Art and Intercultural Dialogue in Iceland

Applied ICDThe Reykjavik City Library in Iceland has started an  initiative called ‘Beyond Words’ using art to foster intercultural dialogue. This was developed by Martyna Karolina Daniel, project organiser and the library’s specialist in intercultural affairs.

Martyna and her colleagues are committed to making the city’s libraries a safe haven for all Icelanders, whether native or immigrant and a place where cross-cultural dialogue can take place.

The library is offering a variety of art workshops, making available a wide range of foreign-language books, and using more symbols in their signage in response to linguistic differences. They also offer storytelling in multiple languages, inviting community members to read books in any language they know, and invite extended families to participate. And they co-sponsored a Story Circle Map of Iceland, painted 2013 by 35 women who have participated in Women’s Story Circle, coming from 18 countries to live in Iceland. To make the panting they used the method of the indigenous people of Australia, which entails that many work together to create artworks.

For further information, see: 

Askham, Poppy. (2020, July 21). Beyond words: Reykjavík’s city libraries use art to foster interculturalism. The Reykjavik Grapevine.

Migration and Integration Podcasts

PostdocsMatching the earlier list of podcasts relating to diversity and anti-racism, this is a list of podcasts on topics relating to migration and integration around the world.

The Migration Podcast from IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe, the EU network of 55 organizations)

The field of migration and mobility studies is vast and has grown exponentially over the past decades. At the same time, migration and fears of the foreign dominate public discourse around the world. To make sense of the movement of people, this podcast explores the latest in migration and mobility research globally. Providing a platform for migration scholars to speak about their projects, ideas and insights, The Migration Podcast aims to publicize and render more accessible what happens inside of universities around the world.

Migration Policy Institute Podcasts from MPI

The Migration Policy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide.

CMS Podcast from Center for Migration Studies

The Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) is a think tank and an educational institute devoted to the study of international migration, to the promotion of understanding between immigrants and receiving communities, and to public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees and newcomers.

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Podcasts from SOAS, University of London

Lectures given as part of the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies joint seminar series are now available as podcasts through SOAS Radio. SOAS University of London is the leading Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

For more ideas on podcasts, see also 5 Great Podcasts About Migration and Social Inclusion.

For related reading, see Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue,  #16: Migration, and #15: Cultural Pluralism.