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Cultural Diversity: Advantage or Liability?

Academy of Global Governance

6-8 May 2013


What Participants Say… 

“It has been an amazing experience, giving me the opportunity to face the cultural diversity issue from a very multidisciplinary point of view.”

Carlotta Redi (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna)


“It was a great experience and immersion into the diverse culture at the Academy of Global Governance.”

Inna Nikolaeva (Department of State, U.S. Embassy to Belarus)


“Very good opportunity for networking and for a deep reflection on the subject.”

Nico Frandi (European External Action Service)


Scientific Coordinators Anna Triandafyllidou and Iryna Ulasiuk | EUI

In an increasingly globalised world faced with an international financial crisis, cultural diversity risks to be seen as an additional ‘burden’ that societies have to ‘carry’ and it is sometimes even questioned why cultural diversity should be accommodated or respected at all. The purpose of this executive training was to mainstream the topic of cultural diversity across a variety of disciplines (law, sociology, political science) and engage into a dialogue on whether cultural diversity is a ‘disadvantage’ that societies have to bear or whether it actually offers a competitive edge in different areas of socio-economic activity.





Gemma Aubarell | Anna Lindh Foundation: Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue as an Asset.

Myrtha Casanova | European Institute for Managing Diversity: Cultural Diversity to Stimulate Growth: Institutional Perspectives and Programmes.

Irene Guidikova ‎| Council of Europe: Urban Policies for Diversity: Making the Diversity Advantage Work.

Frans Jennekens ‎| NTR: Cultural Diversity and the Media.

Jacquelyn Maclennan and Jo Weiss | White & Case: The Business Case for Diversity: Cultural Diversity and Human Resources Policy in Multinationals.

Mechthilde Maier | Deutsche Telekom: The Business Case for Diversity: Cultural Diversity and Human Resources Policy in Multinationals.

Ulrike H. Meinhof | University of Southampton: Cultural Diversity as an Advantage: Using the Arts for Socio-Economic Development.

Tariq Modood | University of Bristol: Cultural Diversity: What Is It and How Can It Be Accommodated? Empirical Analysis and Theoretical Perspectives.

Francesco Palermo | University of Verona: Cultural Diversity: What Should Be Protected, Why and How?Legal and Normative Perspectives.     

Stuart Soroka | McGill University: Cultural Diversity and Social Solidarity.


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