What if we used culture to prevent conflicts?

European Democracy Lab Podcast, Season2, No. 3 / 07.09.2021


Throughout history, culture, ethnic and religious identity have been at the very heart of armed hostilities, uprisings and wars. Cultural differences and conflicting identities seem to be primarily divisive. But in many other instances, culture has proven to be the exact opposite: a means to bridge gaps between different societies.

If the promotion of cultural diversity can foster mutual understanding, can the European Union promote culture as a tool to actually prevent conflicts?

Let's find out with our two guest speakers: Juan Antonio March, former Ambassador to the Russian Federation and the WTO, and Prof. Damien Helly, international cultural advisor specialised in EU external cultural action.


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