By Rusen Kumar
NEW DELHI: Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) will be hosting an International Conference on “Rethinking Realities, Re-imagVijay Kapuring Pluralism: Future Landscapes of Pluralism for Democratic Societies.”
The conference will be held on 14th and 15th December 2010 at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia. The conference is co-organized by Institute of Ethnic Studies (UKM), CSR, Philanthropy and Trans- Disciplinary Action Group (CPTAG)- Universiti Sains Malaysia and Centre for Applied Ethics, Linkoping University in Sweden.The objectives of this conference are to examine realities of pluralism and compare manifestations, problems and challenges of pluralism.
Vijay Kapur and Enakshi Sengupta, editorial board members of INDIACSR will be presenting a paper on ‘Good Practices of Stakeholder Management in a Conflict Zone.” Papers on ‘Harmonization of inter ethnic groups in Indonesia’, ‘Pluralism paradigm in Malaysia’, ‘Evolution and identity on the Kelantan Peranakan Chinese’ will also be presented in this conference by noted scholars.
This conference is an extension to a multi- disciplinary research project entitled “Possibilities of Religious Pluralism” funded by Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA). This project is focused on how democratic societies deal with and come to terms with diversity, competition and conflict in various aspects of social life.
Pluralism as a condition has become one of the most pressing issues in today’s world. Globalization has led to cultural diversity and a heterogeneous society. International migration has posed society to think whether they should retain pluralism or alter it.
The conference aims to indicate present and future transformations of pluralism in the rapidly changing democratic societies across the world. The conference will be represented by academicians, researchers, activists and policy makers who are working in the field of democratization, cultural diversity and pluralism.