Successful collaboration begins with a shared language, hence the need for a glossary. This joint effort of contributors from several teams ensures, on the one hand, terminological and conceptual coherence across not only our theoretical approaches, but also the qualitative case studies and quantitative research conducted in OPPORTUNITIES. On the other hand, our glossary facilitates communication between the academic side of the project and the fieldwork conducted by NGOs, uniting our teams working from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Mauritania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Senegal.

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The notion of conviviality emerged within the context of the ‘war on terror’ in post-9/11 Europe and is associated with British cultural studies scholar Paul Gilroy. ‘Tapping’ into the advantages of multiculturalism, conviviality refers to processes of cohabitation in which multicultural and intercultural interactions are considered an ordinary feature of social life (see Gilroy 2005). Conviviality does not imply the absence of racism, rather it shifts focus away from the limitations and anxieties associated with cultural and racial difference to the possibility of interactions premised on a cosmopolitan outlook and on mutual regard for a basic sameness of human beings.

⇢ see also: Common groundFair dialogueLevel Telling Field, Solidarity (with migrants), Welcome culture

References and further reading:

Gilroy, Paul. 2005. Postcolonial Melancholia. New York: Columbia University Press.

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