Karlsruhe Dialogues 2008

My Europe - Your Europe: Insights from the 'Outside'




Karlsruhe Dialogues15th-17th February 2008

Conceptually complementing the 11th Karlsruhe Dialogues of 2007, the congress from 15-17 February 2008 once more pursues the question of how people with a different cultural background perceive Europe.

In the first, successful part in February 2007, we reflected on the European Union from the outside: only non-Europeans living outside of the EU were asked to give their insights about the role of Europe. They talked about their views and perceptions from different angles and backgrounds. For the second part in 2008, non-Europeans who have migrated to the EU will talk about their impressions and visions. The insights from within will be expressed by focusing on processes of change, responsibilities and duties inside of Europe. That way, the congresses in 2007 and 2008 display the contrast between the impressions from the outside and the inside. The 11th and 12th Karlsruhe Dialogues aspire to an intercultural dialogue that helps challenge our own personal and social myths and stereotypical eurocentrism in a way that complements the insights of Europeans themselves and invites debate.

Personalities from the fields of science, politics, and the arts will voice their opinions on concepts and practices of integration, attitudes towards cultural differences and plural societies, the development of and experience with parallel societies and legal pluralism.

Origin for our choice of theme was the German presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of the year 2007. The Karlsruhe Dialogues took place as a “lighthouse-project” within the cultural program for the German presidency of the Council. Under the patronage of the German UNESCO Commission, the 11th Karlsruhe Dialogues in 2007 as well as the 12th Karlsruhe Dialogues in 2008 both also receive support from the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures in Alexandria. Furthermore, the European Commission declared 2008 as the “European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.”

The ZAK is grateful for the financial support by the Sparda-Bank Baden-Württemberg eG and the city of Karlsruhe. You can attend many events of the Karlsruhe Dialogues without an entrance fee.
The Karlsruhe Dialogues are supported by the Sparda-Bank Baden-Württemberg eG and the city of Karlsruhe.
Conference languages: German, English, simultaneous interpreting.
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