Cultural Diversity- An Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
会议地点: Budapest, Hungary
Our global reality is one of increasing diversity, mobility and interconnectedness. Individuals and communities engage and interact with one another on an unprecedented scale and the resulting entanglements of cultural diversities pose both challenges and opportunities.
In the horizon-widening context of this global cultural diversity or “mundialization,” an urgent focus is emerging on how to foster inclusive strategies for how people can live in shared spaces and cross-cultural places of what has become our global village. How should we and how can we co-exist without one voice, one narrative, one group imposing moral, political or religious dominance or superiority?
The goal of this interdisciplinary approach to cultural diversity is a mutually respectful, critical and inclusive exploration of multiple life experiences, voices and representations that does not fetishize or pathologize difference. This is not about co-existing in a kind of détente of tolerance that carries forward the baggage of colonial, patriarchal, heteronormative power but rather the interweaving of ideas, lives and learning from each other in inclusive ways that constructively contest and de-privilege hierarchies and power structures that place one individual or group above another or which separate individuals and groups from each other.
Given the multiplicity of experience and social influence that cultural diversity implies, conflicts of approach or opinion are perhaps inevitable but impasse, violent disagreement, mistrust and overt or ‘soft’ oppression need not be. To that end, this multi-disciplinary event seeks to build and articulate a co-operative and transcultural approach which acknowledges, honours and critically examines cultural diversity in a broad range of contexts.
For example, how does cultural diversity affect education and the classroom environment? How can a multi-disciplinary approach such as the one imagined here bring a blend of perspectives from teachers, students and their families, academics, practitioners and policy makers to bear on this particular example. How can we unlock the opportunities which difference and diversity present us? The same questions could equally apply cultural diversity in the workplace. These are simply two of many potential areas of focus that this event seeks to explore and we strongly encourage the use of problem-solving cases and real life scenarios for possible collaborative consultations during the conference.
To that end, this inclusive interdisciplinary conference aims to explore approaches to cultural diversity in a wide variety of contexts such as Sex and Gender, Sexuality, Race, Ethnicity, Language, Community, Technology and Social Media, Cultural Representation (for instance, in literature, theatre, music, visual arts, film, television, and other cultural texts), Education, Social Work, Health Services, Law, Governance, Economics, etc.. We welcome presentations in a variety of formats including papers, panel discussions, round-tables, workshops, policy writing collectives, oral texts such as storytelling and witnessing, explorations of music, visual arts, theatre, and other cultural texts and performances. Contributions are welcome from practitioners, ngo’s, professionals and the voluntary sector.