Setting up cultural encounters is a widespread intervention strategy employed to diffuse conflicts and manage difficulties related to diversity. These organised cultural encounters bring together people of different backgrounds in order to promote peaceful coexistence and inclusion. These transformative aims relate to the participants but are often also expected to spill over into the society, community or context addressed by the encounter.
As a category, ‘Organised Cultural Encounters’ draws together a variety of activities and events such as multicultural festivals, dialogue initiatives, diversity training and inclusion projects – activities that are generally not considered to be of the same kind. Most of the existing literature on these types of encounters is instrumental and has an overall emphasis on evaluations in terms of outcome or success rate. This book goes beyond evaluations, and the contributors pose and debate theoretical and methodological questions and analyse the practices and performativities of particular encounters. Taken together, it makes an important contribution to the theorisation and analysis of intercultural relations and negotiations.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Intercultural Studies.
Introduction – Organised Cultural Encounters: Interculturality and Transformative Practices Lene Bull Christiansen, Lise Paulsen Galal and Kirsten Hvenegaard-Lassen
1. On the Paradox of ‘Organised’ Encounter Helen F. Wilson
2. ‘Cultivating Integration’? Migrant Space-making in Urban Gardens Linda Lapina
3. Festival as Embodied Encounters: On Kulturhavn in Copenhagen Kirsten Simonsen, Lasse Koefoed and Maja de Neergaard
4. Social Circus as an Organised Cultural Encounter Embodied Knowledge, Trust and Creativity at Play Ilaria Bessone
5. Bridge the Gap: Multidirectional Memory in Photography Projects for Refugee Youths Randi Marselis
6. Meetings of the Art: Cultural Encounters and Contact Zones in an Art Project for Asylum-seeking Minors in Denmark Zachary Whyte
7. It Doesn’t Matter if You’re Black or White: Negotiating Identity and Danishness in Intercultural Dialogue Meetings Helle Bach Riis
8. ‘Are you Married to a Maasai?’ Gendered Cultural Encounters Between Tanzanians and Danes in ‘Global Citizenship’ Training Lene Bull Christiansen