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24th World Congress of Philosophy

IRGCD panel

Peking University

Beijing, People's Republic of China


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                                    20th International Congress of Aesthetics

                                        Culture, Dialogue, and Globalisation

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                                                Seoul National University

                                                           Seoul, Korea

                                                                       21 - 27 July 2016

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                                         Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015

                                         In Dialogue: Culture and the Environment

                                                         INTERNATIONAL FORUM 


                                            The Japanese Society for Aesthetics - 美学会                                                              

                                                               Matsudai, Tokamachi-city

                                                                         Niigata, Japan

                                                                    30 July - 1 August 2015

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                                                      Giuseppe Patella

                                          Aesthetics in the Age of Multiculturalism

                                                                  IRCA International Seminar

                                                                  University of Seville, Spain

                                                                             9 April 2014

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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 organizations (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.

Institutions linked to the IRGCD via scholars working in the field and spirit of culture and dialogue:

  • The University of Tokyo (Prof. Tanehisa Otabe, Institute of Aesthetics), Tokyo, Japan
  • National Cheng Kung University (Dr. Yi-Fang Wu, Institute of Art Studies), Tainan, Taiwan
  • University of Bordeaux Michel de Montaigne (Prof. Ngalasso-Mwatha, Aquitaine Institute of Human Sciences), Bordeaux, France
  • University of Innsbruck  (Prof. Hans Köchler, Institute of Philosophy), Innsbruck, Austria
  • The University of Hong Kong (Dr. Sze Wei Ang, Department of Comparative Literature), Hong Kong, PR China
  • University of Helsinki (Prof. Arto Haapala, International Institute of Applied Aesthetics), Helsinki, Finland
  • Maastricht University (Prof. Hubert Timmermans, Centre for European Studies), Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • University of Oxford (Dr. Martin Ovens, Wolfson College), Oxford, United Kingdom 
  • Jadavpur University (Dr. Madhucchanda Sen, Department of Philosophy), Kolkata, India
  • Russian Institute for Cultural Research (Prof. Dimitri L. Spivak, UNESCO), St.Petersburg, Russia
  • Rovira i Virgili University (Prof. Enric Olivé Serret, UNESCO, Intercultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean), Tarragona, Spain
  • University of Botswana (Prof. Bertha Z. Osei -Hwedie, Centre for Culture and Peace Studies), Gaborone, Botswana
  • Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski (Dr. Zornitza Ganeva, Faculty of Education), Sofia, Bulgaria
  • I. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Prof. Nino Chikovani, UNESCO, Institute of Cultural Studies), Tbilissi, Georgia
  • University of Rome Tor Vergata (Prof. Giuseppe Patella, International Research Centre for Aesthetics and Art Theory), Roma, 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.
  • Publishing electronically an annual newsletter (IRGCD Bulletin), which reports on the activities of the Centre and lists past and forthcoming relevant events.
  • Running its website and that of the Culture and Dialogue journal.


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

Editor in Chief of Culture and Dialogue

© IRGCD 2016