Interculturalism and Diversities: Developing intercultural models and thinking in the Nordic countries (IDIN)

IDIN aims to promote Nordic research collaboration and training in the area of intercultural thinking.

IDIN's main objective is to analyse intercultural strategies in the Nordic context and to investigate the possibilities for developing a new model and significance concerning interculturalism in the Nordic context, by a comparative study.

The term “intercultural”, related to communication, education, etc., defines practices that aim to establish meeting and communication with the “other”. Interculture defines many projects with different motivations; perhaps often used uncritically.

This term indicates the strategies that aim to include minorities which no longer must be unrelated or foreign to the political, social, cultural, and economical body of society. Moreover, the term points to results of inclusion coming from continual communications between minorities and the host society in order to aid mutual comprehension.

Tacitly these strategies imply a constitutive social rule: acceptance of dialogue. But the public dialogue and the construction of a communicating public opinion demand mutual recognition. New intercultural strategies implies the necessity to find a common background of regulations, rights and duties accepted both by the majority culture and the different minority cultures, and which individuals can appeal to, and respect.

IDIN intends to explore connections between the perception of values, both religious and secular, rights and duties in Nordic countries as well as in the different cultural groups in order to find a common background of rules, rights and duties.

The network brings together ongoing research in the field in an interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers in three Nordic centers of research (Norway, Sweden, and Denmark) as well as European centers of research.

Facts about the project
Project leader

Paola de Cuzzani, University of Bergen, Norway