The City for the Cultures of Peace: International Interdisciplinary Institute emerged as international research network from a series of conferences and seminars about marginalization as a political, economic, social, and cultural phenomenon. See: The Pervasiveness of Politics, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, France, 1994-1995; Patterns of Exclusion: An International Conference, 1995; Forms and Dynamics of Exclusion, UNESCO, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and the University of Paris 7-Denis Diderot, Paris, France, 1997; lectures and seminars held in Washington DC, USA, 1998, and at the University of Ottawa, Canada, 1999, 2000. See: Areas of Research; Activities: Chronology.
The City for the Cultures of Peace was initiated by Amy Colin and co-founded by an international group of scholars, scientists, and artists whose work and endeavors not only address key concerns of contemporary societies, but also inscribe into people’s mind the idea that respect for the other and mutual recognition are the basis for peaceful human coexistence. The City was the founders’ response to the violence and the war that overshadowed the twentieth century. The network was first called Cité de la Paix, but later changed its name in order to respond to the UNO and UNESCO call for a “culture of peace,” while emphasizing the significance of a plurality of cultures of peace.