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Cultural Pluralism, The Challenge of our Time

“Cultural pluralism” is a recent concept in Europe to the extent that many do not know what it means.

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The United Nations

The Organization of the United Nations is the largest international organisation and in fact includes almost all the states existing on the planet. There are currently 192 member states. The seat of the UN is in New York and the current Secretary General is the South Korean Ban Ki-Moon..

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Fundamentalism means the literal and dogmatic interpretation of holy texts (but these may also be secular texts), the prescriptive indications of which are considered the foundations of all action.

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The Diaspora

Literally a diaspora is the “dispersion of a people leaving their homeland and migrating in various directions”.

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Generally speaking, “Christianity” means the ensemble of churches, communities, sects, groups, but also the ideas and concepts following the preaching of he who is generally considered the founder of this religion, Jesus of Nazareth, a travelling preacher from Galilee, born between 4 B.

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A month of ideas.
Giancarlo Bosetti Editor-in-chief
Association for dialogue and intercultural understanding


Towards an Inclusive Citizenship - International Conferences in Milan 2014

Resetdoc is pleased to announce the new edition of our dialogues about cultural pluralism in Milan, Italy, which started in 2013. This series of international conference is a project directed by Giancarlo Bosetti and promoted by Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, in cooperation with Università Università degli Studi di Milano, Politecnico, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Radio Popolare and with the Patronage of the City Milano and of the Fondazione Cariplo.

Constitutions and Cultural Pluralism:
How Can Legal Frameworks Foster Tolerance and Peace in Multireligious Societies? Cases from the Middle East

In the Middle East today, conflicts along religious and ethnic dimensions create situations in which minorities are in great danger. It is important to look at how constitutions and their supporting institutions can protect religious pluralism and toleration in mixed or divided societies. What are the constitutional arrangements that are the most successful in ensuring minority rights? How can constitutions deal with the tensions between individual and communal rights? What can we harness from local social, political and cultural traditions in various Middle East and North African cultures to aid the development of constitutions that promote pluralism?

Download the poster of the conference (PDF)

Milan - Four conferences on the challenge of cultural pluralism

This autumn, Resetdoc’s debates on cultural pluralism, minorities, differences and democracy, with top thinkers and international scholars, will take place once again in Milan, every two weeks starting on the 31st October.

This cycle of the “Plural World” project will be introduced with a lectio magistralis held by the French sociologist Alain Touraine and we will discuss: Living Together with Differences. What does Toleration Mean? (with Susan Mendus, University of York), Violence in Words and Images. Is Blasphemy a Critique of Religions? (with Nilüfer Göle, EHESS Paris), Visibility of Places of Worship. Religious Practices and Urban Space (with Simona Malvezzi and Wilfried Kuehn, architects), Foreigners in the Classroom. Cultural Pluralism at School (with Davide Zoletto, University of Udine).

Click here for more information and a detailed program (Italian)

Shortfilm Alia wins the Reset-DoC Award 2013 for Intercultural Dialogue

Capalbio Cinema 2013

From colonial prejudice, to post-colonial resentment, towards a new season of dialogue?

- Re-reading Edward Said’s Orientalism today
- Overcoming postcolonial resentment, from dispute among cultures towards a new season of dialogue?
- Postcolonial studies and their influence on contemporary vision of international relations


Michael Walzer: Three Lectures in Italy

Michael Walzer from the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, will be in Rome and Milan, Italy, on the 6th, 7th and 8th of May for three conferences.

Rome, film director Rithy Panh wins the ResetDOC “Dialogues between Cultures”

The international association Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations has chosen the winner of the “Reset-DOC Dialogues between Cultures” Award 2014 at the Rendez-Vous Festival, an event held in Italy (2 april – 10 May) dedicated to the new French cinema. This year’s winner is Rithy Panh, the Cambodian director, script writer and producer who emigrated to France, and who for decades has been committed with his many films and documentaries to reporting and denouncing the atrocities committed by Pol Pot’s regime. Resetdoc will present the award for his film "L'image manquante" on April 6th 2014 at the Casa del Cinema in Rome.

Iran’s New Foreign Policy Toward Europe. Challenges and Opportunities

Rome - Tuesday, February 18th, 5.30 p.m.

New Delhi, 10-12 October:
Religious pluralism and freedom of expression in India, Europe and other countries

10-11-12 October 2013 - CONFERENCE PROGRAM (pdf)

Summer School - From the Polis to the City: Perspectives on Global Justice

A Summer Conference and School on Borders, Sovereignty, Rights

The Sources of Political Legitimacy. From the Erosion of the Nation-State to the Rise of Political Islam


- What is a good and just society?
- Can religion be a source of political legitimacy?
- How a democratic legitimacy can be assured at the heart of the
European integration process.
- Turkey, the new soft power in the Muslim world?

United States, Europe and the case of Syria

Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations in cooperation with The United States Diplomatic Mission to Italy, Centro Studi Americani and Alitalia

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