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Intercultural Dialogue and Multi-level Governance in Europe

A Human Rights Based Approach


Edited By Léonce Bekemans

This book offers an interdisciplinary and in-depth analysis of the relationship between intercultural dialogue and multi-level governance, seen from a human rights-based perspective. It brings together papers that were originally presented at international workshops organised by the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence of the University of Padua in 2010-2011 with some additional contributions. The authors deal with a broad and diversified framework of concepts, policy approaches and linkages between multi-level governance and intercultural dialogue, particularly in the fields of education and civil society participation. The volume follows a multi-disciplinary approach and presents these readings and reflections for an audience of scholars, as well as individuals and organisations interested in issues around human rights, governance, education and civil society. Its innovative approach addresses the complex issues of today’s societies, which are in need of sustainable, coherent and responsible answers at both the conceptual and the policy level.
In short, the book proposes a reading of interconnecting trajectories from governance building, education and civil society to intercultural dialogue in Europe. It is grounded in a human rights perspective and responds to the need for a policy-oriented but value-driven European future.


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GEMMA AUBARELL is Head of Programme Coordination Unit of the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures from 2009, responsible for coordinating and planning the different projects of the Foundation and managing strategic and major happenings in the Euro-Med area. She was previously the Programme Director of the European Institute of the Mediterranean IEMed in Barcelona and the Head of Projects and Studies Department of the Catalan Institute of the Mediterranean ICM. ENRIQUE BANÚS is Jean Monnet Professor ad personam; Director of the Charlemagne Institute for European Studies at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC) in Barcelona; Dean of the Faculty of Humanities; Director of the Master’s Programme in Cultural Management and current President of the ESCA-world (European Communities Study Association). He studied in Germany, holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Aachen; he taught at the University of Aachen, Bonn and Paderborn and was professor at the University of Navarra till 2008. LAURENS BEKEMANS is partner of, a young and versatile architectural office based in Belgium, Brussels. After finishing his Master of Architecture in Brussels, he worked in architectural offices in Barcelona, Zürich and now works in Brussels with Synergy International. Currently he is also collaborating with “Intrastructures,” a Brussels-based pragmatic utopian design studio, “MyCitylab,” etc. He is mainly engaged in architectural projects in developing countries (Burundi, Mauretania and Ethiopia). LÉONCE BEKEMANS, MA in Economics and BA in Philosophy (Univ. Leuven), MA in International Studies (Bologna & Washington) and PhD in International...

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