Cultural Identities and Societal Transformations

Various events in recent years have led to a context in which a certain number of the 19thand 20th-century principles of cultural identity, belonging, ownership, achievement and pride are increasingly being challenged. Not only global migration but also the creation of supranational entities such as the European Union have given rise to questions regarding what cultural identity and societal values are and how societies should deal with the increasing presence of diversity. Grassroots movements of minorities such as “Black Lives Matter” force societies to discuss and debate their interpretations of history and cultural roots. Science and art can play a vital role in leading and moderating the inevitable debates and assist societies as they undergo necessary transformations and adaptations.

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