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Projects and Programmes
Middle East Dialogue: A New Collective Vision

Conference in March 2018 by the Middle East Dialogue department, for policy makers, scholars, business and social leaders. There is a call for proposals for this conference

Publications
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.

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. 

Projects and Programmes
Cross Continental Cooperation Summit 2017-2018

The Cross-Continental Cooperation Summit of 2017-18 will be a culmination of 25 events taking place across the globe. The Cross-Continental Cooperation Summit of 2017-18 will be a culmination of 25 events taking place across the globe. 

Publications
Publications
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. 

Publications
Annual Report 2016 from Institute of Cultural Diplomacy

An annual report from the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy. It focuses on the work of its academic department, the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. 

Courses / trainings
Woolf Institute Summer Schools

The Woof Institute is developing Summer School opportunities that will launch in summer 2019. The primary aim of the summer school is to offer a programme of study for students that will draw on the research and teaching expertise of staff and doctoral students at the Woolf Institute, as well as teaching staff of the University of Cambridge. 

The summer school aims to increase tolerance and interdependence through the design of a curriculum and a learning environment conducive to academic study and fostering understanding of the diversity of beliefs, attitudes and perspectives. Woolf Institute Summer School will offer courses related to three themes: Region, Migration and Society.

Publications
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.

Publications
Investing in Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue: UNESCO World Report

A comprehensive, global report on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue which seeks to underline the advances of recent years to emphasize that cultural diversity has as its corollary intercultural dialogue, which implies a need to move beyond a focus on differences that can only be a source of conflict, ignorance and misunderstanding.