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The University Network of the European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC) will hold its 7th annual conference in Marseille, France, European Capital of Culture 2013. The conference will be hosted by the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and by Aix-Marseille Université (AMU), in collaboration with Labex Med & Marseille-Provence 2013.  UNeECC wants to stimulate the interdisciplinary debate among scholars on the annual conference theme and the exchange of ideas and good practices between academics and practitioners working with and in European Capitals of Culture (ECoC).  A call for papers is being issued, from universities and other institutions of higher education that are located in cities which are, have been, or will be designated European Capitals of Culture, or from individual scholars, local administrators and cultural managers involved in the ECoC programme.

2013 Conference theme

Multiculturalism is often perceived as a threat to local identity. Texts on the subject are usually politically and ideologically biased and select only those arguments that support their authors' cause. In reality, however, the issue of multiculturalism is far more complex than these texts suggest and it is up to the academic community to study in depth the challenges posed and opportunities offered by what essentially is an 'encounter of cultures'. Given its commitment to the European Capitals of Culture, with Marseille as a multicultural city par excellence, UNeECC wants to focus on multiculturalism in urban environments. At the same time however, by organizing this conference, it hopes to contribute to the on-going debates on European Citizenship.

For the conference ‘Cultural Encounters. The Mosaic of Urban Identities’, scholars are being invited to present their papers in any field of research.  How is multiculturalism in urban settings treated in their disciplines, what challenges and opportunities do they see? And how do they differ from or enhance the views encountered in the media or in political or ideological debates? Contributions from polital sciences, sociology, psychology, urbanism, geography, economy, history, cultural and literary studies are expected. Papers from less obvious fields such as medicine, epidemiology, genetics, engineering, architecture are most encouraged and welcome.

Download the actual Call for papers here.

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