This initiative is part of a continuing research and reflection series entitled "Pathways of Thought". The aim of this first seminar is to foster international debate on the stakes of public life, at a time when declining ideologies and a number of technological and economic factors are placing questions of culture to the forefront of the global political scene.
Globalization, urbanization, migration, regional integration, and world media are inexorably reshaping the relationship between culture and politics. How are democracies coping with this? That is one of the questions that are put to 22 scholars from twelve countries (Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco and Romania).
The meeting consists of working sessions on the following themes:
This seminar closely follows the Conference Seminar on Pathways to Human Dignity, sponsored by the European Science Foundation and the International Academic Union, which took place in Vadstena, Sweden from 30 October to 4 November 2007.
The event is organized by UNESCO’s Culture Sector, the National Library Foundation of Brazil, the Miguel de Cervantes Foundation, the Brazilian Academy and the ORDECC-Colégio do Brasil.