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The Centre launches research project on history and memory in Kyrgyzstan

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On May 4th, 2016, the Global Centre for Pluralism launched its “History and memory in Kyrgyzstan: toward an inclusive society” project at a workshop at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. 

 

Supporting local analysis 

The objective of the project is to support local scholarship and research on historical narratives in Kyrgyzstan’s past in order to understand the country’s experience, both in terms of inclusion and exclusion. Through a call for applications, the Centre has awarded research grants to eight researchers from Kyrgyzstan to produce a short research paper exploring the country’s past as a multi-ethnic, multi-faith and diverse society. These papers will promote awareness and understanding of the sources of inclusion and exclusion (e.g. cultural, social, gender, political, legal, economic, etc.) in Kyrgyzstan’s history and shed light on both the positive and negative experiences of living with diversity. To help guide them through the research and writing process and encourage them to engage critically with the past, each researcher has been matched with an international or local mentor.

Selected researchers attend workshop on pluralism

Eight selected researchers and project partners from Osh State University and the Central Asian Studies Institute at AUCA attended the workshop. Global Centre for Pluralism staff introduced the Centre’s work and gave an overview of pluralism. The researchers then engaged in a wider discussion about history and memory in Kyrgyzstan and their connection to pluralism, and then had the opportunity to present their research topics and receive feedback from their peers.  

The researchers left the workshop feeling enthusiastic and well prepared to begin their research. In late fall 2016, the project will wrap up with an event in Bishkek, where researchers will present and discuss the results of their research with project partners, mentors and invited stakeholders. The aim of the dissemination event is to extract applicable lessons from Kyrgyzstan’s past for the country today as it seeks to foster greater inclusion.

Global Pluralism Award

May 3, 2016

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The Global Centre for Pluralism is proud to launch the new Global Pluralism Award.

The Award recognizes individuals and organisations working to promote more diverse, inclusive societies around the world. Nominations are now open and will be accepted until August 31st, 2016.

Three awardees will be selected by an independent, international jury chaired by the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada. Each recipient will receive a prize of $50,000 CAD to further their work in support of pluralism. Additional in-kind assistance may be provided, including engagements in each recipient’s country of operation to raise the public profile of their achievements. The Award will be presented in 2017 at the international headquarters of the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa, Canada.

Please visit the Award website, award.pluralism.ca for more information, and to nominate a worthy project.

 

Global Pluralism Award

Do you know a pluralism leader?

 The Global Centre for Pluralism is proud to launch the new Global Pluralism Award.

The Award recognizes individuals and organisations working to promote more diverse, inclusive societies around the world.

Three award winners are selected bi-annually by an independent, international jury, chaired by the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada. Each recipient is awarded $50,000 CAD to further their work in support of pluralism. Additional in-kind assistance may be provided, including engagements in each recipient’s country of operation to raise the public profile of their achievements.

Please visit the Award website, award.pluralism.ca for more information.

 

 Research advisors

The Centre has formed a research advisory group to help frame the Pluralism Lens. Read more about the advisors and watch their interviews below. 

 

                                                                                                                                                    

John Bowen
Anthropologist 

Dunbar van Cleve Professor in Arts and Sciences Sociocultural Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

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César Rodríguez Garavito
Sociologist and legal scholar

 

Associate Professor of Law and founding director of the Global Justice and Human Rights Program, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá; founding member of the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia), Bogotá, Columbia

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Niraja Gopal Jayal
Political scientist

Professor, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India 

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Jane Jenson
Political scientist

Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance and professor of political Science, Université de Montréal, Canada 

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Fuat Keyman
Political scientist

Director, Istanbul Policy Center and Professor of International Relations at Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey

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Will Kymlicka
Political philosopher

Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

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Christina Murray
Legal scholar and constitutional advisor

Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa. On leave, working as part of the constitutional support team of the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Yemen.

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Frances Stewart
Economist

Professor Emeritus of Development Economics and former Director, Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE), University of Oxford,  United Kingdom

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Rotimi Suberu 
Political scientist

Professor, political science and international relations, Bennington College, Vermont, USA

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Helen Ting
Political scientist

Research Fellow, Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), National University of Malaysia / Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi Selangor, Malaysia

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Stefan Wolff
Political Scientist

Professor of International Security and Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, College of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

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The drivers of pluralism

What factors "drive" inclusion and exclusion in diverse societies?

 

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Toward a pluralism lens

The Pluralism Lens is a framework for thinking about the sources of inclusion and exclusion in diverse societies and the relationships between them.

• Why do some diverse societies thrive while others fragment or fracture?

• Why do some societies pivot between inclusion and exclusion, either improving or deteriorating?

• What value does pluralism add to existing understandings of diversity and vice versa?  


A more holistic approach

Many conversations about diversity take place in isolation. For example, specialists in the governance of migrant diversity in developed societies rarely converse with analysts of ethno-nationalist or sectarian conflict in developing societies. To change the global conversation about diversity, more varied voices are needed around the table.

Inspired by the Canadian experience of pluralism – which encompasses migrant diversity and settlement, ethno-nationalist conflict and accommodation, and the governance of indigenous diversity – the Centre seeks a more holistic approach that widens the global conversation about diversity, and aims to change it. 


The drivers of pluralism

The Lens starts with the Centre’s “pluralism drivers” framework – a portrait of the principal domains in which societies practice either inclusion or exclusion. Inclusion and exclusion are often defined in narrowly legal terms (are citizens treated with formal equality under the law?) or in narrowly economic terms (are there significant inequalities between groups in income or wealth?).

However, pluralism is multi-dimensional, and is promoted or eroded in many different ways. One important aim of our research program is to illuminate the “drivers” of pluralism in specific cases.  

View the drivers chart >

Read more about the research advisors helping to frame the Lens >

 

 

Pluralism

The Centre defines pluralism as a set of values and actions, founded on respect for diversity, which support and sustain inclusive societies. In pluralist societies, choices are made to ensure the full participation of all people in political, economic and socio-cultural life. Every person becomes a valued member of society – regardless of ethnic, religious or cultural differences.

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Experiences

Countries on every continent have chosen or are choosing pluralism. Many more continue to struggle with their diversity.

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