Intercultural Dynamics


The Programme aims to be a platform for elaborating a possible framework of reference beginning with joint reflection among experts from different countries, with the objective of understanding intercultural dynamics in their facet as a process, situating the value of the concepts within the new transnational context.

Begun in 1990 as the Intercultural Communication Space (ECI), it was consolidated as a platform for fostering the exchange of ideas through national and international seminars, conferences and publications.

Its initial collaborations with universities from different countries were constituted in the RICEI network (International Network for Intercultural Studies), and it gave impulse to the creation of the Intercultural Dynamics Programme in 1995. Reflection in the international sphere is developed through thePermanent International Seminar (pdf 107kB) , which, through proposals from its international collaborators, proposes different encounters in Barcelona and in other countries. Currently, the Programme carries out, in a parallel way, its own initiatives, which are designed with local needs in mind.

The objectives of the Programme are to:

a. Favour the understanding of intercultural dynamics beginning with what is produced among , with and oneach of the participants in an interaction.

b. Reinterpret contexts, depending on the challenges thatrecognition and coexistence represent.

c. Co-produce keys for understanding codes of interaction and to transversalise the socio-cultural references present in society

d. Facilitate the connection between theoretical reflection and practice to provide operational and clarifyingindicators of the current challenges.

The proposals are worked on, following a plan that goes from theory (ideas/concepts analysed by the academic sector ) to practice (applied interculturality), which is specified in the professional sector , using reflection on intercultural policies and practices inherent in thesociopolitical sector as a nexus of union.

NEW - Nov 28, 2016

Islam, media subject

Orientalism, Islamophobia and even thinly disguised racism: the media’s treatment of Islam is criticised daily by social agents from across the ideological spectrum.

NEW - Jun 26, 2015

“More than Research”: A Review of a Commitment to Interdisciplinary Study

"More than Research" was the title of an open session of the Forum of Young Researchers in Intercultural Dynamics, which was held on June 18 at CIDOB. The Forum was for professors and young researchers to think and discuss about research done so far in this space and to discuss how to continue in the future. 

NEW - May 28, 2015

Tourism: Local Perspectives and Global Trends


“There are no experts in tourism, we are all learners”. This affirmation of Agustín Santana reveals the attitude by which the participants of the seminar “Tourism: local perspectives and global trends" focused the phenomenon of tourism in its many facets to situate moments, experiences and tourism practices in different contexts. The conference organized on 21st May by CIDOB and supported by the Europe for Citizens program wonder “if the tourist when he travels is a traveller or something more”, or if nowadays “the tourist has become a mere consumer”.

NEW - Apr 13, 2015

Europe is indeed diversity

Europe is indeed diversity; a multiplicity of identities with their own memories and desires of belonging. 

NEW - Dec 13, 2013

Challenges for Research on Media, Migration and Intercultural Dialogue

On 27th November, a Training Workshop on «Methodology for Research on Media, Migration and Intercultural Dialogue» took place at CIDOB. It was mainly targeted towards PhD students but open to every person interested in the topic. The workshop was a one-day event organised in collaboration with the Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility of the United Nations University Barcelona (UNU-GCM), in the framework of a conference held during the previous two days (25th and 26th November).

NEW - Nov 14, 2007

Mauritania: a hinge country

CIDOB holds the seminar Mauritania: intercultural dynamics, political processes and relations with Spain, at which participants analysed the current state of the African country from different standpoints.

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