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Expert workshop in Berlin for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018 and Workshop

With the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018, Bertelsmann Stiftung seeks to highlight ways in which living together in cultural diversity can be productively shaped. Following the Reinhard Mohn Prize’s motto – to “learn from the world” – we launched an international research project looking for good examples of dealing with cultural diversity that could also be translated usefully to Germany. The first results of this research were the subject of an expert workshop in Berlin in July featuring around 20 specialists in the field from academia, politics, the business sector, the media and civil society. In addition to experts from Germany, specialists from Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Israel also participated. The workshop participants together discussed strategies, projects and initiatives from 11 countries that combined the acknowledgment of cultural diversity with the goal of equal opportunities for participation.

In English and German.

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Diversity instead of Exclusion: Where is German society headed with the migration and refugee debate?'

In this publication, we explore the risks and opportunities associated with the influx of refugees and ask how we can successfully ensure diversity and inclusiveness in German society.

In English and German. 

Media
Cities are “laboratories” of communal life

This is an excerpt of an article which explores Germany's position as a 'country of immigration'.

In English and German.

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La pedagogia interculturale in Italia: questioni epistemologiche

The growing cultural diversity in modern society risks causing conflict and segregation. Intercultural pedagogy aims at achieving a lack of fear towards cultural confrontation and dialogue with others, but to embrace it. This publication outlines the debate in Italy on intercultural pedagogy, meant not as a distinct sector of pedagogical knowledge, but as a new and enriching point of view on the study of the education of society. This education is now happening in a much more multiethnic and multicultural setting.

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What Is Intercultural Sustainability? A First Exploration of Linkages Between Culture and Sustainability in Intercultural Research

This article is out to encourage a future debate on the potential as well as on the pitfalls of the notion of intercultural sustainability by providing a rapid appraisal of to-date uses of the term sustainability in connection with aspects of intercultural  communication and intercultural relations.

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Penser autrement la Méditerranée contemporaine: quelles voies pour le dialogue interculturel ?

Selon les mots de l'auteur, "La Méditerranée s’impose comme le point du globe où se concentre la diversité jusqu’à en devenir l’exemple ou le laboratoire. Elle est la mer des jonctions, à la fois centre du monde et périphérie pour les États qui la bordent. Entre guerres et paix, emprunts et héritages, entre hostilité et hospitalité, cet espace névralgique ne connaît que des équilibres fragiles qui requièrent sans cesse reformulations et négociations. Aussi cette diversité fondée principalement sur une conscience de l’appartenance à un ensemble plus vaste autorise-t-elle aujourd’hui ces zones géographiques frontalières à se fédérer afin d’anticiper sur certains questionnements intégrant les dimensions plurielles, et aussi conflictuelles, de l’interculturalité. Les dispositifs du dialogue étant désormais à l’œuvre, l’approche anthropologique de la communication permettra une approche en finesse d’une question complexe mais riche de potentialités.''

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Museums as places for intercultural dialogue

This publication includes insights, reflections and learning points from the process, and includes a description of the 30 pilot projects carried out in Italian, Dutch, Spanish and Hungarian muséums, the main goal of developing the potential of muséums as places of intercultural dialogue and promoting more active engagement with the communities they serve.

It grew out of the European project Museums as Places for Intercultural Dialogue (MAP for ID)

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Re-framing education about beliefs and practices in schools

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.

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Projects and Programmes
Assessing the Effectiveness of Interfaith Initiatives

A collaboration between The Woolf Institute, Georgetown University Qatar and the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID), and with the generous support of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)Assessing the Effectiveness of Interfaith Initiatives is a three-year ethnographic research project that centres on Delhi, Doha and London. 

The focus of the research, therefore, is a comparative assessment of how the now global interfaith movement has emerged and developed across these three diverse case studies. Over the course of three years, researchers conducted extensive fieldwork in Delhi, Doha and London, which involved participant-observation at a range of interfaith events, for the most part in dialogue settings such as conferences, roundtables and workshops. Extensive interviews were conducted with interfaith practitioners, religious leaders, scholars, government officials, policymakers and also laypeople. Although centring on three distinctive case studies, the research carried out encompasses many of the trends and challenges that are identifiable across the broader interfaith movement, and should be of interest to politicians, policymakers, religious and community leaders and scholars or students with an interest in the field of interfaith.