A Non-Memo from Rhodes

October 06, 2016

At the very same “Dialogue of Civilizations” conference, in the same place (in wonderful and historical Rhodes), at the same hotel, in the same room, and in the same sunny weather – but two weeks earlier, so it was a little warmer outside, and with the same structured programme of the conference, but with a slightly altered roster of participants, I had the feeling that I’d already written everything the previous year and that this year I wouldn’t be writing a travelogue. But on the flight home I changed my mind. This time everything was the same but somehow not.

A Non-Memo from Rhodes


The Quest for Change: From Domination to Dialogue

June 30, 2016

Abstract: This paper explores the distinction between domination and dialogue. It analyses dialogical philosophy, mainly in the works of Mikhail Bakhtin and some other contemporary authors, grounding the universal character of dialogue as constitutive of human personality itself. Dialogism is a fundamental characteristic of language. In its normative role, dialogism can serve as the standard for the evaluation and critique of existing relationships within a socially and culturally diverse world. It can also serve as a regulative principle in the ennoblement of human relationships. This paper highlights intercultural philosophy and its grounding of the ideas of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. It analyses the manifestations of cultural diversity in Latin American, African and the African-American philosophies. These philosophies show the tendency to evolve from ethnocentrism to more openness and finally to inter-philosophical global dialogue. Dialogism is opposed to historical-cultural conditions that hinder it. In analyzing the historical contradiction between domination and dialogue, this paper points out its causes, such as calculative ‘instrumental reason’, colonial exclusion of the other, and the asymmetries of power. The current hegemonic US policy aiming for global domination is at odds with the dialogical and collaborative relationships of sovereign nations as equals. The paper argues for the implementation of dialogical relationships within society and in the international arena as well as for the collaboration of peoples, which is necessary to find a solution to social and global problems. The concept of the dialogue of civilisations—asserting a plurality of civilisations—orients us toward the study of intra-civilisational and inter-civilisational relationships, with the aim of fostering dialogue. The enhancement of dialogical relationships is both a condition and an indispensable means of progression toward a more humane, peaceful and just world order.

The Quest for Change: From Domination to Dialogue

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Sustainable Development or Sustainable Economies? Ideas Towards Living in Harmony and Plenitude

Sustainable Development or Sustainable Economies? Ideas Towards Living in Harmony and Plenitude

October 24, 2016

Is sustainable development really the best response to the challenges of globalisation? Walter D. Mignolo argues that the concept of ‘sustainable economies’, based on the idea of ‘living in harmony and plenitude’, is necessary in order to change the terms of the conversation. We need to move away from a focus on development towards a more holistic concept of human and ecological flourishing. To accomplish this, peaceful political organisations need to be given more say in conversations currently taking place between states, corporations, banks, and extant international institutions on how to address development issues.  The point is not to do away with development, but to offer another perspective and to take these co-existing options seriously.




DOC Statement on Syrian conflict

October 11, 2016

DOC expresses its deep concern over the latest disruption of dialogue between all legitimate international parties involved in the Syrian conflict.

DOC Statement on Syrian conflict


Witte and Janik join DOC Research Team

October 27, 2016

DOC Research Institute (“DOC”, or the “Institute”), has appointed two junior researchers. Klemens Witte and Maya Janik join the DOC Research Team.

Witte and Janik join DOC Research Team

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01 July 2016 > DOC Research Institute Launch

The DOC Research Institute celebrates its launch in Berlin. High-profile guests known for their contribution to politics, public life, and the economy are joining us to mark this special day for DOC. Hans-Friedrich von Ploetz, former German ambassador to the UK and Russia delivers a welcome speech and shares his views on our troubled world, which is in dire need of what DOC Research Institute embodies: dialogue. German General A.D. Harald Kujat will also participate in the DOC’s launch event in Berlin. DOC’s co-founders, Founding president Vladimir Yakunin, Co-chairman Walter Schwimmer and Professor Peter W. Schulze will give a presentation outlining the DOC’s history and mission. They will each apply their very different, completely complementary expertise to the main issues of the day that need to be tackled, with the overarching question being: How can we respond to the ongoing global conflicts and how can we develop an efficient approach to preserving peace? These questions will be discussed during the panel event and subsequent Q&A session that includes, in addition to Founding-president Vladimir Yakunin: philanthropist Ruben Vardanyan, Michael Stürmer, chief correspondent at Germany’s leading newspaper Die Welt, Michael Harms, executive director of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, Armen Sarkissian, Armenian Ambassador to the UK and Jean-Christophe Bas, founder of Global Compass. The audience will also have an opportunity to get a sense of DOC’s original research into today’s most complex problems, when Professor Edward Demenchonok from Fort Valley State University presents his special report on the topic “New Babarians at the Gate”. As dialogue is the key, not only to DOC’s mission but in this launch event, Professor Demenchonok will be glad to answer questions arising following his talk.

21 May 2016 > World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

Held every year on 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development. The United Nations General Assembly first declared this World Day in 2002, following UNESCO’s adoption of the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, recognizing the need to “enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development and global peaceful coexistence.” With the adoption in September 2015 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations, and the Resolution A/C.2/70/L.59 on Culture and Sustainable Development adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 2015, the message of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is more important than ever. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals can best be achieved by drawing upon the creative potential of the world’s diverse cultures, and engaging in continuous dialogue to ensure that all members of society benefit from sustainable development. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is an occasion to promote culture and highlight the significance of its diversity as an agent of inclusion and positive change. It represents an opportunity to celebrate culture’s manifold forms, from the tangible and intangible, to creative industries, to the diversity of cultural expressions, and to reflect on how these contribute to dialogue, mutual understanding, and the social, environmental and economic vectors of sustainable development. All are invited to join in, and promote the values of cultural diversity, dialogue and development across our globe.