ACCEPT Pluralism Workshop in Dublin, Ireland


Tolerance in Ireland –North and South, University College Dublin,

Thursday 14 February 2013

An ACCEPT Pluralism/ UCD Institute for British-Irish Studies Conference

The way in which societies deal with religious and cultural diversity continues to be a burning issue. Should this be framed in terms of toleration and mutual accommodation, in more substantial forms of recognition, or in transformative reconciliation?



This one day conference addressed the state of responses to religious and cultural diversity in Ireland, North and South. It emerged from the EU FP7 project, ACCEPT Pluralism, in which UCD is a partner. That project examines the treatment of indigenous and immigrant cultural and religious diversity within fifteen EU states (and one applicant country, Turkey) to investigate the current state of tolerance and the kinds of policies that need to be developed to respect diversity. In the Irish case, however, toleration and recognition can hardly be considered without reference to experiences, attitudes and policies on both sides of the border. Accordingly this conference, convened with UCD's Institute for British-Irish Studies, touched upon issues of intolerance, mere tolerance and recognition as they arise in Ireland, North and South, with respect to both indigenous communities and native minorities. It dealt with institutional arrangements, public policy and social attitudes and behaviour. It also examined how the frames of reference of debate in Northern Ireland and the Republic relate to one another. It dealt with institutional arrangements, public policy and social attitudes and behaviour.



The conference included three main sessions, two of which dealt with particular areas: the sphere of education and civic and political life, and the third addressed the broader issues arising with respect to religious and cultural diversity in Ireland North and South.

There were 94 registered participants, who came from the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the UK and further afield. These included academics from a wide range of disciplines, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, NGO and civil society organisations, local government representatives, policy makers and officials, as well as postgraduate students and interested individuals.

For the full program click here.

A detailed report of the event, including the sessions and the speakers, is available here.

For the abstracts of all presentations click here.