Multiculturalism was declared dead on 16 October 2010 by Dr Angela Merkel and her findingwas confirmedby her colleagues Nicholas Sarkozy and David Cameron in 2011.Finally, Viktor Orban corroborated their observation in March 2015. These announcements were widely accepted by right wing politicians, media but also disappointed migrant leaders, NGOs and scholars. The discourse of the death of multiculturalism spread in countries which never officially accepted and implemented multiculturalist policies on a national level (Germany and France) but also in countries which were declared as multiculturalist (UK, Netherlands, Canada, Australia). “The failure of multiculturalism” is a common place in academic debates today. The present reluctance of politicians, practitioners and academics to discuss multiculturalism as a cultural, social and political fact and as a policy designed to deal with increasing cultural plurality is in sharp contrast with the fact that diverse and fragmented contemporary societies demand management which must include new ways of conceiving cultural and identity politics.
The course, which is entering its twentieth year in 2016, will consequently deal with different understandings of multiculturalism and assessments of its potential to be used in the political management of cultural differences. It will critically re-examine 20th century multiculturalist theories and concepts as well as their relevance for divided societies today.This year, the programme will feature one of the world’s leading scholars on multiculturalism, Professor Tariq Modood. We encourage the participation of students and scholars in the social sciences, law and humanities and other fields and disciplines studying social phenomena such as divisions, cleavages, conflicts, borders, ethnicity and diversity.
This post/graduate course will be organized as a rigorous academic interdisciplinary programme structured around lectures, workshops and conference-oriented presentations of scholarly research. Course participants will engage in active discussions on the theoretical, methodological and practical issues of research in divided societies. Graduate and postgraduate students’ presentations are also welcome. In addition, the course offers personal inter-cultural experiences of students and faculty from other contexts in an unforgettable setting of a city that was itself the target of a destructive conflict.
The course offers ECTS credits for PhD and MA students (3-6 ECTS).