PAGE ::: 1

INFO   :::  Projects > Archives > School of Intercultural Education, Human Rights and Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts > Text




School of Intercultural Education, Human Rights and Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts

The first lecture within the project realized with the assistance of OSCE and
in cooperation with the Faculty of Philosophy, Novi Sad University

September 24, 2011

pro-osce03a.jpg (18605 bytes)

"Culture, Cultural Pluralism and Identity; Multiculturalism and Interculturalism" (Lecturer: Prof. Alpar Losonz)

"Emergence of a nation is usually connected with some sort of violence. For instance, it was only after the French Revolution from which the French nation emerged that the French language was introduced in educational system. However, emergence of multiculturalism is connected with the notion of modern societies and freedoms. Constitutional equality and freedoms are major characteristics of a modern society. Multiculturalism has had various origins throughout the history: conventional assimilation, forced assimilation, non-violent assimilation, migrations and even the past that originated multiculturalism in our region."


Some questions and comments made by students:

1. Has Serbia to renounce its heritage for the sake of EU accession?

2. Multiculturalism only screens globalization.

3. Multiculturalism failed in Germany because Turks refused to get integrated.

4. Instead of conflicts we, in Vojvodina, should harness our energy towards creativity. We are only wasting our energy on the stories about multiculturalism and human rights.

5. Why putting emphasis on differences? Why after all should there be the Pride Parade?

6. By staging a gay parade homosexuals only further incite people's animosity.

7. In Serbia minorities can officially use their mother tongues. What would happen should Turks in Germany or England demand the official use of their mother tongue?

8. Minorities exercise more rights in Serbia than anywhere else. For instance, a Slovak in Serbia is entitled to more rights than in Slovakia.


"Identity: Individual and Collective; Concepts of Nation and Forms of Nationalism; Patriotism" (Lecturer: Prof. Djokica Jovanovic)

"What is identity and how is it determined? The definition itself is not determined affirmatively but negatively. No identity can be determined without the 'other' (say, you cannot determine an anti-fascist without a fascist). Though we need the 'other' to determine an identity we are prone to excluding this 'other' in the process. A human being is an ever changing mosaic of identities."


Some questions and comments made by students:

1. Why placing so much emphasis on reason when a man, according to Kant, is an irrational being?

2. What is nationalism after all? And what's the difference between nationalism and patriotism?

3. Fascism has emerged as a leftist organization.



PAGE ::: 1










Copyright * Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia - 2008

Web Design * Eksperiment