Colloquia: Rethinking intellectual, cultural and political issues relating to the notion of “civilization”

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Poster for the International Celebration of World Philosophy Day 2010 at UNESCO

The “Civilization in Question” research project, carried out as part of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2010), aims to develop scientific reflection on the idea of “civilization”.
The concept of civilization, which is being revived in media and political language, encompasses many themes such as culture, society, identity, religion, globalization and progress. In comparing views on classical antiquity, India, the Arab world, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, the research project allows for a fresh approach to this topic and highlights the main intellectual, cultural, ideological and political issues concerning the use of the notion of “civilization”. Such reflection aims to provide political decision-makers and various social partners with critical knowledge and thus improve their grasp of the issues relating to this concept as it is used in various strategies to promote intercultural dialogue.


Type of Event Special Event
Start 18.11.2010 08:00 local time
End 18.11.2010 11:00 local time
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Focal point Stenou, Katerina
Organizer Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue
Contact Katerina Stenou,
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room IX
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website Celebration of World Philosophy Day 2010
Link 1 2010 International Year of Rapprochement of Cultures
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