MINELRES: CfA: Youth Research Seminar on Intercultural Dialogue, 15-16 June 2008

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Youth Research Seminar on Intercultural Dialogue
A seminar organized in the framework of the program “Promotion of Human
Rights and Intercultural Dialogue in Caucasus and Central Asia"

International Caucasus Foundation on Minority Issues, 15-16 June 2008

Call for applicants

Deadline – April 24, 2008


During Meeting on Promoting Inter-Cultural, Inter-Religious and
Inter-Ethnic Understanding in Caucasus and Central Asia region which
held on 25 – 28 March 2007 in Baku was adopted program on “Promotion
Human Rights & Intercultural Dialogue in Caucasus and Central Asia”.

Current Research Seminar is the first stage of the program. Main aim of
the seminar is identify problems faced by NGOs in Caucasus and Central
Asia and design plan of activities.

Thematic Background

At the 7th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth, held
in September 2005 in Budapest, the Resolution of the Priorities of the
Council of Europe`s Youth Sector for 2006-2008 was accepted. The
resolution puts an emphasis on a number of priorities, including the
“promotion of intercultural dialogue, inter-religious co-operation and
respect for cultural difference” and “facilitating the access of young
people to working life and to social rights”.

The International Caucasus Foundation on Minority Issues has been
committed to the fight against discrimination since its creation in
2002. For many years, the main focus was the prevention of
discrimination on the basis of nationality and gender. More recently,
the focus has enlarged in response to the demand from civil society
generally and the changing needs of Caucasian society, to include other
forms of discrimination.

Key Themes of the Seminar

- Concepts and functions of Intercultural Dialogue that should be
preserved and explored further.

- What is the main role of intercultural dialogue in youth work today?

- What are the understandings of the role of the culture in
intercultural learning theory and what are their possible drawbacks?

- How explicit should intercultural dialogue be in youth trainings?

- How to develop a critique of intercultural dialogue that is
constructive and takes into account their potential for social

- What is the articulation between intercultural dialogue, human rights
education and social cohesion?

- What should be done to ensure more regular cooperation between youth
worker training activities and educational research in the area of
intercultural learning and intercultural competence?

Profile of Participants

1) All participants must be able to work in English or Russian

2) Participants should belong to at least to one of the following
- Established academic researchers in the field;
- Researches with or about to complete Masters or PhD studies on
relevant topics;
- Researchers interested to contribute to the development of thinking in
the specific field of youth with regards to the seminar themes;
- Practitioners with a theoretical informed and analytical approach to
the subject;
- Policy makers actively involved in addressing the issues relevant to
the topic.

Application Process

Applicants should submit:

- a completed application form,
- a 500-word abstract in English or Russian explaining their potential
contribution to the seminar and its outcomes; to elaborate findings,
tables or figures can be appended to the abstracts (maximum 2 additional
- a succinct CV (no more than 2 pages).

The requested documents should be sent by 24th April 2008 to the
following e-mail address: icfmi@azeronline.com. Applications sent by
post, fax or other e-mail addresses will not be accepted!


A diverse group of participants is encouraged to apply to present a
paper at the seminar. Selection of presenters will be made on the basis
of quality and clear relevance to the seminar themes. The final
selection will also take into account gender and regional balance
amongst participants.


The seminar will take place in the International Youth Center “Gyanjlik”
on 15-16 June 2008. Board and lodging will be provided and travel costs
reimbursed. Further information will be provided for the participants of
the seminar at a later stage.

The working language of the seminar will be English and Russian.


The candidates will be informed about the selection results by 5th May.

The successful applicants will then be provided with further guidance
and requested to present a draft of their completed papers before the
seminar for circulation to all participants. Following the event the
authors will be invited to revise their papers, taking into account the
discussions that took place with fellow experts during the course of the


Presentation of Papers for Publication 

The main outcome of the seminar will be the publication of an edited
collection. Papers presented at the seminar may be selected by
organizers for inclusion. Paper presenters invited to publish their
contribution in the collection should expect to revise and edit their
manuscript to publication standards and in accordance with the editor’s


For clarification and further information on the seminar please contact:

Nadir Kamaladdinov
e-mail: nadir_kamaladdinov@hotmail.com
phone: +99450 3288326
fax: +99412 5683839

ICFMI Application Form

Application for participation in the Youth Research Seminar on
Intercultural Dialogue.

(please send completed application form, abstracts and CV to e-mail
address: icfmi@azeronline.com):

Name of Applicant:  

Date of birth: 


Language skills: 

Academic background: 

Work experience:

Other relevant activities: 

Why you want to participate in the seminar? 


Nadir Kamaladdinov,

Director of International Caucasus Foundation on Minority Issues (ICFMI)
Address: 121-82, Mir-Jalal St, Baku City, 370147, Azerbaijan Republic 
Phone: +99450 3288326        
Phone/Fax: +99412 5683839       

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