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Challenges of Cultural Diversity in Europe and the Arab World

Retos de la diversidad cultural en Europa y el Mundo Árabe

رهانات التنوع الثقافي في أوروبا والعالم العربي

Enjeux de la diversité culturelle en Europe et dans le Monde Arabe

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Published on Monday, June 27, 2016 by Céline Guilleux

Summary

The era of globalization arises numerous challenges to accept plurality, differences and management of cultural diversity, especially, with the return of the ingredient of culture to the field of political action in a context in which culture has a central role in the post Cold War world. Globalization has tried to widespread certain values, practices and cultural expressions, whereas in numerous Arab and Western countries, refuge has been sought in cultural singularity and identity. Therefore, cultural factors have had their impact in the design of national, regional and international policies.

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The era of globalization arises numerous challenges to accept plurality, differences and management of cultural diversity, especially, with the return of the ingredient of culture to the field of political action in a context in which culture has a central role in the post Cold War world. Globalization has tried to widespread certain values, practices and cultural expressions, whereas in numerous Arab and Western countries, refuge has been sought in cultural singularity and identity. Therefore, cultural factors have had their impact in the design of national, regional and international policies.

Therefore, diversity and pluralism have become the most important characteristics of contemporary societies. This has required the enactment of cultural laws and policies that take into account cultural diversity and protect the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, in order to avoid “cultural” tensions and sectarianism and to preserve social cohesion. However, this process faces complications and setbacks; some studies show that one in three conflicts that are currently taking place in the world is caused by “cultural” or “religious” reasons.

In the midst of today’s challenges, together with the triumph of the logic of the market, the unification of cultural norms and the influence of information technology, new phenomena have appeared. These new phenomena are affected by the defense of identity and national processes, the protests of new social movements, the claim of cultural rights and the challenges of managing immigration-related issues.

In this context, numerous factors have been combined to create differences whose consequences have not taken long to appear, such as the challenges posed to the State by ethnic nationalism, which often creates a climate of distrust between the majority and the minority, due to the need of all components of society to contribute to the creation of the future by laying the foundations of a common culture and identity, and by taking into consideration recognition, rights, justice, equality and full citizenship.

This means that the management of cultural diversity is an essential component of the structure of any society, and its management is a challenge; since states and nations coincide in the richness of their cultural fabric, but are different in the methods of managing diversity, hence it is an opportunity to take advantage of successful experiences.

In order to fulfill its role in the strengthening of scientific cooperation ties between researchers, the Chair of Studies in Islamic Civilization and Renewal of Religious Thought organizes an international congress on “The Challenges of Cultural Diversity in Europe and the Arab World”, in Granada, in November 16-17, 2016, with the participation of scholars and researchers from Europe, the Arab World and the United States.

The aim of the congress is to contribute to surpass these challenges by studying methods for cultural diversity management in different countries with the goal of exchanging experiences and knowledge, adding new elements to the debate regarding cultural diversity challenges. All of this, based on the need to develop a social engineering for cultural diversity in Arab and European societies, which may consider diversity as a source of richness and an essential part of the solution and not as the source of the problem. 

International Congress, “The Challenges of Cultural Diversity in Europe and the Arab World”.

Location: Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies, Granada, Spain.

Date of celebration: 16, 17 of November, 2016.

Participants: Scholars, historians and researchers in the fields of cultural diversity, immigration, citizenship and coexistence issues.

Organizers: Chair of Studies in Islamic Civilization and Renewal of Religious Thought, Euro-Arab Foundation of Higher Studies, Mominoun Foundation for Studies and Research, and the Institute of Granada for Research and Higher Studies.

Collaborators: University of Granada.

Points

Point I: Academic world and diversity management.

Point II: Cultural and religious diversity in the digital era.

Point III: Immigration, identity, citizenship and cultural diversity in Europe.

Point IV: Diversity management in the Arab World.

Point V: Towards a global policy in pluralism and cultural diversity management.

• Working languages: Arabic, Spanish, French and English.  

 

Scientific committee

 

  • Inmaculada Marrero Rocha, University of Granada
  • Mohammed Bensalah, Mohamed VI University, Rabat
  • Rafael Ortega, University of Granada

Participation

World-renowned scholars and researchers will be invited. A number of places will be reserved for researchers interested in participating.

Candidates must submit the following documents to the email congress@fundea.org :

- Abstract of the paper, highlighting the main topics of research (500 to 700 words).

- Brief CV of the researchers including educational background, institutional affiliation and most significant scientific productions.

400 euros will be rewarded for the delivery of the paper and participation in the congress.

Calendar

  •  Deadline for submitting the abstracts: 17 July, 2016.
  •  Notification of accepted proposals: 29 July, 2016.
  •  Deadline for submitting final papers: 30 September, 2016.
  •  Final program to be announced: 07 october, 2016.

Publication of proceedings

- The Chair of Studies in Islamic Civilization and Renewal of Religious Thought will be in charge of publishing the final papers.

For more information:

www.civilizacionsislamica.fundea.org

congress@fundea.org

+34 958 206 508           

 

Places

  • Fundación Euroárabe de Altos Estudios - 27, Calle San Jerónimo
    Granada, Kingdom of Spain (18001)

Date(s)

  • Sunday, July 03, 2016

Keywords

  • diversité, interculturalité, dialogue culturelle, gestion

Contact(s)

  • Hassan Laaguir
    courriel : congress [at] fundea [dot] org

Information source

  • Hassan Laaguir
    courriel : congress [at] fundea [dot] org

To cite this announcement

« Challenges of Cultural Diversity in Europe and the Arab World », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, June 27, 2016, https://calenda.org/370938

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