Both theoretical and empirical papers from philosophical, historical, sociological and anthropological perspectives to understand the status quos and issues on contesting universalities and particularities in cultural and legal pluralism are welcomed in this panel.
Contesting universality and particularity in legal and cultural pluralism: an interdisciplinary approach (IUAES Commission on Legal Pluralism)Politics of cultural diversity has been in long discussion how to conceptualize and realize the rights of the peoples who belong to different categories in society. In search of peaceful co-existence, the definitions and roles of cultures have been debated both in local and global contexts. The globalization has brought universal concepts and values such as human rights and equality of gender into the local contexts. The missionaries, enterprises, international agencies and NGOs are the carrier of these universal concepts and values. These concepts and values are redefined according to the local situations and local normative orders. These processes of redefinition of both universal and particular concepts are dialectic and results in the mutual transfiguration. However, the debates on the definitions and acceptance of cultures have often brought the conflicts among various sectors and stake holders in many places of the world. In this panel, both theoretical and empirical papers from philosophical, historical, sociological and anthropological perspectives to deepen the understanding of status quos and issues on contesting universalities and particularities in cultural and legal pluralism are welcomed. The panel aims to deepen the perspective and methodologies for the realization of politics of cultural diversity based on the study of legal pluralism.