1st International COER Colloquium
Florence, Italy, July 7-9, 2006

“Addressing Ethnicity: Theory, Practice, Policy”

What theoretical models of ethnicity afford the best understanding of its dynamics? What practices best accommodate ethnic differences and ensure constructive group relations? What social policies facilitate ethnic integration and best assuage potential intergroup conflict? Are successful approaches linked to the specific settings in which they emerge or can they be generalizable? Can theoretical models be translated into constructive policy recommendations? Can application outcomes be predicted?


organized and convened by
E. L. Cerroni-Long

COER Chairperson

Venue & Structure

The venue was the Palazzo Nonfinito in central Florence (via del Proconsolo 12) , site of the Institute of Anthropology, whose Director, Professor Brunetto Chiarelli, generously offered hospitality for the meeting.

The structure of the Colloquium involved the participation of expert observers and invited speakers. Speakers were allocated 30 minutes for their presentations, which were grouped by topic in sets of two or three. At the conclusion of each set of presentations colloquium participants were invited to respond, leading to plenary discussion sessions.


(alphabetical list)

Barrett, Stanley (University of Guelph, Canada)
Cerroni-Long, E. L. (Eastern Michigan University, USA)
De Beer, F. C. (University of South Africa, South Africa)
de Jongh, Michael (University of South Africa, South Africa)
Delacourt, Jan (IUAES Commission on Women, Italy)
Godina, Vesna (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Hirano, Yuki (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
Jaramillo, Lina (Ufficio Pastorale Migranti, Turin, Italy)
Manger, Leif (University of Bergen, Norway)
Operti, Laura (Comitato oltre il Razzismo, Turin, Italy)
Pardo, Italo (University of Kent, UK)
Prato, Giuliana (University of Kent, UK)
Stenou, Katerina (UNESCO, France)
Vaglio, Stefano (University of Florence, Italy)
Vancata, Vaclav (Charles University, Czech Republic)
Vancatova, Marina (Charles University, Czech Republic)
and, ex officio
Chiarelli, Brunetto, IUAES Vice-President (University of Florence, Italy)


Friday, July 7, 2006

13:00 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:00
  Welcome and Introductions
15:00 - 17:00
  • “Ethnicity and Cultural Rights”
    E. L. Cerroni-Long
  • “From Victims of Racism to Protagonists of Development”
    Jan Delacourt
  Responses & Discussion

Saturday, July 8, 2006

9:00 - 12:00
  • "Identity Politics and the Politics of Identity"
    Michael de Jongh
  • "Orania: Experiment in Futility or Dawn of Afrikaner Self-Determination"
    F.C. De Beer
  • "Understanding the Ethnic Situation in the Nuba Mountains of the Sudan"
    Leif Manger
  Responses & Discussion
14:00 - 17:00
  • "Supra-Ethnic Identity in Multi-Ethnic Societies"
    Vesna Godina
  • "Race Relations and Public Policy in Rural Ontario"
    Stanley Barrett
  Closing Reception

Sunday, July 9, 2006

10:00 - 12:00

Summary & Plenary Discussion

12:00 - 13:00