The overall aim of Multilevel governance of cultural diversity in a comparative perspective: EU-Latin America project (acronym: GOVDIV) is to create a transnational interdisciplinary research and 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. The governance of cultural diversity is a key issue for contemporary Europe. Accommodating increased cultural diversity by balancing the recognition of differences with the promotion of equal participation in the common public sphere is a task that will, for the foreseeable future, be with us to stay.

The comparative approach EU-Latin America -combining policies' analysis with a strong focus on the agency of the social actors (migrants and minorities) in the processes of redefining their identity in respect to private life and elaborating strategies of participation in the public sphere - is genuinely heuristic to enable a better understanding of the complex dynamics in plural and multi-ethnic societies, possibly new paths for policies and governance at national and at EU-level.

The proposal will represent a stronger institutionalisation of the existing collaborations among the partner institutions and a transfer of knowledge on the issue of cultural diversity, through methodological workshops, which will clarify definitions and conceptualizations, through the implementation of comparative researches, the implementation of joint courses (Master programs, doctoral studies) and the launching of a scientific journal in English.

The comparative researches implemented will focus on the relations between, on one side, the institutional framework and the governments' policies, and, on the other, the empirical dynamics of the cultural construction, social formation and political mobilization of collective identities, deployed by migrants, ethno-national minorities, religious minorities, indigenous peoples, thus a holistic and extended understanding of diversity. The proposal's research outcomes will enable a better understanding of the complex dynamics in plural and multi-ethnic societies and may possibly suggest new paths for policies and governance at national and at EU-level.

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Presentación GovDiv

Beatriz Padilla, responsable del proyecto, hace una presentación general de los objetivos y temáticas del GovDiv.

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