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Welcome from UNESCO Chair, Professor Fethi Mansouri

UNESCO CDSJ

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Welcome to the website of the UNESCO Chair for Comparative Research on cultural diversity and Social Justice based at Deakin University and hosted by the strategic research Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation. I have the honour of being the holder for this important UNESCO Chair whose research program, dissemination activities  and public engagements  will  transcend the Centre, the university and Australia to touch the lives of fellow human beings across the globe in particular those in various parts of North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. 

UNESCO Chairs serve as prime vehicles for building higher institutions' capacity in specific areas of scholarship through exchange, collaboration, knowledge transfer and sharing in the spirit of international solidarity. Through this particular Chair, we aim to form a proactive research program that functions as a leading 'think tank' on all issues pertaining to cultural diversity and social justice. The Chair aims to  act as a key bridge builder between researchers, civil society organisations and policy makers, both nationally and internationally.

Premised on a social justice and human rights-based approach, the Chair's agenda will contribute to capacity building in the key areas of governance, education and the management of cultural diversity both in Australia and internationally. The Chair-holder and his team  will initiate and coordinate collaborative research on youth from vulnerable communities and LDCs, focussing on the critical questions of marginalisation, social exclusion, identity formation, discrimination, radicalisation, violence and security.

UNESCO seeks to promote the values of tolerance and understanding through dialogue, in the pursuit of peace and human development. Recognition of diversity and social justice constitute the foundation upon which such goals are to be conceptualized, pursued and achieved. The work of this Chair will be underpinned by a vision of culture as a key tool (a genuine  fourth pillar) for sustainable development and as a conduit for achieving ethical engagement with and solidarity between various  communities and cultures.

Cultural Diversity and Social Justice represent a fundamental part of UNESCO's priorities but also an increasingly important dimension of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) post 2015. The challenge, however, remains as to   how best to accommodate and support cultural diversity, with its underlying notion of 'difference', whilst maintaining an over-arching social peace and a genuine sense of belonging within broader society. The work of this Chair aims to contribute to this critical endeavour.

Alfred Deakin Professor Fethi Mansouri

UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice

Deakin University –Australia.

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