CIDOB holds 1st Training Seminar, a discussion forum for doctorate students

INTERCULTURAL DYNAMICS - Oct 30, 2007

In addition to the members of the Doctorate Students Forum, the seminar also featured the participation of the researchers Mary Nash, Josetxo Cerdán, Carlos Jiménez, Javier de Lucas and Carles Feixa, who acted as a scientific committee.

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The Doctorate Students Forum of the CIDOB Foundation's Intercultural Dynamics Programme has held the 1st Training Seminar, which is to be an annual event aimed at helping to develop doctorate students' research studies by acting as a setting for specialised debate in which students can share different lines of research.

The 1st Training Seminar was not devised to meet the standards of a conference presentation; instead it was designed as a shared working space aimed first and foremost at promoting debate and critique of the documents presented. Thus the Seminar will work in parallel with the Doctorate Students Forum ─ established four years ago ─ in order to bring the discussions from the Forum sessions into the public space.

This 1st Training Seminar included the participation of a group of researchers who acted as a scientific committee: Mary Nash (University of Barcelona), Josetxo Cerdán (University Rovira i Virgili), Carlos Giménez (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Javier de Lucas (University of Valencia) and Carles Feixa (University of Lleida). The committee members were responsible for selecting papers, introducing subjects and responding to the addresses. The members of the Doctorate Students Forum were responsible for chairing and coordinating the event.

With 15 papers selected for analysis, the seminar was organised into five panels that represented the Forum's lines of work during the past two years. The Forum participants, who were responsible for coordinating and chairing the debates, tackled the issues of identity, highlighting the particular cases of Gypsy communities, the Gnawa culture in Morocco and immigration in Catalonia. Also under discussion was the subject of cultural production, from the cultural industry of television to the use of culinary tradition and local fiestas as a strategy to mobilise imaginaries.

On the second day of debating, the discussion took a more political turn, as participants analysed the institutional and legal role of cultural mediation. Citizenship and institutionality were key subjects on the panels coordinated by Carlos Giménez and Javier de Lucas. The issues were tackled from different standpoints, including those of citizen mediation in the programme City to city, the role of institutions in the consideration of imaginaries and the concept of citizenship, and the new configurations of citizenship and the institution of the nation-state that have now become necessary, in accordance with the new realities of migration and globalisation.

Finally, the participants discussed intercultural mediation, from both very local spaces ─ such as the neighbourhood ─ and from cultural spaces, such as the ones configured around certain types of music and leisure activities; also discussed was the internal dimension of mediation in itself, representing an attempt to escape from the duality that exists between identity and otherness.

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