Emerging realities in the European space: Complexity, mobility and intercultural dynamics, new CIDOB publication

CIDOB is the Barcelona´s centre for international affairs. Since 1995, one of CIDOB's priority subjects has been reflection and analysis of intercultural dynamics. This publication aims to explore the emergence of Europe in a context of globalization, deterritorialization and complex cultural dynamics.

During the three European Union presidencies of the period 2010-2011 (Spain, Belgium and Hungary), a common project was initiated to explore – by means of multidisciplinary, open reflection – Europe’s emergence in the context of globalisation, de-territorialisation and complex cultural dynamics; by considering that any reflection on contemporary Europe should raise itself above the level of issues such as identity, ethnic conflicts, the nation-state, religious tolerance and essentialist cultural values; that the current reality demands that we concentrate on interactions in multiple contexts and networks, as well as seeing “Europe as an agora of multiple interactions or as a dynamic, complex system".

The social complexity in which we live requires us to imagine scenarios of action that are capable of articulating a common sense of belonging.

And within this framework, how can complexity theory be useful? We have to acknowledge that Europe is diversity; a multiplicity of identities with their own memories and desires for belonging. What would the missing link be that could bring about union and which, furthermore, could include this myriad of constants and variables, of continuities and breaks?

It is this space that is the subject of the articles in this monographic work; reflections and new viewpoints capable of incorporating all manner of irregularities, exceptions and disagreements, to help us to comprehend an endless range of events with unforeseeable coincidences.

The publication is coordinated by Yolanda Onghena (Senior researcher on Intercultural Dynamics at CIDOB)

CIDOB Journal of Afers Internacionals, no. 95

Date of publication: 09/2011

Issue price: 10 €

All chapters are available for FREE download here

The publication gathers interesting contributions from well known academics such as John Urry, Kevin Robbins, Rik Pixten and Eric Corijn, among others.


OTM would like to suggest the reading of the articles by Cristina Farinha and Mahir Namur, both focusing on the arts and culture sector:

Mobility challenging profiles and roles for artists in the European Agora
Cristina Farinha

Networking, production, identity: Cultural manager experiences
Mahir Namur