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Newsbulletin #4

December 2013



For PIE, 2013 ends in the knowledge that a chapter closes. Under the Creative Europe programme (2014-2021) support to Structured Dialogue Platforms, of which PIE was one of three, is no longer foreseen. The 2013 “Evaluation of the Open Method of Coordination and the Structured Dialogue as the Agenda for Culture’s implementing tools at European Union level” found a “lack of common understanding about ownership of the Structured Dialogue and how it should work in practice. … Each Platform developed its own management structures and organizational arrangements leading to very different approaches.”

We celebrate our contribution to this chapter nevertheless with the publication of PIE Discussion Paper #3 which documents our input to the OMC work on intercultural dialogue – see below.

The PIE board has just met and affirmed that our mission of promoting intercultural dialogue as a means to enable the free, full and equal participation of Europe’s diverse people remains as needed as ever. Our “Brokering Migrants’ Cultural Participation” project will be one way of realising our mission in 2014 and beyond. We will work with our members to sustain and further build PIE as a cross-sectoral platform as our mission requires.

We take a break to get ready for the challenges of the New Year. Best wishes to our members & supporters as they do the same!

Sabine Frank,

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"Four theses for an Audit of Culture" by Mark Terkessidis - PIE Discussion Paper #3

DP 3 Mark TerkessidisPIE’s series of occasional Discussion Papers is dedicated to “Developing understanding of the concepts behind intercultural dialogue and action”. #3 was commissioned by PIE as an input to the expert group on Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue (2012-2013) under the Open Method of Coordination. The publication includes reports on the meetings of this expert group, the last of which took place on 10-11 October.

Mark Terkessidis put forward ‘Four theses for an audit of culture’ as a provocation: The promotion of intercultural dialogue through the arts & culture leads to a deep questioning of the traditional offerings of European cultural institutions: Are they still relevant? Are they the kind of culture into which participation by newcomers to society needs to be promoted by all means?

Read the PIE Discussion Paper #3

"Brokering Migrants' Cultural Participation" - EIF project off to a good start

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An expert seminar to refine a draft benchmarking tool for diversity management in cultural institutions took place on 9-10th December. It marked the true start of the project “Brokering Migrants’ Cultural Participation” (supported by the European Integration Fund and ERSTE Foundation). Experts Lena Grönlund (Sweden), Asli Kislal (DasKunst, Austria), Simona Bodo (Italy) and Tony VanderEecken (Bozar, Belgium) brought their specific experience with diversity management to bear from the fields of libraries, theatre, museums and music venues respectively. Representatives of the project partners - PIE, Interarts Foundation in Barcelona, Intercult in Stockholm, IG Kultur Österreich and ECCOM in Rome - then charted the way ahead to a pilot research exercise in the five partner countries as well as Learning Partnerships with selected cultural institutions in 2014.

More info on the project.

10th European Integration Forum -
Participation of migrants in the democratic process - Towards an inclusive citizenship

Brussels, 26/27th November 2013

EIF logoIn the context of the European Year on Citizenship, the Forum discussed the 'Participation of migrants in the democratic process – Towards an inclusive citizenship'. PIE was represented by Tarafa Baghajati (Adviser to the PIE board). He joined in the call for common EU rules on easier access to national citizenship. Even though rule-making on citizenship is likely to remain the prerogative of the Member States, EU fora such as the EIF must be used to raise awareness for the importance of access to citizenship after five years of residency. Furthermore, Tarafa drew attention to the importance of giving migrants who participate in party politics fair electoral chances through good positions on candidate lists. He also highlighted the connection between migrants’ cultural participation and their inclusion in the democratic process. “Migrants must be seen for their contribution to culture and not just for their contribution as cleaners”, Tarafa remarked.

The programme included plenary debates with high representatives of the European institutions and academic experts, as well as parallel roundtables, with different subjects related to the main theme. A roundtable on the future development of Home Affairs policies after the Stockholm Programme (2014-2020) was also held. See Commission Communication 'A new European Agenda for Home Affairs'

Read the Statement of the 10th EIF.

Read European Website on Integration special features (prepared by Migration Policy Group) on:
Access to Nationality for Third-country Nationals
and Migrant Political Participation

Find out more about the EIF.

"Panorama on Intercultural Dialogue" - Over 80 new entries in PIE's online resource collection

Panorama screenshotLooking for orientation on diversity related issues? Panorama offers an overview of definitions of intercultural dialogue and related terms from many sources. It describes publications ranging from official documents, articles and viewpoints to books. It is an archive of descriptions of past projects and events, which demonstrates a history of intercultural efforts.

New content added over the course of this year has brought the collection up to around 720 items. In Panorama there are now 466 publications, 22 definitions, 106 events and more than 125 projects up-to-date. The themes of the articles range from intercultural dialogue to intercultural competence, from religious diversity to multicultural citizenship, from identity to migration.

Students writing their Master thesis about intercultural dialogue will find Panorama a very rich source, easy to consult. The same goes for cultural and civil society organisations as well as public institutions that want to deepen their knowledge on interculturalism.

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