Venice-Delhi Seminars

Research and Publications on Democracy and Pluralism between Europe and India

This project’s general framework was cultural and religious pluralism, seen through the perspective analysis of social and political processes and exchanges between East and West. The Venice-Delhi Seminars were 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.

Throughout the years, speakers included:
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.



Every year, the proceedings and minutes from the Venice-Delhi Seminars are published by the Indian English-language journal Seminar:



New Delhi 2010 / Cultural and Religious Pluralism

Venice 2012 / Cultural differences in times of economic turbulence

New Delhi 2013 / Religious Pluralism and Freedom of Expression

Venice-Padua 2014 / Minorities and the Global Populist Tide

Venice 2016 / Identity and Democracy in the Age of Fear