Intercultural Research Group

The objectives of the research project are:

  1. To understand the ideas associated with "Responsibility" in the 11 languages / cultural contexts of the participants in the project
  2. To identify consequences of these understandings for social practices in those cultural contexts
  3. To find common elements unfolded in these understandings
  4. To contribute to an intercultural dialogue aiming on the one hand at understanding differences and on the other establishing a common kernel to the diversity of cultural interpretations and practices. The latter will help to define a common ethical ground for an International Charter of Human Responsibilities.

The output of this intercultural research project is expected to be a unique book which will contain:
a. an introduction explaining the background of the project, its relevance and the methodology (written by the coordinator)
b. 11 chapters written by the participants on the notion of Responsibility in the context of their own language/culture
c. a concluding cross-analysis addressing differences and commonalities emerging from the 11 preceding chapters (written by the coordinator).

This effort of making explicit cultural specificities and commonalities will hopefully provide concrete material for a necessary intercultural dialogue on how people in various parts of the world perceive their human responsibilities and how they assume and exercise them.

24 June 2008
Intercultural Research Group: Objectives and Output by Edith SIZOO

8 May 2006
Points of attention of the Intercultural Research Group

International Research Group on Culture and Responsibility - 8 May 2006

Participants List

Intercultural Research Group Project: Objectives and Methodology - 8 May 2006

Specific objectives Within the wider context described above, the specific objectives of the research project are to bring to the fore : 1. Specific understandings of the idea of Responsibility in the 10 languages / cultures of the participants in the project 2. Consequences of these understandings for social practices in those cultural contexts 3. Common elements unfolded in these understandings. 4. A contribution to intercultural dialogue aiming on the one hand at understanding (...)

Cultures and Responsibility - Ethical Foundations and Social Practices - 8 May 2006, by Edith SIZOO

Intercultural Research Group

The challenge of intercultural dialogue - 31 March 2006, by Edith SIZOO

In a period of increasing international communication - which by its very nature is intercultural - there is a tendency to use concepts which are supposed to be understood in the same way by communities rooted in a great variety of different histories and cultural contexts all over the world. This leads to numerous intercultural misunderstandings and conflicts.

Cultural diversity of perceptions and practices - 31 March 2006, by Edith SIZOO

It seems that a sense of responsibility (grounded in parenthood) is found among all groups of human beings. However, the way in which responsibility is assumed and accounted for is deeply embedded in each cultural context.

Intercultural Glossary - 24 February 2005

Why an intercultural dialogue? How can we explain the cultural differences between significations ? Questions on the semantic field of the word "responsibility".

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