Is there such a thing as an ‘intercultural movement’? The last editorial ended with the suggestion that it depended on ‘worthiness of cause, unity, numbers and commitments’. The jury is still out. There is also the thesis that migration itself is a social movement. This jars at first with the notion that a social movement needs contentious political performances, displays and campaigns. Migration is after all primarily the search for a better life. Yet transnational migration could be perceived as protest against limitations on the free movement of people coexisting with free global capital movements (Manuela Bojadzijev), and therefore as a political act.
What is certain is that migration causes defensive reactions. In an economic system, which makes it impossible for everybody to fulfil their aspirations, the ‘haves’ or ‘have-stills’ are wary of eager ‘have nots’ appearing on the scene. Fears and stereotypes are moulded into racist ideologies, which help justify migration controls and sort migrants into legal and illegal.
Interculturalism, whether social movement or not, works at the level of improving attitudes to diversity resulting from people mobility. It centres on building empathy out of human engagement. This is the principle, which informs most of the work of the members of Intercultural Europe. This is also why we are interested in positive stories about diversity - ‘narratives’ which might hold the power to transform our societies. The search for ‘new narratives’ is linked to the search for new social models and system change. While not core business of the Platform for Intercultural Europe, we are happy to look over the shoulder of those organisations that do (see the news of our member ENAR below), and invite them to look over ours.
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5th Intercultural Practice Exchange: “Multiculturalism is dead.” Long live interculturalism!
Slovenia between old and new diversity - Ljubljana, 30 Nov. - 1 Dec. 2011
Resolving conflict over the building of a mosque in Ljubljana, enabling young Roma to find their place in the labour market, bridging cultural differences over joint care for the environment, investigating why the reality of intercultural education lags behind the declared ideal – these are the project examples which will be explored at the 5th Intercultural Practice Exchange of the Platform for Intercultural Europe in collaboration with its member organisation Kud Pozitiv, the boarding school Dijaški dom Ivana Cankarja and the Municipality of Ljubljana.
The exploration will take place in the context of wider questions about diversity policies in Slovenia. How does old diversity sit with new diversity in Slovenia as a country of immigration? Do the different levels of government work hand in hand to make the best out of diversity?
Around 60 participants from Slovenia and abroad will put their heads together for analysis. The results will feed into the advocacy work of the organisers.
Registration will open soon. You can send the message “I am interested in participating - please send me an invitation.” to email@example.com
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6th European Integration Forum - 'The Involvement of countries of origin in the integration process'.
Brussels, 9-10 Nov. 2011
The topic of this forum is also one of three priority areas identified by the European Agenda for Integration, adopted by the European Commission on 20 July 2011. Three different aspects of this topic will be discussed in roundtables: Pre-departure measures in support of integration, diaspora communities and contacts with countries of origin, and circular migration and development.
The Platform for Intercultural Europe will once more participate in this consultative forum and is in the process of preparing its position. Our preliminary view is that the focus on cooperation with countries of emigration assumes too harmonious migration scenarios, distracts from the need to further improve EU integration policies, and dilutes the problem that EU integration policy is only directed at ‘legally residing third country national’ rather than taking naturalised immigrants and undocumented migrants into account. Send your views on the European Agenda for Integration to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take them into account in our representation.
Integration policy is a small area in the vast field of EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA). Border controls and the fight against crime and terrorism repeatedly push migrant integration off the JHA Council’s agenda. The more important that civil society delivers strong inputs at the Integration Forum!
For more information on the Platform for Intercultural Europe’s involvement in the European Integration Forum click here.
Culture fighting its EU corner:
3rd European Culture Forum
Brussels, 20-21 Oct. 2011
This stakeholder conference will explore how culture - and a European cultural policy to go with it - can be positioned in the context of the EU 2020 strategy of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Topics in the programme are: the potential of digitisation for audience-building and new business models; investment in culture to maximise its contribution to economic and social development at regional and local levels; and the promotion of cultural actors in EU external policy in order for them to catalyse civic empowerment and democratisation processes.
A third of four panels will look at the skills needed in the cultural sector to adapt to austerity politics and to develop. Chris Torch, member of the Platform for Intercultural Europe’s Steering Group, will be a respondent to the panel discussion and bring the challenge of diversity and the need for intercultural skills into play. The Platform for Intercultural Europe as such will be featured in the parallel programme of information sessions with a presentation on “Structuring the dialogue on interculturality between civic organisations and the EU”.
