Cultural diversity

Publications and Studies

Construire les amériques - «l’américanité: identité continentale et diversité culturelle»

Colloque international organisé par le Centre Études internationales et mondialisation (CEIM)

Rapport préliminaire préparé par Mmes Alexandra Ricard-Guay, Marie-France Loranger et Emmanuelle Sauriol

Institut d’études internationales de Montréal, 5-7 novembre 2003 - 2003/11/5-7

A debate was held during this international symposium on the theme “Americanity: hemispheric identity and cultural diversity.” Participants were asked to reflect on ways of conceiving hemispheric integration above and beyond the economic dimension, and especially on ways of envisaging “Americanity” in a context of economical, political, and cultural asymmetry. From a political and cultural standpoint, participants agreed that imaginary constructs of a hemispheric identity in the Americas draw upon cultural diversity; they are based upon heterogeneous societies rather than an affiliation with any single, homogenous ethnic group. Mr. Jorge Larrain of Alberto Hurtado University in Chile affirms that the real obstacle to the emergence of a Pan-American identity is the development gap between countries of the hemisphere, not cultural diversity. Professor Ivan Bernier of Laval University in Québec City concurs, arguing that the construction of a regional Latin American identity is in fact a way of protecting cultural diversity. Ms Amaryll Chanady of Université de Montréal reaches a similar conclusion and affirms that cultural diversity could actually serve as the cornerstone of a continental identity. (Available in French only)