The Year featured 7 “Brussels debates” – each on a specific aspect of intercultural dialogue, with speakers from the European Commission and Parliament, academia and civil-society networks and associations. This list gives the topics and some of the points that arose, with links to background concept papers and debate reports.
Migration and integration(Concept paper) [93 KB]
- Migration as a source of cultural enrichment – for migrants and host societies
- Role of intercultural dialogue in strengthening citizenship values, encouraging cohesive societies and deepening our understanding of a globalising world.
Debate report [87 KB] – Integrating conversations: impact of migration on intercultural dialogue
Culture and the arts(Concept paper) [104 KB]
- Art and culture benefit from creative dialogue with other cultures
- Cultural cooperation can contribute to Europe-wide cohesion and identity.
- Intercultural dialogue engaging all levels of society in the creative process.
Debate report [64 KB] – Negotiating differences –artists’ and cultural institutions’ responsibility
Religion and convictions(Concept paper) [58 KB]
- Dialogue on religious beliefs, philosophies and convictions enriches individuals and societies
- Overcoming misconceptions and fears through dialogue based on respect and openness
- Role of education in promoting knowledge, respect and openness
Debate report [51 KB] - New horizons: active citizenship to bridge inter-religious divides
Seminar report- Intercultural dialogue: a challenge for faiths and convictions
In addition to the debate on Religion and convictions a seminar on "Intercultural dialogue:a challenge for faiths and convictions?" was held in November 2008.
The workplace(Concept paper) [644 KB]
- Workplace as a place of contact between people from different cultural backgrounds
- Cultural diversity increasingly recognised as a competitive asset by business
Debate report [133 KB] – Couscous culture: intercultural dialogue at work
Multilingualism(Concept paper) [438 KB]
- Language skills increasingly important in 27-member EU
- Language knowledge as key to intercultural dialogue and appreciation of cultural diversity
- EU’s "mother tongue + 2 foreign languages" policy
Debate report [127 KB] – Multilingualism – bridge or barrier for intercultural dialogue?
Education(Concept paper) [174 KB]
- Role of intercultural dialogue in equipping individuals with "intercultural competences" needed to participate in increasingly diverse societies.
- Importance of learning about democratic values, citizenship and civil.
- Learning to stand back from our own specific cultural and social background and appreciate contribution of other voices.
- Intercultural dialogue in lifelong learning, formal and informal education – for personal development, citizenship and employability.
Debate report [166 KB] – Education – ready for the intercultural challenge?
The media(Concept paper) [147 KB]
- Importance of media representations of different cultures in confirming or deconstructing stereotypes and shaping popular opinion
- Opportunities for marginalised people to make their voice heard.
Debate report [144 KB] – How media debate can combat intolerance