The very idea of European integration is inspired by the potentials of ‘unit in diversity’. Life and work spaces are increasingly transnational and intercultural. Non-discrimination is a central element of EU law and politics as an underlying precondition for its inherent dynamics. In a knowledge-based society it is a significant value and a source of competitive advantage.
The aim of the research seminar is to create a better understanding of the social and economic potentials of diversity and of its application in a legal, economic and social perspective and thereby create sensitivity for the topic and its potentials. We will debate crucial elements of the concept and analyze the state of anti-discrimination law and politics and its economic impact in the EU-member states and discuss the transferability of the European approach to third countries.
In the seminar, we would like to discuss ‘Diversity in Europe’ in an adequately broad and interdisciplinary way. Such a focus on diversity and anti-discrimination addresses key concepts, values and logics of European integration and thus creates an understanding of European citizenship.