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acceptlogoThe research project is co-funded within the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (call SSH-2009-3.3.1 “Tolerance and cultural diversity”).

Project duration: March 2010 –May 2013 (39 months)


Chief coordinator: prof. Anna Triandafyllidou Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (European University Institute)

Polish coordinator: prof. dr hab. Michał Buchowski (contact: mbuch(at)amu.edu.pl)

Main executor: mgr Katarzyna Chlewińska (Research assistant)




  1. Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), Athens, Greece
  2. European University Institute, Florence, Italy
  3. University of Bristol, Great Britain
  4. University of Milan, Italy
  5. Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
  6. International Centre for the Study of Minority Relations (IMIR), Sofia, Bulgaria
  7. Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey
  8. Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (SCIENCES PO), Paris, France
  9. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
10. University of Stockholm, Sweden
11. European University Viadrina, Frankfurt a.O., Germany
12. University College Dublin, Ireland
13. University of Aarhus, Denmark
14. Romanian Academic Society (SAR), Romania
15. Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), Brussels, Belgium
16. Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, Nicosia, Cyprus
17. Banlieues d’Europe, Lyon, France
18. Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Project description:

The ACCEPT PLURALISM project addresses the need to explore and understand tolerance of ethnic, racial and religious diversity in European societies and seeks to identify key messages for policy makers.

The work starts from a distinction between liberal tolerance (not interfering with practices or ways of life of a person even if one disapproves of them) and egalitarian tolerance referring to institutional arrangements and public policies that fight negative stereotyping, promote positive inclusive identities and re-organise the public space in ways that accommodate diversity.

In particular the project analyses:

• What kinds of tolerance exist in practice in 14 EU Member States and one accession country.

• What tolerance means. What is the relationship between concepts such as multiculturalism, liberalism, pluralism, and national heritage?

• What kind of conflicts arise in European societies with regard to ethnic and religious diversity. What views and practices are—and are not—tolerated, accepted and respected.

• What kind of institutional arrangements have been put forth by different actors when there is a conflict. How successful they have been.

• What kind of policies and practices need to be developed for European societies to become more respectful of cultural diversity.

Based on this analysis the project will produce key messages for European and national policy makers, civil society, and minority groups.

The project ACCEPT PLURALISM covers a wide range of European countries:

• Western European states with a long experience in receiving and incorporating immigrant minorities: Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, UK.

• ‘New’ migrant host countries: Greece, Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Ireland.

• Central European countries that have recently joined the EU: Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, and Turkey, an associated state, all countries that mostly experience emigration rather than immigration but are also characterised by a significant variety of native minority populations.

The project’s website: http://www.accept-pluralism.eu/Home.aspx