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Nationalism

The 20th Century was par excellence the century of nationalisms. It is sufficient to remember that the causes of the two world wars were directly linked to the consequences of nationalist doctrine exalting all that belongs to one’s own nation..

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Cosmopolitism

It is the philosophical and political concept that extends the ideas of citizenship and homeland to the whole world and to all humankind, opposing the particularity of nations and national states.

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Tolerance

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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Democracy

In the Greek polis the meaning of the term “democracy” implied the government of a vast majority of the people, the “plebs”, as opposed to the aristocracy.

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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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Reset
A month of ideas.
Giancarlo Bosetti Editor-in-chief
Association for dialogue and intercultural understanding
Resetdoc Videos
IT Monday, 7 November 2011

Istanbul Seminars

A film by Nikolai Eberth

The Istanbul Seminars are an annual highly academic early summer seminar organized in Istanbul (with Bilgi University, which also hosts the event) by ResetDoC where cultural and scientific thinkers in social sciences, philosophy, political theory, sociology, legal studies and religion discuss our common future. The seminars tackled the following topics. Postsecularism (2008), Religion, Human Rights and Multicultural Jurisdictions (2009), Realigning liberalism: pluralism, integration, identities (2010), Overcoming the trap of resentment (2011), The promise of democracy in troubled times (2012), The Sources of Political Legitimacy. From the Erosion of the Nation-State to the Rise of Political Islam (2013), The Sources of Pluralism - Metaphysics, Epistemology, Law and Politics (2014).


What are the Istanbul Seminars?

"Close encounters across all divides
": Every spring independent minds from different civilizational backgrounds discuss and debate the prospects for democracy, human rights and religion across all divides in a week-long meeting. Something in between a summer school and a think tank, the Istanbul Seminars have established themselves as a remarkable cultural appointment for a recognizable community of scholars and students. Through this film, ResetDoc wants to share some of the Seminars' most exciting moments from the past editions with its readers.

ResetDoc Seminars are willing to promote and consolidate a network of cultural, intellectual and academic relationships among senior and junior scholars and PHD candidates in the social sciences, political theory, sociology, legal and religious studies.
Our goal is to activate mutual understanding and interaction between democratic intellectuals and opinion makers belonging to different geo-political and cultural areas of the "East" and the "West": ResetDoc promotes dialogue and respect instead of conflict and contempt.

In the past few years, the Seminars have discussed  topics such as 1.Postsecularism (2008), 2.Religion, Human rights and Multicultural Jurisdictions (2009), 3. Realigning Liberalism: Pluralism, Integration, Identities (2010) and 4.Overcoming the Trap of resentment (2011).

The fifth edition of the Istanbul Seminars titled "The Promises of Democracy in Troubled Times" is scheduled May 19-24 at Istanbul Bilgi University.

The proceedings of Istanbul Seminars are published by the journal Philosophy& Social Criticism, Sage publications.

Check out the Istanbul Seminars 2012 page

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