The 19th annual Divided Societies course for PhD students and other postgrads takes place in the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik from 24-30 April 2016 and charges a very modest fee of 40 euro. There are regular and reasonably priced direct flights from Dublin to Dubrovnik (if you book reasonably early) and there is plenty of hostel accommodation in the city for those on a limited budget. The theme this year is ‘Is Multiculturalism dead’ and key speakers include Professors Tariq Modood and Siniša Malešević. Full details below.
During the Cold War the Inter-University Centre was a meeting place for scientists and scholars from east and west and its first director was the pioneering scholar of peace and conflict studies, Johan Galtung. After the violent break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s a group of academics came together to establish a course on divided societies at the IUC.
The IUC is just a few minutes walk from the spectacularly beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik and the atmosphere at the course is very welcoming. Game of Thrones fans will notice that the IUC is very close to a number of familiar ‘King’s Landing’ filming locations.
If you are interested in attending please contact the IUC (details below) but do also email me at niall.odochartaigh[at]nuigalway.ie and let me know. I am a co-director of the course and can send you updates closer to the time and answer any queries you may have.
Post/graduate Course “Divided Societies XIX: Is Multiculturalism Dead?” 24 – 30 April 2016, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Multiculturalism was declared dead on 16 October 2010 by Dr Angela Merkel and her finding was confirmed by her colleagues Nicholas Sarkozy and David Cameron in 2011. Viktor Orban corroborated their observation in March 2015. These announcements were widely accepted by right wing politicians and media but also by disappointed migrant leaders, NGOs and scholars. The discourse of the death of multiculturalism spread in countries which had never officially accepted and implemented multiculturalist policies on a national level (Germany and France) but also in countries which were regarded as multiculturalist (UK, Netherlands, Canada, Australia).
“The failure of multiculturalism” is a commonplace 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 will deal with different understandings of multiculturalism and assessments of its potential 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 is 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 a personal intercultural experience of students and faculty from other contexts in the 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)
Tariq Modood, University of Bristol, UK
Siniša Malešević, University of Dublin, Ireland
Saša Božić, University of Zadar, Croatia
Simona Kuti, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb, Croatia
Niall Ó Dochartaigh, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Michal Vašečka, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Daphne Winland, York University, Toronto, Canada
Mitja Žagar, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Emilio Cocco, University of Teramo, Italy
Course fee: 40 €
For more information visit http://www.iuc.hr/course-details.php?id=914
Participants in IUC programmes may obtain reduced rates in some Dubrovnik hotels: http://www.iuc.hr/accomodation.php