canadian aboriginal art in Canada.
A series of dialogues designed for an international student orientation program introducing foreigners to US cultural situations.