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Cultural Pluralism

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Can Cultural Institutions Help? Thinking Through the Role of Culture in Creating Successful Diverse Societies @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
Mar 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Seminar organised by Anna Triandafyllidou with special guest Peggy Levitt.  

While migration scholarship has sometimes seemed allergic to culture, migration is an inherently cultural act. For example, culture is transformed as it migrates in ways that can enable further migration. Debates about pluralism and multiculturalism take place against a cultural backdrop and in the context of cultural institutions that can sway the course of the conversation. In this talk, Peggy Levitt looks at two sites of cultural production – museums and global literary and artistic canons (or what artists, writers, or works achieve international recognition) — to explore how they contribute to and thwart greater pluralism and inclusivity. Peggy Levitt argues for the need to look not only at what gets included in the exhibit or the textbook but also at the biases inherent in the organization of the knowledge used to create them. Without asking these prior questions, and decolonizing knowledge, we may be blind to the way that culture (re)produces inequality along with economics and politics.

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New European Agenda for Culture @ Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia
May 24 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Organiser: Anna Triandafyllidou | European University Institute

12.30 – 13.30 Buffet Lunch
13.30 – 14.00 Welcome
14.00 – 15.30 The New European Agenda for Culture: A Critical View

Chair: Philip Schlesinger | University of Glasgow
Heidemarie Meissnitzer | Austrian Ministry of Culture, tbc
Francois Foret | Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Martin Kretschmer | Glasgow University
Tamás Szűcs | European Commission
Discussant: Monica Sassatelli | University of London

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 18.00 Culture as Soft Power and the EU: A Mobilizing Metaphor and Its Limits
Chair: Raj Isar | American University of Paris and European University
Silvio Gonzato | EEAS
Andrew Murray | EUNIC
J. P. Singh | University of Edinburgh
Discussant: Sana Ouchtati | Cultural Diplomacy Platform

18.00 – 18.30 Concluding Remarks
Anna Triandafyllidou | European University Institute

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