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The 2013 Cultural Bridges Conference in the UK
“State Multiculturalism: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Political, Economic, and,
Cultural Dimensions”
(London, March 20th - 22nd, 2013)
ICD - Academy for cultural diplomacy | The 2013 Cultural Bridges Conference in the UK
The process of globalization is consistently increasing the speed of the development of multicultural
societies, and multiculturalism itself is becoming the way of the contemporary world. Many countries such as
the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, the USA, Australia, and Canada are
constantly engaging with active multiculturalism policies which are continually being amended and
The pattern and process of multiculturalism is in fact transforming and increasing following economic, social,
and political changes in an interdependent and globalized world. It is therefore essential that governments do
not negate from the need to integrate their minority populations, while accepting and accommodating for
diversity through policies that ensure better and sustained cultural cohesion. Considering multiculturalism
within a European framework, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy believes that reforms in the fields of
migration, social affairs, and education are required to fully address the pressing issues of integration and
accommodation. However, it also acknowledges the various obstacles that hinder this course.
The 2013 Cultural Bridges in the UK Conference will therefore offer a wide diversity of perspectives on the
issue of intercultural relations internationally, with a particular focus on the UK. The conference will create
and provide a proposal document that will be presented to the international community on how to overcome
multicultural challenges. In addition, the proposal document will offer best practices to achieve a successful
and harmonic multicultural society. The conference will also examine in-depth varying examples and best
practices of Cultural Diplomacy that might be applied in a different context.
The conference will focus in particular on the following issues:
London is a leading global city with a diverse multicultural population, and is therefore the perfect location for
the 2013 Cultural Bridges Conference in the UK. As the fabric of global culture is changing due to increasing
movements of populations over borders, the objective of the “Cultural Bridges in the UK 2013 Conference” is
to invoke a full academic interdisciplinary discussion on multiculturalism and the function Cultural Diplomacy
plays in uniting multicultural societies. The discussion will include the potential for intercultural dialogue
through the use of Cultural Diplomacy practices, and how smart power strategies can be used effectively to
form constructive integration and accommodation policies to ascertain the framework for multicultural
communities worldwide.
Conference Speakers
Speakers during the Conference will include leading figures and experts from international politics,
economics, academia, diplomacy, civil society, and the private sector. The speakers will also include a
number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board.
Conference Participants
Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars,
economists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals,
and students, as well as other interested individuals from across the world.
To apply please visit: ICD - Academy for cultural diplomacy | The 2013 Cultural Bridges Conference in the UK
For more information please visit: http://www.culturaldiplomacy.de/index.php?en_applicationform_
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