Dialogue & Debate
Our mission aims to increase appreciation of humanity’s complex mix of ethnicities and faiths. Where these clash, we seek to find ways to reconcile them for the common good.
This always begins with a quest for better answers - and typically ends in a search for better questions.
One particular question has persisted since the dawn of civilization: what’s the best way of building, then sustaining, a just and peaceful society in which all can realize their full potential?
This, in turn, begs further questions: who needs to do what, when and how to bring this about?
Similar questions return time and again:
At what point does respect for a particular belief system or ancestral tradition become too much respect – or too little? Who decides? On what grounds?
Are there particular “no-go areas” in intercultural dialogue in a democratic cosmopolitan society? If so, what are they and how can we best navigate them?
How genuinely fair can equitable cultural partnerships be when one party holds power over the other?
What makes me a good citizen in today’s world?
How important is it for us to engage with a perceived “enemy in our midst” and to what extent do the arts and heritage help us do this constructively?
What place, if any, is there for “positive action” strategies aimed at helping achieve greater fairness?
Our many public conferences, debates and seminars since 1989** have sought to encourage meaningful and constructive inter-penetration between divergent views, drawing in particular upon the world’s cultural heritage to enhance the quality and reach of public discourse.
- 1993 Women in Ethiopian Culture: Symposium, London
- 1991 College for a New Europe: Lecture series, Jagellonian University, Krakow
- 1991 UNESCO: Conference on Cultural Dialogue, Paper presented, St Petersburg
- 1990 Pan-European Arts Networking: Seminar, Glasgow
- 1989 International Cultural Relations: Conference, St Hugh’s College, Oxford Click here to download the brochure