The London Conference on Cultural Bridges 2013

"State Multiculturalism: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Political, Economic & Cultural Dimensions"

(London; March 20th - 22nd, 2013)


In our globalized world, Multiculturalism can be viewed as a natural phenomenon and the result of the ever-changing global migration patterns. Many countries such as the UK, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, USA, Australia, and Canada are constantly engaging with active multiculturalism policies, which are continually being amended and reinvented.

The pattern and process of multiculturalism is in fact transforming and increasing following economic, social and political changes in the interdependent and globalized world. It is therefore, essential that governments do not negate from the need to integrate their minority populations, while accepting and accommodating for diversity through policies that ensure better and sustained cultural cohesion.

The 2013 Cultural Bridges in United Kingdom Conference will offer therefore a wide diversity of perspectives on the issue of intercultural relations internationally with a particular focus on the UK. The Conference will create and provide a proposal document that will be presented to the international community on how to overcome multicultural challenges. In addition the proposal document will offer best practices to achieve a successful and harmonic multicultural society. The Conference will also examine, in depth, different examples and best practices of Cultural Diplomacy that might be applied in a different context.

Conference Locations »

Based primarily in the House of Lords in London the conference, will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city.

Conference Speakers

Speakers during the Conference will include leading figures and experts from international politics, economics, academia, diplomacy, civil society and the private sector. The speakers will also include a number of individuals from the ICD Advisory Board (for further information about the Advisory Board please click here).

Speakers for the Congress include:

Lord Jack McConnell (Baron McConnell)
ICD Advisory Board member; Former First Minister of Scotland (more)
The Hon. Yasar Yakis
ICD Advisory Board member; Former Foreign Minister of Turkey (more)
Gavin Barwel (MP)
Member of the British Parliament (more)
Professor Karen Knorr
Professor of Photography, University for the Creative Arts (more)

Conference Participants »

Participation in the conference is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics & scholars, economists, journalists, artists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.

If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please click on the "Apply Now" link below and fill out the online application form:

Conference Agenda »

(March 20th - 22nd, 2013)

In an increasingly globalized and interdependent society, Multiculturalism has become a common occurrence, if not the standard, in the majority of European communities. However, with a myriad of world leaders claiming the notion to have failed, the question of whether Multiculturalism is relevant or even harmful in contemporary affairs has arisen. The aim of the London Conference on Cultural Bridges 2013 will be to examine in-depth the characteristics of Multiculturalism, with the ultimate goal being to present how cultural bridges can be effectively structured.

A number of prominent issues currently surrounding the notion of cultural diversity in Europe, mainly cultural, political, and economic dimensions will be analyzed, and participants will practically debate what patterns are needed in constructing a successful multicultural society. The Conference will furthermore look to other countries as examples, and will form a collective agreement on best integration practices.

Participant Papers »

The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of our Conference. The ICD would therefore like to welcome the participants of our conference to submit a paper they would like to be considered for presentation at the Conference as well as being included in the proposal document that will be issued following the Conference and will be sent to all governments and leaders of the international community.

Certificate of Attendance

All participants will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the program, which provides details about the speakers and topics of the conference. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD's Advisory Board.