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BROWSE! New website of the Platform for Intercultural Europe
Do you wonder why we have a role at the European Integration Forum or the European Culture Forum? Burning to know what Structured Dialogue is or what next gathering we are planning? On our new website it is easy to find the answers.
Launched this week, the Platform’s new website displays all there is to know about the Platform in well-structured menus and good design: its political role, its activity fields, its way of functioning and its growing membership.
See www.intercultural-europe.org and bookmark it. You will come back!
Act for Culture in Europe:
We Are More campaign steps up its mobilisation
Over 20.000 people have already signed the We Are More campaign manifesto! The Platform for Intercultural Europe supports this Europe-wide campaign driven by its strategic partner Culture Action Europe and the European Cultural Foundation. The campaign seeks to mobilise all who care about culture in Europe to influence the political negotiations currently held between national governments and EU policymakers over the 2014-2020 budget. These negotiations will determine the next ten years of support to cultural activities for everyone who lives in Europe.
If you haven’t signed the manifesto yet, make your voice heard now. If you have signed and wish to step up your engagement, use the advocacy toolkit, which is now available - in 6 languages!
Council of Europe report
“Combining diversity and freedom in 21st-century Europe”
Civil Society Forum 'Living Together', Strasbourg, 13-14 Nov. 2011
A look over institutional boundaries: The Council of Europe has responded to the resurgence of intolerance and discrimination in Europe with the report on "Living Together”: Combining diversity and freedom in 21st-century Europe. It outlines 17 "strategic recommendations" to European Institutions and their Member States and a further 42 proposals for action to change public attitudes. Enough to address the “clear leadership deficit in shaping Europe's present and future“ identified?
The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe is organising the Civil Society Forum 'Living Together' on 13-14 November 2011 in Strasbourg.
News from our European members
To become a member please go to our membership page and send us your application form.
European Festivals Association (EFA)
Summer season is festival season:
Europe’s festival highlights on the EFA website
The summer was characterised by numerous artistic highlights in festivals all over Europe: “Summer in Europe is a season of festivals, a chance to enjoy some of the continent's finest cultural offerings” agrees the EU. The website of the European Festivals Association (EFA) is the place to look for the programmes of some of Europe’s most innovative and creative festivals and to find news from the world of festivals!
www.efa-aef.eu / email@example.com
European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL)
Intercultural Dialogue Day 4th Edition– 29 September 2011
Since 2008, the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue, EFIL celebrates “Intercultural Dialogue Day” on every last Thursday of September. On this day, AFS volunteers across Europe organise public events promoting intercultural dialogue and diversity through youth exchanges. The events address audiences in an interactive way in order to raise awareness. For impressions of the past years, just follow the links: 2008, 2009, 2010.
This year, volunteers tracked the day’s events all over Europe in a Google map and posted event descriptions and pictures on the Facebook Page of Intercultural Dialogue Day.
Join the FB Page and get inspired by the IDD events!
European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL), the Federation of European AFS organisations
Dr. Vincenzo Morlini is the new President and CEO of AFS Intercultural Programme
Dr. Vincenzo Morlini is AFS Intercultural Programme’s first European president. “My own experience as an AFS exchange participant from Italy to the US in 1966 taught me the immense value of intercultural education. My host family in the US became part of my extended family and remains so to this day. The mission of AFS, to create a more just and peaceful world through intercultural learning, is as valid today as it was in 1947 when the AFS exchange programmes first started. The immense benefits provided by immersive intercultural experiences that allow people to connect and enable them to share their cultures cannot be overstated.”
Dr. Morlini was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and brings to AFS international the experience from the business world as well as an outstanding track record as national partner director of the AFS Partner in Italy, Intercultura.
European Network Against Racism (ENAR)
New ENAR publication on ‘Integration beyond migration’
ENAR has published a report entitled ‘Integration beyond migration: Kicking off the debate’. ENAR advocates for a departure from the current EU and national approaches to integration and to embrace integration across the policy areas of migration, social inclusion, citizenship, intercultural dialogue, education, and employment creation. As a first step, ENAR has commissioned the Migration Policy Group to provide some ‘food for thought’ on the problems with the EU’s current approach to integration and outlining potential new concepts.
News from our national members
Border Crossings (UK)
Maori heritage project - Until early 2012
Following the success of the Origins Festival of First Nations, Border Crossings is working London’s Maori and Polynesian communities to document and archive stories of migration and cultural meetings. Young people will be conducting a series of oral history interviews with elders from the Pacific region, asking about their lives, cultures, and experiences. The project will lead to a new website, and an archive deposited in a number of museums and community institutions.
www.bordercrossings.org.uk - www.originsfestival.com - youtube
CGIL di Roma e del Lazio (Italy)
Round Table "Migration and citizenship: time for a decision!"
