1st Intercultural Forum

Delphi Council Meeting Room, 31 October 2015, Delphi, Greece

The Delphi Intercultural Forum is an initiative of the Intercultural Unit at the University
of Patras (Laboratory of Sociology and Education, Department of Educational Science
and Early Childhood Education) and it is placed under the auspices of Council of
Europe (Intercultural Cities Program) and both the UNESCO Chair on Cultural
Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue for a Culture of Peace (University of Nicosia) &
the UNESCO chair in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (University of
Cyprus), as well as other research bodies. It takes place during the 2015 European Week
of Local Democracy titled “Living together in multicultural societies: respect, dialogue,
interaction”. This theme echoes an inclusive approach towards diversity in modern
pluralistic societies and active citizenry.

Invited academics, researchers, practitioners and political stakeholders will discuss
common policies and practices in managing and rethinking diversity in a productive
way. The Delphic method will be applied to enhance reflection on:

-Narratives of inclusiveness and xenophobia, transformative practices, civic

pluralism and citizenry;

-Migration policies in a globalizing context;

-A framework of Intercultural dialogue (on migration and integration issues);

-A new research agenda for multicultural community building and intercultural
learning. A modern intercultural paradigm projects new narratives of reflection,
inclusiveness and learning. From political correctness and the argument of
rights we are moving towards an agenda of intercultural learning capabilities
necessary for global citizens. New intercultural knowledge, sensibilities, skills
and competences are required for making diversity a productive resource fornations.


Coordinator: Eugenia Arvanitis, Assistant Professor (earvanitis@upatras.gr),
Intercultural Unit, (Laboratory of Sociology and Education, Department of
Educational Science and Early Childhood Education, University of Patras)