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UNESCO-MOST Multicultural Policies and Modes of Citizenship in European Cities (MPMC)


Volume 1
Nr. 1, February 1998

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This Newsletter is presented to you by the IMES. It is meant to inform all participants of the MPMC-Programme of topics and developments concerning the programme. It will appear as many times a year as necessary, depending on the developments of the programme.

Recent Developments

Revised project statement of the MPMC-Programme.

In January 1998 a revised statement of the MPMC-Programme has appeared. The text is rewritten in the sense that the strategic parts (aims and objectives) did not change, but the framework, based on the discussions in the workshop of October 1997 in Amsterdam, did.

The focus of the Amsterdam seminar was on further development of the general framework of the MPMC-Programme and its organizational structure. The description of the programme is recapitulated (subject background, project aims and objectives). The results of the Amsterdam discussions are integrated in a general framework for the study and in the contents of the so-called city templates. The organizational structure as decided in Amsterdam will be addressed and a concrete paragraph on time table and deliveries is added. The new text has been sent to all participants of the workshop. It is available on the UNESCO-website.


Cluster proposal.

We want to remind MPMC-participants of the time table and deliveries agreed upon in the Amsterdam seminar. The concrete proposals for clusters are due to be ready by March 1st, 1998. Clusters are research teams that join forces to do specific comparisons. At the seminar the following three clusters were presented:

(1) Analysis of immigrant/ethnic minority organizational networks and their liaison with city-officials; co-ordinators: dr. Meindert Fennema and dr. Jean Tillie of the University of Amsterdam.
(2) The role of immigrant and ethnic minority politicians (including the strategies of political parties to catch the 'ethnic vote'); co-ordinator: Dr Marco Martiniello of the University of Liege.
(3) City-neighborhoods as sites of day-to-day interaction among immigrants/ethnic minority and autochtonous communities: mobilization and integration on the micro-level; co-ordinator: prof. Carl-Ulrich Schierup of the University of Umea.

Revised City Templates.

To ensure international comparative research the project will have to take stock of all particularities of a city (as special history, histories of immigration, composition of the immigrant population) at the very beginning of the project as a preliminary research effort. To do so a city template questionnaire was devised including all relevant variables. This questionnaire was revised and elaborated in the Amsterdam workshop of October 1997 on the basis of first drafts of the research teams. Each research partner will be responsible for detailing the cities with respect to socio-economic characteristics, immigrant and ethnic minority groups and their positions and activities by way of the described city template in the revised project statement.

Before the first of July 1998 the revised version of the city template should be ready and delivered to the Co-ordination Committee. An editorial committee will analyze and edit the templates and write an introduction and conclusion. In December 1998 there will be a publication and dissemination of the edited city-templates.

The city templates will have a double function. For the research teams it will serve primarily as a starting point for the field research of the project. At the same time it provides policy makers with a first inventory of possibilities and experiences in the field.

Financial Matters

Request for the Participation Programme of Unesco.

As was explained at the October workshop, participant research teams may apply for financial assistance under the Participation Programme from UNESCO. A request for the period from the first of June 1998 till the thirtiest of September 1999 should have been submitted before February 27th 1998. In this request the link between the programme approved by the General Conference and the activities for which assistance is requested must be clearly indicated. The Participation Programme pays particular attention to those requests which in one way or another foster international co-operation and reflect the priorities and programmes decided on by the General Conference.

We have asked research teams to send a copy of their application to the Co-ordination Group. Until now the secretariat of the IMES has received duplicates of the requests of the following cities: Amsterdam, Liege, Brussels, Neuchâtel (Suisse), Athens and Stockholm.

Co-ordination of the project

At the seminar of Amsterdam it was decided that the IMES will co-ordinate the project and house the secretariat. The IMES will receive financial assistance from UNESCO to implement these co-ordination tasks. This will be made official in March 1998.

New members

Since the Amsterdam workshop of October 1997 three research teams have asked permission to join the MPMC-project. The three are:

1] Athens: Mrs. M. Petronoti, National Centre for Social Research (EKKE), 14-18 Messoghion str., GR 11527, POB 14232, Greece.

2] Cologne:Mr. W.D. Bukow, Seminar für Sozialwissenschaften der Universität zu Köln, Gronewaldstrabe 2, 50931, Germany.

3] Lisbon: Mrs. M. Marques, SOCINOVA, Faculdade de Ciencias Sociais e Humanas/UNL, Av. de Berna 26 C, Portugal.

Recapitulation of time tables and deliveries.

Membership is open to those research teams that are willing and able to comply to the obligations, time table and deliveries of the project:

March 1st,1998: Concrete proposal for clusters, that have been agreed upon.

July 1st,1998: Final versions of the revised city templates delivered to the Co-ordination Committee.

An editorial committee will analyze and edit the templates and write an introduction and conclusion.

December 1st,1998: Publication and dissemination of edited city templates.

January 1st,1999: Draft reports of research based on the general framework.

April 1999: Workshop of research teams in order to:

  • preparation of workshop with policy makers;
  • prepare publications based on results;
  • development of research programme.

June 1999: Workshop with representatives of ELAINE, Wohnbund and policy makers of the cities concerned.

May-October 1999: Preparation of publications.

Available Documents

The revised projectstatement of the MPMC-project can be found on the UNESCO-website or asked for at the secretariat of the project at the IMES (drs. Karen Kraal). The city templates can also be asked for at the secretariat of the project.

We want to invite you to send us all information which you think is important to bring to attention of all participants. The central person of the secretariat is drs. Karen Kraal, her e-mail address is Kraal@pscw.uva.nl.

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