The mission of the Centre is to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary research on ethnocultural diversity. By drawing on the talents and resources of researchers from all three Faculties at Acadia University, the Centre brings into dialogue in productive new ways the theories and methodologies of a wide range of disciplines. The scope of research embraces all levels of the global, societal, cultural and personal over time and in different locales. The Centre's work is underwritten by the conviction that advances in the understanding of ethnocultural diversity can promote a positive appreciation of such diversity, enhance intercultural communication, and help overcome the inequality and injustice that historically marginalized ethnocultural communities have often faced in dominant cultures. The Centre continues Acadia's long tradition (since the 1830s) of respect for religious and other forms of ethnocultural diversity.
Our Research Plan
During the second phase of development (2012-2017), the Centre will focus on studies in:
- The existing ethnocultural diversity in Atlantic Canada, including long-term, historically rooted ethnocultural communities (e.g. Acadian, Aboriginal, African, Irish) as well as newer and emerging immigrant ethnocultural communities (e.g. Lebanese, refugees).
- Existing and emerging networks and social organizations within and between ethnocultural communities in Atlantic Canada.
- Dimensions of diversity within diverse ethno-cultures in Atlantic Canada (e.g. by gender, class, age, religion).
- The impact of ethnocultural diversity in Atlantic Canada (economic, political, social, popular and high culture).
- Comparative analyses of dimensions of ethno-cultural diversity in Atlantic Canada, the whole of Canada, the USA and the rest of the world.
- Effective education and public policy for the understanding and promotion of ethnocultural diversity and the development of pedagogies and curricula of internationalization.
- Effective transitional education for recently arrived/incoming post-secondary, secondary, primary school students (ESL and multiculturalism).