Our objective is to gain an understanding of sustainable cultural diversity not only in 'Western' settings but also in places that until recently have had no experience with everyday 'otherness'.
Our objective is based on the Sustainable Development in a Diverse World Network of Excellence funded by the EU. Thus far diversity has gained attention mainly in 'Western' societies, but gradually we can observe the growth of diversity, multiculturalism or interculturalism also in places that until recently have had no experience with everyday 'otherness', such as post-socialist countries, Scandinavia, Switzerland, the Balkans or new EU Member States. The current economic, cultural, political and social discourses acknowledge diversity, both as a source of conflict and multiculturality, but they also legitimate it as a possible positive value of contemporary societies. There is an increased need to design policies that can govern diversity in a dynamic way leading to artistic creativity, growth and sustainable development. We want to address the issue of cultural diversity and sustainable development in urban settings where diversities are most present and evident. We aim at bringing diversity perspectives from all European regions by inviting proposals that look at aspects of diversity, ie both as an engine for development and as a challenge to established/majority ways of life. Case studies investigating how diversity is understood and managed leading to dynamic developments are especially welcome.