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Kosmopolis Institute Research The Pluralism Knowledge Program 2007 - 2010: Its Role and Outcomes

The Pluralism Knowledge Program 2007 - 2010: Its Role and Outcomes

After a pilot phase in 2007, in which the Kosmopolis Institute, the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS, India) and Hivos cooperated, emphasis was first put on (1) international Pluralism Knowledge Program network building to find and integrate suitable knowledge partners and (2) on an interactive process in which a conceptual framework was further developed. A knowledge program on Pluralism was initiated, with partners from India, Indonesia and Uganda. Together with Hivos.

Kosmopolis managed the overall program on a day to day basis and carried joint responsibility for inter-regional management meetings. In the first three year cycle of the program, the Kosmopolis Institute created opportunities for international collaboration and played a leading role in terms of conceptual and methodological developments across the program. Kosmopolis served as a dialogical partner in the process of generating knowledge within the regional contexts and created possibilities for multilateral knowledge sharing within the Knowledge Program and with interested academics and institutions/organizations beyond the Pluralism Knowledge Program.

Significant outcomes of the first phase of the Knowledge Program include:

1. A solid international PKP network with committed academic - and CSO partners in all regions.

2. An annual summer school (for scholars, CSO staff and activists) and a number of (inter)national seminars and conferences.

3. The Pluralism working paper series in which experiences and ideas from all regional programs are published and shared.


4. In cooperation with its partner institutions, Kosmopolis initiated a multi-locational Pluralism PhD program, to which four Doctoral Students were admitted and registered as PhD students in the UvH Graduate School.


5. The Kosmopolis component of the PKP was integrated into the work of the multidisciplinary UvH research project on Citizenship in Intercultural Societies and hence in the overall UvH Research Program.


6. Increased international academic visibility of the PKP, e.g. by being granted associate status with the US based Harvard Program on Pluralism.


7. Several academic – and other publications and by the end of 2010, nearly completed the work on a Pluralism Tool Kit in which the theory of Civic Reason is connected with case studies developed on the basis of participating CSO practices. The tool kit provides building blocks for CSO's to rethink their strategies on their engagement with pluralism.


8. Kosmopolis was represented on the international committee which organized the 2010 Knowledge and Development Dialogue in The Hague, in which all Hivos Knowledge Programs partook. This dialogue/conference marked the finalization of the first phase of the Knowledge Program and explored the agenda for the next phase 2011 -2013.