panel discussion

FOR A NEW EUROPEAN SOCIAL CONTRACT

IDENTITIES AND COMMUNITIES

5 DECEMBER 2018 at 6pm

at the House of European History

 

“Unity in diversity” may be the EU’s motto but its translation into reality is not easy. In the last two decades, the concept of multiculturalism has come under attack in political and academic discourse for destabilizing national identity. Also, the attempt to build a “European Community” is perceived by many as a threat to the “national community” or to the nation-state.

Identity is becoming more complicated and multifaceted and nowadays, with greater mobility and the internet, communities are transcending national borders. This was also enhanced by decades of flux of migration in Europe. A number of questions arise over emerging forms of identities and communities which we aim to address in this panel:

Why is multiculturalism often no longer perceived as enriching our societies? Is there a distinct role for both the State and civil society? Can communities around Europe start a real dialogue with each other and understand each other’s views as a solution to living in a diverse society? What are the mechanisms to achieve that?

Also, the EU has created a community based on laws and values. Is it realistic or desirable to go beyond this legal sphere and strengthen cultural bonds between countries?


the speakers

MOHAMMED ALI AMLa

Mohammed Ali Amla is a freelance project manager, trainer, consultant and the founder of the Christian Muslim Encounters

DR. MANÇO ALTAY

Dr. Manço Altay is a social psychology doctor and scientific director of the Institute for Research, Training and Action for Migrations.


the moderator

VICTORIA MARTÍN DE LA TORRE

Victoria Martín de la Torre is a Spanish author and journalist working as a press officer for the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament since 2008. Previously, she worked as a reporter at the weekly magazine Tiempo, covering EU-Arab World relations. Founder and chair of the Abraham Forum for Inter-Religious and Intercultural Dialogue in Madrid, she is also a member of Religions for Peace Europe and a fellow of the UN Alliance of Civilisations.



Practical information

Where?

At the House of European History, rue Belliard 135, 1000 Brussels

On Wednesday, December 5th 2018 at 6pm

Discussions in original languages, with English interpretation.

Free entrance

Entrance upon registration only. Thank you for confirming your attendance by clicking on the link below.

Contact: culture(at)alliancefr.be



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"For a new European social contract" is an initiative led by EUNIC Brussels of which are part the Alliance Française Bruxelles-Europe, the Balassi Institute Brussels, the Yunus Emre Enstitüsü Brüksel, the British Council in Belgium, the Instituto Cervantes Bruselas, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Bruxelles and the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux. In partnership with the House of European History and the Alumni Association of the College of Europe.

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