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While empathy breaks down the barriers of borders, ethnocentrism – the supposed superiority of one’s own cultural world – is addressed at strengthening them, and if possible, at raising new ones.

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Ethnic Violence

Many of the conflicts or mass violence of recent decades have been characterised by the adjective “ethnic”. This means that the leading players were groups opposing one another on the basis of identitarian, religious, linguistic or more generally cultural assertions..

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Citizenship means the shared political belonging of those living in the same state and all this belonging involves in terms of rights and duties.

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The Mediterranean

Mediterranean: literally the sea in the middle of lands, a bordering sea, and linking these lands. This characteristic makes the Mediterranean a sea that does belong to all the countries overlooking it, but to none in particular, a shared sea, not available for becoming private property..

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The concept of culture has changed in the course of time.

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A month of ideas.
Giancarlo Bosetti Editor-in-chief
Association for dialogue and intercultural understanding
Resetdoc Videos
IT Friday, 23 December 2011

Kurds Enacting the European Integration Process

Fuat Keyman, Istanbul Policy Center

The EU-Turkey integration process and the EU institutions have opened up spaces to empower people, particularly Kurds, to fight for their rights and freedom within their own country. So behind the state-state relationship we see the importance of the EU integration process for third party countries. But how does this process affect the Kurdish, or “multicultural” issue in Turkey? And how will it be possible to recover the relationship between Turkey and the EU? Resetdoc has asked Fuat Keyman, a leading Turkish political scientist and Director of Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University.  

Filmmaker: Nikolai Eberth
Interview and editing: Nina zu Fürstenberg

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