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.
Publication of the proceedings of the III MULTIHURI International conference
On 1-2 June 2017, the University of Valencia Human Rights Institute organised the III MULTIHURI International conference on human rights, diversity and conviviality, in the framework of the research project "Diversity and conviviality: Human rights as guidelines for action". On that occasion, several researchers presented papers on pressing issues such as cultural and religious discrimination, the social rights of foreigners, the vulnerability of asylum seekers and recent immigrants, as well as transnational activism. Their contributions are now available to the public in the proceedings edited by the conference director, Ángeles Solanes Corella. According to the professor, the texts "illustrate the richness and complementarity of the approaches and methods presented by the participants. Combining legal, political, sociological and philosophical perspectives, each brings a vision to the common project of reforming institutions to guarantee the rights of the subordinated in the era of economic globalisation and the migratory flows in entails". To download the volume in pdf format, click here.
Taking stock of the III MULTIHURI International conference on human rights, diversity and conviviality
The III International conference organised by the MULTIHURI research team, focusing on human rights issues in the area of cultural identities, racism, health, education and gender equality, was held at the University of Valencia Law Faculty on 1-2 June 2017. Reflecting the academic and social relevance of the event, over 30 researchers presented communications and posters and another 30 participants joined in to listen to and debate with some 20 prestigious Spanish and international speakers. Recordings of the presentations are available in the "video" section; full texts of some communications will follow in the coming weeks. In the meantime, a selection of the best pictures is displayed below.
The diversity trap: On equalities and equities in the production of differences in the schooling context
Javier García Castaño, "The diversity trap: On equalities and equities in the production of differences in the schooling context", closing speech of the III MULTIHURI International conference on human rights, diversity and conviviality held at the University of Valencia Law Faculty on 1-2 June 2017 (in Spanish)