CGIL Roma and Lazio recently organised a Round Table on the issue of "Migration and citizenship: time for a decision!" in Rome on 4th September 2011. Speakers and participants discussed citizenship, work, participation, interculturalism and in particular CGIL’s proposal of launching a campaign for the submission to the Italian Parliament of two bills: one to recognize the right of migrants to vote in local elections and another to reform the law on citizenship - people of foreign background who are born in Italy only have the right to apply for citizenship when aged 18, and the procedure is bureaucratically complicated.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org - www.lazio.cgil.it
Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi (Italy)
P.IN.O.K.I.O. International Final Conference - 22nd November 2011
The international final conference is an event organised in the framework of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (Comenius) co-funded European project P.IN.OKIO: “Pupils for Innovation as a Key to intercultural and social inclusion”. The project, which was developed in collaboration with seven partners, intends to promote intercultural dialogue and social inclusion in pre-primary and primary schools in Europe using children's literature and Web 2.0 tools.
The Conference will close with a dinner and an evening concert with the guitarist Karim Baggili, leader of the Karim Baggili Quartet, which tours extensively all over Europe.
Fundación Bertelsmann (Spain)
New social network to improve information about immigration
The social network recently launched by Fundación Bertelsmann in Barcelona, is an innovative tool for managing immigration with Web 2.0 potential, which is aimed at journalists, communicators and institutions specialising in immigration. It is intended to encourage the exchange of specialised content on the subject of diversity, such as reports, links and studies; analyse good and bad communication practices in immigration matters and to foster debate through a virtual forum, among other activities.
For more info: email@example.com - www.fundacionbertelsmann.org
Fundación Bertelsmann (Spain)
Presentation of the school contest: Eres joven, ¡triunfarás!
Madrid – 21st September 2011
Fundación Bertelsmann initiated in 2010 the school contest Eres Joven, ¡triunfarás! to promote good management of cultural diversity in Spanish schools, to encourage understanding between native students and those with immigrant roots, to raise awareness among the young, to mainstream a positive perception of multiculturalism, and to work towards equal opportunities in the education. This September we presented the second edition of the contest in the presence of the “ambassadors” of the project, famous Spanish people with immigrant roots.
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org - www.eresjoventriunfaras.org
Poiein kai Prattein (Greece)
Monitoring of situation in Greece
Poiein kai Prattein is monitoring the crisis situation in Greece in an effort to provide orientation and to help uphold the belief in rational politics in the face of austerity measures. It must be a priority to keep channels of communication open - especially with migrant groups, for example by restarting the Municipal Radio Station FM 104,4. The aim is to keep up a flow of people and a flow of ideas. The drafting of a new social contract in Greece and the upholding the position of non-violence in civil actions is crucial.
Europe Now – New stories from a common intercultural Europe
“Europe Now” is a collaboration between theatres from Sweden, Turkey, Netherlands, UK, and Germany. The aim is to keep the discussion about a common intercultural Europe on top of the agenda and develop new stories on Europe. Migrant groups lives across national borders in Europe. Many switch constantly between different cultural contexts. “Europe Now” will benefit intercultural audiences and a continued discussion on a united socially sustainable Europe.
For more info: email@example.com - www.riksteatern.se
Transnational Arts Production (Norway) – (former Du store verden!/the DSV network )
“Viewing Palestine 2011” – Oslo – 13/18 September 2011
The Palestinian region and their diaspora possess rich art and culture traditions and many skilled artists and artistic resources in traditional as well as experimental/contemporary arts. Yet Palestinian art and culture are often seen in connection to aid, peace and solidarity work. Their instrumental character has come to be assigned more value than their intrinsic value for human expression. Artistic quality is therefore sometimes undermined, deprived of favourable conditions and of acknowledgement for its creators.
“Viewing Palestine 2011” focused on the richness of these arts and culture. The project was developed in close collaboration with Palestinian partners – first and foremost through Said Murad (musician, composer and overall important arts and cultural resource) and his broad network. With political statements as a natural component in the art works (literature, music etc.), the project is not a solidarity project, but a step to develop close collaboration with artists, their art and artistic value.
The project proved to be a great success and a true occasion for intercultural dialogue.
Full program and more information on www.trap.no/projects/viewing_palestine/2011
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