Colloquy on: “European Culture: Identity and Diversity”
8-9 September 2005
Speakers and their contributions
Philosopher. Former professor of history of the Islamic thought, University of Sorbonne (Paris III), France. Lecturer in Arab language and literature, Paris 1956; PhD in literature, Sorbonne 1968.
In Praise of Subversive Reason: Beyond Dialogue and the Quest for Identity
Director General, Directorate General IV (Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport) of the Council of Europe
Professor at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania. Director of the Institute for Educational Sciences, Bucharest. Vice- President of the Steering Committee for Education of the Council of Europe.
Professor at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Expert in the sociology of education, work and youth.
General Secretary of the Council of Europe.
Giovanni DI STASI
President of Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) of the Council of Europe, since 2004.
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the Council of Europe. Chairman of the Ministers' Deputies.
Philosopher. Professor at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Minister of Research and Technology of Croatia (2002-2003). President of the Council for Education, Science and Culture of the Social-Democratic Party of Croatia (2004).
Inclusion, participation and the role of culture
Chief Rabbi of the Consistory of the Lower Rhine (Bas-Rhin), France. PhD in religious sciences. Member of the Standing Committee of the Conference of European Rabbis (NGO) and co-author of “Juifs, chrétiens, musulmans en dialogue” (Ed. du Signe 2002)
“European culture, identity and diversity”
Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Cyprus. Expert in inter-community dialogue, conflict resolution and gender studies.
Mayor of Strasbourg and Senator of the Lower Rhine (Bas-Rhin), France.
Former Minister of France (1981-1986). General Secretary of the Council of Europe (1989-1994). European Deputy and Vice-President of the European Parliament (1994-2004). Since 2003 President of the “Europe House” in Paris.
Senator of the North (Nord-Pas-de-Calais), France, and Vice-President of the Senate Committee on culture. Chair of the Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Reverend Father. Pontifical Council for Culture, Holy See.
Director of the Centre for the Cultural Environment, International Policy Institute, King's College, London, United Kingdom.
The Challenge of Identity to Cohesion and Freedom
Director of cultural policies and international affairs, Ministry of Culture and Communication, France.
Trainer in inter-cultural learning for about 15 years and expert in mediation and conflict management. Consultant for the Council of Europe in the “Democratic Leadership Programme”.
Head of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography of Russia. Former Minister of Culture of Russia (2000-2004).
Director of the Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue, UNESCO.
Christian TER STEPANIAN
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the Council of Europe. Chairman of the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment of the Committee of Ministers.
Professor of Cultural Sociology at the Nottingham Trent University. Director of the Institute for Cultural Analysis, Nottingham (ICAn).
Culture, Identity and Citizenship
Deputy of Ile-de-France, France. Member of the European Parliament, Group of the European People’s Party (Christian-Democrats) and of the European Democrats.. President of EURIMAGES.