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 Shaping cultural globalization

Cultural globalisation is a process that engenders the multiplication, acceleration and intensification of interactions between societies and cultures. Withdrawal, resignation or defensive measures are not appropriate responses to this new challenge. Not power, force, international regulation nor bureaucratic measures will provide adequate solutions. We must not only deal with globalisation's consequences at the national level but devise means to manage these global processes. Societies must define the conditions in which they will interact in order to make their differences a source of enrichment rather than conflict. By creating new spaces in which to discuss extra-national challenges, we would be able to continuously redefine these conditions, based on the principle that in cultural matters, openness is an integral part of reciprocity. No deus ex machine will govern cultural globalisation. Globalisation does not come out from fate but rather the outcome of human decisions; it should therefore be managed through political processes that bring together the various stakeholders in order to devise a framework for carrying their responsibilities. What should be the rules of the game in this new struggle for power? What can be the role of geo-cultural spaces?

Theme editor : Jean TARDIF   

» Introductory Note by Jean Tardif

First topic : Europe as a Mediator in the Dialogue of Civilizations

Why are we talking again about the dialogue of Civilizations or, as I prefer to say, about intercultural dialogues? Intercultural dialogues may be a tool but not an aim by themselves. Why should we care about that if we don’t consider culture as a politically important matter? It maybe interesting to note that culture seems to matter when cultural differences become political issues. This is now the case. But we should be very careful not to confound culture and religion. Intercultural dialogues should not be assimilated or limited to dialogue between the Western World and the Islamic World: with globalization, every society is involved.

Read Jean TARDIF's paper, presented at the Alpbach Political Symposium (2007)

Other topics to be discussed : Global governance and democracy
The function of geocultural spaces
New political processes and organisations to deal with global challenges
Measures through which to better understand the stakes: University chairs and institutes networks on globalisation and cultures
Measures to insure reciprocity: a compensation Fund

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