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24th World Congress of Philosophy

Peking University

Beijing, People's Republic of China


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                               20th International Congress of Aesthetics

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Aesthetics and Politics

MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory Conference

University of Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom

4-6 September 2013

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International Day of Cultural Diversity




The Russian Institute for Cultural Research

Saint-Petersburg Branch

St. Petersburg, Russia

21 May 2013

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International Forum on Confucianism


Confucianism and Ecological Civilization


Renmin University of China

Beijing, P.R. China

1-3 December 2012

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Dialogue of Civilizations

World Public Forum

10th Anniversary

Rhodes, Greece

3rd-8th October 2012

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George Santayana and Italy

IV International Congress on George Santayana

IRCA, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy

30th-31st October 2012

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United Nations Alliance of Civilizations

4th Forum

National Convention Center (QNCC), Doha, Qatar

11th-14th December 2011

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Hans Köchler

Public Colloquium

Moulay Ismail University, Meknes, Marocco

16th November 2011

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Arto Haapala

Open Colloquia


Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

24th-26th October 2011

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The International Research Group for Culture and Dialogue (IRGCD) aims at creating a network of institutions and scholars to foster academic research in the fields of “culture and dialogue.”

The idea of creating a Research Group that explores the role played by dialogue in cultural formations comes from the intimate conviction that if more people understood the nature of dialogue there would be fewer problems in the world. To many, this statement is self-evident. Why, then, are there so many problems in the world? A predicament, a tragedy, or a disaster perceived as such occurs when one’s will or the force of things becomes so overwhelming that it threatens the life of those whose consciousness makes them realise their plight. In other words, the problems of the world stem from human beings’ inability to see that their very survival depends on their willingness to negotiate with otherness, be it nature or other fellow humans.

Natural and human-made disasters as well as socio-political unrests are typical albeit terribly sad examples. The ones who dictate and act for their own survival regardless of the existence of otherness soon realise, often too late, that there cannot be such a survival. To realise this is simply to understand the nature of dialogue. The principle is at work in all fields and at all levels. Thus the issue at stake is to find ways of relating to nature and fellow humans that both acknowledge and allow the complementary and reciprocal character of such a relationship – a sort of equilibrium made of differences and sharing in order to handle the inferno, inexorability and creativity of the spiral of life. This is what will hopefully constitute the spirit of the International Research Group for Culture and Dialogue.

Far from being restricted to academic exercises and heuristic purposes, the IRGCD seeks to convey the spirit of dialogue in its multifarious cultural facets, whether in the fields of philosophy, art, language, politics, religion, or science. It offers a field for thoughts on dialogue to be sown as much as for the cultures of dialogue to grow. The IRGCD also seeks that complementary balance imagined so beautifully by Tzvetan Todorov in La Signature Humaine (2009) – the balance between Mikhail Bakhtin’s theoretical approach to dialogue and the dialogical life of Roman Jakobson.

The main publishing platform of the IRGCD is the journal Culture and Dialogue, which was launched in March 2011. 


The IRGCD is based at the School of Humanities of National University of Ireland, Galway.  

As a Research Group, it seeks to attract individuals, scholars and organisations (not necessarily academic ones) who wish to work collaboratively on shared projects such as publications, conferences, and even humanitarian actions, for example in conjunction with UNESCO.

The IRGCD seeks to develop and coordinate relevant research internationally. The research focus is clearly on the concept of “dialogue” in its various cultural forms, including in philosophy, language, art, design, science, religion, politics, history and environmental studies.

Affiliated members working in the field and spirit of culture and dialogue:

  • Prof. Edwige Tamalet Talbayev (Department of French & Italian, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA) 
  • Prof. Tanehisa Otabe  (Institute of Aesthetics, The University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Dr. Yi-Fang Wu (Institute of Art Studies, National Cheng Kung University,  Tainan, Taiwan)
  • Prof. Ngalasso-Mwatha (Aquitaine Institute of Human Sciences, University of Bordeaux Montaigne, France)
  • Prof. Hans Köchler (Institute of Philosophy, University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • Dr. Sze Wei Ang (Department of Comparative Literature, The University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Prof. Arto Haapala (International Institute of Applied Aesthetics, University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Prof. Hubert Timmermans (Centre for European Studies, Maastricht University, The Netherlands)
  • Dr. Martin Ovens (Wolfson College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom) 
  • Dr. Madhucchanda Sen (Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India)
  • Prof. Dimitri L. Spivak (UNESCO, D.S.Likhachev Russian Scientific Research Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Russia)
  • Prof. Enric Olivé Serret (UNESCO, Intercultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean, Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain)
  • Prof. Bertha Z. Osei -Hwedie (Centre for Culture and Peace Studies, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana)
  • Dr. Zornitza Ganeva (Faculty of Education, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski,  Sofia, Bulgaria)
  • Prof. Nino Chikovani (UNESCO, Institute of Cultural Studies, I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilissi, Georgia)
  • Prof. Giuseppe Patella (International Research Centre for Aesthetics and Art Theory, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy)

The activities of the IRGCD also include:


  • Organizing international conferences on the topic of “dialogue”
  • Inviting relevant speakers to give talks
  • Support the diffusion of research at relevant international conferences
  • Running its website and the Culture and Dialogue journal


Gerald Cipriani, PhD
National University of Ireland, Galway
Republic of Ireland

Editor in Chief, Culture and Dialogue (Brill)
Co-Editor in Chief, Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology (Routledge)
Convener, International Research Group for Culture and Dialogue

Honorary Professor                                                                                                                                                                           UNESCO Chair in Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions,                                                                                                           their Specific Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue (St. Petersburg/Moscow)                                                                                   D.S.Likhachev Russian Scientific Research Institute of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Russia                                                                 

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