The International Research Training Group (IRTG) "Diversity" proposes an innovative research program in the contested fields of diversity, multiculturalism, and transnationalism by examining paradigmatic changes and historical transformations in interpreting multicultural realities in North America (Québec and Canada in particular) and Europe (Germany and France in particular) since the 18th century. Through the transversal analytic lenses of politics, practices, and narratives, the IRTG investigates the mediation and translation of cultural differences in micro-, meso- and macro-level empirical constellations. On the theoretical level, the IRTG will help to untangle the conceptual confusions characterizing the current state of debate and contribute an empirically saturated, historicized operationalization of core concepts such as diversity, transculturalism, and space.



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