Multiple manifestations of cultural and religious diversity, partly induced by international migration, structure modern societies. In times of economic uncertainty and ethical disagreement, when specific groups feel threatened or discriminated against, identity conflicts thus frequently arise and undermine long-term conviviality. Too often, these challenges are met with reductive solutions based on the fear of the other, which foster social fragmentation rather than cohesion. As the European Court of Human Rights has highlighted, it is therefore essential to draw on international human rights standards in order to articulate legal instruments and public policies that uphold fundamental principles of justice. Drawing on various disciplinary perspectives, the MULTIHURI project “Diversity and conviviality: human rights as guidelines for action” seeks to contribute to this process through critical analyses on four European states (Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom) and their comparison with the qualitatively different, historically speaking at least, Canadian experience.
Seminar on islamophobia in Spain
From the building of walls against potential asylum seekers to the rise of far-right parties, the restriction of foreign nationals' social rights, the imposition of obstacles to naturalisation and the selective prohibition of minority practices, the institutionalisation of racism is undermining the fundamental principles of conviviality in European societies. In keeping with its mission of legal-political evaluation and criticism, the MULTIHURI team organises its II Seminar series on racism, multi-discrimination and human rights, going on until the spring of 2017. Once a month, various academic and civil society experts meet at Valencia University's Faculty of Social Sciences to identify the challenges surrounding racist discriminations and propound ways of tackling them effectively and fairly. On 23 February at 17:30, Mariam Barouni, president of Valencia Islamic Cultural Centre, and Amparo Sánchez Rosell, coordinator of the Civic Platform against Islamophobia, will join Jaime Bonet, professor of State Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Valencia, to impart a session on islamophobia in Spain. Free access.
New collective book on cultural diversity and conflicts in the EU
After an intense year of preparation, Tirant lo Blanch has published a collective book entitled Cultural diversity and conflicts in the European Union: Legal and political implications [Diversidad cultural y conflictos en la Unión Europea: implicaciones jurídico-políticas], edited by Ángeles Solanes, professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Valencia. The volume brings together the contributions of nine members of the research project "Human rights, multicultural societies and conflicts" as well as invited authors from the University of Nantes and the University of Oxford. Throughout its 286 pages, it sheds a critical and timely light on vital issues such as local policies in globalised European cities, normative conflicts in the family sphere, manifestations of inter-ethnic violence and the role of cinema as a tool to understand the other. It also reflects on the importance of human rights as a guide to action and a unifying mechanism in order to safeguard pluralism and avoid the stigmatisation and criminalisation of difference.
To consult the index (in Spanish) and purchase the book, click here.
Women's equality and autonomy in multi-ethnic societies
Noelia Igareda González, "Women's equality and autonomy in multiethnic societies (with a special focus on the case of forced marriages)", presentation delivered at the University of Valencia Social Science Faculty on 25 November 2016 as part of a seminar series on racism, multi-discrimination and human rights.