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The process resulting in the definition of one’s own identity – hence an “us” – in an oppositional manner by, explicitly or implicitly comparing ourselves with “others”, is considered a universal movement in every society.

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Though its semantic origins are pre-modern, revolution has been a fundamental category of the interpretation of modern times.

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The concept of modernity can be analysed from various points of view. A sociological perspective sees modernity as the historical era arising from feudal society’s profound transformation processes and that, starting with the Protestant Reformation, sees the emergence of the new bourgeoisie..

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After the Nineties of the 20th Century tolerance returned to the centre stage in political thought, returning to fashion a concept that has certainly been central within the framework of political thought in modern times, but that appeared to have become a closed book with the French Revolution that...

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Civil Society

From the mid-1980s to the present, civil society has been a key category of democratic politics, increasingly in a genuinely international setting.

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A month of ideas.
Giancarlo Bosetti Editor-in-chief
Association for dialogue and intercultural understanding
Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Who We Are

Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations is an international association founded in 2004 committed to research and publications on cross-cultural and international relations, cultural and religious pluralism, advancements of human rights, evolution of democracy in different civilizational environments.


These goals have been pursued and will be achieved by:

Generating Scientific Insights on Cultural Pluralism;
Analyzing The Root Causes of Cultural, Religious and Ethnic Conflicts;
Connecting Different Cultural Viewpoints in Scholarly Research;
Promoting Culture of Pluralism, Toleration, Human Rights.

Founded after 9/11– in the mid of the global debate over the ‘clash of civilizations’ – by a group of scholars with different cultural and religious backgrounds, Reset DOC promoted knowledge and understanding among different cultures through research, seminars and publications, in social sciences and humanities.

Following these ideas, in March 2006, Reset DOC opened its first year of activities with an international conference: “Beyond Orientalism and Occidentalism” held in Cairo; and in 2008 and 2009, in Doha, invited intellectuals and politicians to discuss about “Global Media between Dialogue and Clash” (2008), and “East and West: Women’s perception through Media’s eyes” (2009). (See below a summary of our past activities)

Reset DOC also publishes an online journal, resetdoc.org, specialized in issues related to cross-cultural relations and dialogue. On this online magazine the association publishes essays, analysis, conference proceedings, video interviews, with top international thinkers. Some of resetdoc.org’s contents are translated into Italian and published on the website reset.it
A renewed and implemented version of this Italian website will go online in the next months.

Research Guidelines 

The following Guidelines summarize the main research topics Reset DOC will work on throughout the coming years. Following these guidelines, the association will organize seminars, commission research and analysis to external contributors. Events, seminars and public conferences organized by the association are conceived as research projects on specific topics involving renowned scholars and experts from around the world and are aimed at producing high-quality publications.

Political Thinking and Cultural Differences 

_ Religion and Politics, comparative secularism, religious pluralism
_ Human rights in different civilizational contexts
_ Gender equality, between traditions, religions and modernity

Democracy, Globalization, Populist Upsurge

_ The effects of growing inequalities and declining sovereignty of nation-states on democracy and minority rights
_ The evolution of democratic systems: comeback of authoritarian trends, leader-voter direct relationship, populism, plebiscitary leadership (Russia, India, Turkey)
_ Freedom of expression, association, religion and rights to privacy
_ Public policies for citizenship, the European challenge of integration

Cultural Pluralism Today and its Roots in History and Philosophy 

_ Pluralism from within different traditions of East and West
_ Pluralism in the Christian theology from Augustine to Vatican Council II
_ Sources of pluralism in Arab Philosophy and in Oriental history and cultures
_ Interreligious dialogue and its contribution to tolerance

Religions Between Exclusivism and Dialogues 
_ Proselytism, conversions, apostasy, blasphemy, religious radicalism
_ Freedom of speech and respect for religion
_ Persecution of religious minorities



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