panel discussion


United for social cohesion

5 NOVEMBER 2019 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

JAcqui Broadhead

Director, Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, University of Oxford.

Jacqui is the Director of the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, the knowledge exchange arm of the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford. She manages a wide portfolio of knowledge exchange and research projects including the Inclusive Cities programme, supporting UK cities and their local partners to achieve a step-change in their approach towards integration of newcomers in the city.
Prior to this, Jacqui managed the Refugee and Migrant Team at Islington Council, providing social services support to families and vulnerable adults with No Recourse to Public Funds, designing and managing the council’s contribution to the Syrian Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme and delivering training to social workers on behalf of the NRPF Network. In 2016, she received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to travel to cities in the United States and Italy to understand how cities can better integrate migrants. Jacqui is a Research Member of Kellogg College, Oxford’s largest and most international graduate college and sits on the Central University Ethics Committee. Jacqui acts as the UK coordinator for the European Website on Social Integration.

Malgorzata Moleda-Zdziech

Associate professor of sociology and political science. She has been working at Warsaw School of Economics for twenty years.

She studied social anthropology at the Sorbonne University (V University of Rene Descartes), sociology at University of Warsaw, management at HEC and SGH. Malgorzata is an author and co-author of numerous publications regarding lobbying, media and communications. She published a book on celebrities in the public life. (Czas celebrytów. Mediatyzacja życia publicznego/The Time of Celebrities. Mediatization of the Public Life, Difin, 2013).

Since June 2018 she has been representing abroad the Polish Academy of Sciences as a Director of the Polish Contact Agency in Brussels.

Yves Sintomer

Professor of political science and Board member at Paris 8 University (France).
Yves is also a researcher at the Centre for Sociological and Political Research in Paris, and associate member at Nuffield College (Oxford). He teaches as well at Neuchâtel and Lausanne Universities (Switzerland).
His main research topics include, amongst others, participatory and deliberative democracy, and contemporary transformation of political representation.

Practical information


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

On Wednesday, November 5th 2019 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.

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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, the Polish Institute in Brussels 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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