Venice-Delhi Seminars

Research and Publications on Democracy and Pluralism between Europe and India

This project’s general framework is cultural and religious pluralism, seen through the perspective analysis of social and political processes and exchanges between East and West. The Venice-Delhi Seminars are organized in cooperation with the India Habitat Centre, the Indian Magazine Seminar, the renowned Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi and, when held in Italy, with the partnership of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, University of Padua and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice.

In 2016, the Venice-Delhi Seminars have reached their 5th edition and were
held in Venice at Giorgio Cini Foundation and Ca’ Foscari University, Italy, on
the topic “Identity and Democracy in the Age of Fear” to discuss the risk of a
“not-inclusive” evolution of Western and Eastern democracies, with regards
to minorities, castes and lower social classes.

Since their first edition, held in New Delhi, India, in 2010, the Venice-Delhi
Seminars have discussed topics such as:

_ New Delhi 2010 / Cultural and Religious Pluralism.
The Muslim Minority in the Indian Democracy – An East-West
Comparison (India Habitat Center and Jamia Millia Islamia, India)

_ Venice 2012 / Cultural differences in times of economic turbulence.
Social tensions, cultural conflicts and policies of integration in Europe
and India (Giorgio Cini Foundation, Italy)

_ New Delhi 2013 / Religious Pluralism and Freedom of Expression
in India and Europe: Coexistence and Mutual Respect, Rights
to Protect, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Worship, Blasphemy,
Ethics of Responsibility (India Habitat Centre and Jamia Millia Islamia, India)

_ Venice-Padua 2014 / Minorities and the Global Populist Tide.
Democracy and plural societies challenged by ethno-religious
radicalisms (Giorgio Cini Foundation and University of Padua, Italy)

_ Venice 2016 / Identity and Democracy in the Age of Fear
(Giorgio Cini Foundation and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)

_ New Delhi 2017/2018 / Reset -Dialogues on Civilizations plans to
organize a Conference in New Delhi (Fall 2017 or early 2018) to strengthen
its work and research on the evolutions of democracy and pluralism
between East and West and promote new high-quality publications in
partnership with Indian and American Universities and Publishing houses.

Every year, the proceedings and minutes from the Venice-Delhi Seminars
are published by the Indian English-language journal Seminar. The volumes
can be accessed online at the following links:

_ Seminar n. 621, May 2011 “Cultural Pluralism.
A symposium on living with differences between religions and cultures”
_ Seminar n. 649, September 2013 “Living Together.
A symposium on economic crisis and threats to pluralism”
_ Seminar n. 667, March 2015 “Freedom and Faith.
A symposium on pluralism, blasphemy, tolerance”

Among the participants in the Venice-Delhi Seminars
Mani Shankar Aiyar, Stefano Allievi, Giuliano Amato, Benjamin Barber
Rajeev Bhargava, Akeel Bilgrami, Mauro Calise, Marina Calloni
Shoma Chaudhury, Sandeep Dikshit, Rachel Dwyer, Silvio Ferrari
Giovanni Luigi Fontana, Peter Ronald De Souza, Mariella Gramaglia
Renzo Guolo, Dipankar Gupta, Ruchira Gupta, Najeeb Jung, Jytte Klausen
Will Kymlicka, Jörg Lau, Raj Liberhan, Avishai Margalit, Giovanna Melandri
Vincenzo Milanesi, Adnane Mokrani, Ashis Nandy, Binalakshmi Nepram
Vincenzo Pace, Pankaj Pachauri, Fabrizio Petri, Mujibur Rehman
Rowena Robinson, Silvia Ronchey, Olivier Roy, Suresh Sharma
Roberto Toscano, Ananya Vajpeyi, Antonio Varsori, Shiv Visvanathan
Michel Wieviorka, Giuseppe Zaccaria and many others