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GOVDIV Report Summary

Project ID: 612617
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE
Country: Portugal

Periodic Report Summary 1 - GOVDIV (Multilevel governance of cultural diversity in a comparative perspective: EU-Latin America)

Multilevel governance of cultural diversity in a comparative perspective: EU – Latin America (GOVDIV)
The governance of cultural diversity is a key issue for contemporary society. Accommodating cultural diversity while recognizing differences and promoting equal participation in the public sphere is a current and relevant task for policy-makers, academics and analysts. Moreover, the governance of cultural diversity is at the core of global policies for human rights and development. It is a crucial issue for Europe, Latin America and one way to developing a common area of research in the wake of globalization.
Thus, developing a comparative approach on how EU-Latin America societies approach the governance of cultural diversity at the national and local level, in plural and multi-ethnic societies is an important mission of the GOVDIV academic network. Hence GOVDIV’s challenge is to suggest new paths for policies and governance at local, national and at EU-level. In this sense, GOVDIV represents an opportunity to discuss and share experiences of cultural diversity while finding common grounds to understand these issues by comparing experiences, identifying policies and learning from each other, in order to make policy recommendations for the future.
The overall aim of this project is to create a transnational interdisciplinary research and a training network between European and Latin American Universities and Research Centres in order to promote transfer of knowledge and to produce innovative research in the field of the multilevel governance of cultural diversity in a comparative perspective.
Main objectives
a) to consolidate the institutional dimension of teaching & research programs that focus on aspects of management of cultural diversity, minorities & migrants’ agency, and to improve training programs;
b) to implement innovative comparative research projects and produce publications, including a new multilingual journal;
c) to produce new theoretical & comparative frameworks and conceptual tools in the field of governance of cultural diversity at different levels.
How to achieve them
GOVDIV uses several strategies to achieve its aims and objectives:
a) Secondments & mobility of senior and junior researchers
b) Methodological Workshops
c) Summer Schools
d) Final Conference
f) Publications (creation of a scientific journal, special issues, books, etc.)
e) Organizations of scientific events and activities with visiting scholars
Results & Achievements so far
GOVDIV has already carried out several events:
- Launching conference at ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal, with a public debate on diversity issues;
- Two Summer Schools in Florence, Italy, examining institutional policies at the national and local level and gender aspects of migrations,
- Methodological workshop in Florianopolis, Brazil, focusing mainly on gender issues related to diversity and migration research.
In addition, many seminars, workshops, symposiums, colloquiums and training courses have been organized to present and discuss the work of visiting research fellows. GOVDIV has a webpage coordinated by the Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico, with information about the project, current events, conferences and related news
GOVDIV has also edited two special issues in scientific journals (Configurações & Forum Sociologico), a forthcoming book, and GOVDIV members have published widely on issues of both diversity management and migration in Europe and Latin America. GOVDIV is also ready to launch the journal “COMPARATIVE CULTURAL STUDIES: EUROPEAN AND LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES”, edited by the University of Florence.
Partners Institutions
- University of Minho (CICS), Portugal
Beatriz Padilla
European Union
- Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (CIES-IUL), Portugal
Beatriz Padilla
- University of Seville, Spain
Emma Martin
- University of Florence, Italy
Giovanna Campani
- University Sorbonne Nouvelle, PARIS 3 (IHEAL), France
Polymnia Zagefka
Latin America
- Santa Catarina State University (UDESC), Brazil
Glaucia O. Assis
- Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), Oaxaca, México
Alicia Barabas
- CONICET-IMHICIHU (Multidisciplinary Institute of History and Humanities) Argentina
Susana Sassone
- Autonomous University of Coahuila, Mexico
Francesco Gervasi

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