Intercultural Dialogue Visions of the Council of Europe and the European Commission for a Post-Multiculturalist Era

Óscar García Agustín (1)
(1) Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University - Denmark, Denmark


Intercultural dialogue was introduced at the European level through policy documents of the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the 2000s. This article explores the ways in which intercultural dialogue is developed as a model to handle cultural diversity in different areas. Furthermore it discusses whether intercultural dialogue can be perceived as an alternative model to the previous integration policies marked by assimilationism and multiculturalism. A comparison is carried out of the ways in which the policies of both European organizations represent cultural diversity as a problem, their narratives concerning the need for intercultural dialogue as well as its definition. While the Council of Europe offers a concrete model, especially regarding integration, the Commission moves between the intertwined fields of culture, integration and interaction, but in doing so it fails to present an alternative.

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Author Biography

Óscar García Agustín, Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University - Denmark

Óscar García Agustín, PhD, is currently associate professor affiliated with the project ‘Talking Culture’ (financed by the Danish Council for Strategic Research) and teacher at the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. His research interests include intercultural communication, discourse and policy analysis. In 2010 he published the book Discurso e institucionalización (Discourse and institutionalization).

Agustín, Óscar G. (2012). Intercultural Dialogue Visions of the Council of Europe and the European Commission for a Post-Multiculturalist Era. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 12(2), 1–14.

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