Resentment and reciprocal fear seem to be increasing in Europe in response to the economic and demographic crisis, and to minorities – often identified with the Muslim “other” – demanding more public visibility. Nevertheless, if we want true integration for minorities, we need to acknowledge this often extreme conflict as a phase, but a necessary phase, of an integration process, says Italian Sociologist Stefano Allievi, interviewed during the 2011 edition of ResetDoC’s Istanbul Seminars. In conflict you deal with other actors, which are actors who change their minds through conflict. Conflict is socially dynamic, not static, and we must deal with it step by step.
- The topic of Istanbul Seminars 2011 is Overcoming the Trap of Resentment. How to counter the politics of fear in an age of migrations and uncertainty? Islam and the West: the challenge of pluralism as a new political attitude to be opposed to the polarization of cultures and identities. The research of antidotes to radicalism and xenophobia. A special focus of this year will be on the role of Islam in the public sphere of democratic countries and Muslim minorities in Europe, particularly the Turkish minority in Germany. The discussion will also touch upon the changes in progress in several Arab countries and their implications for Europe and all the Mediterranean area. More information by clicking on this link.