The Network for Research on Multiculturalism and Societal Interaction (MCnet) started its activities in the Fall of 2010 with strategic funding by the University of Turku.
The University of Turku has a long tradition in conducting internationally significant research on migration, cross-cultural encounters, transmission of cultural influences, multilingualism, ethnicity, identities, popular culture, subcultures, social exclusion, and questions relating to minority and citizenship issues. However, research has been scattered in different faculties and departments of the University.
This research network aims to create and strengthen connections between researchers and experts working in different disciplines, as well as increase dissemination of information between them. The goal is to advance research; the network specifically emphasizes the importance of a multidisciplinary approach. Among other activities, the research network organizes conferences and seminars. The network is closely intertwined with the FiDiPro project “Multiculturalism as a New Pathway to Incorporation”, funded by the Academy of Finland (for more information, please visit http://fidipro.multicult.utu.fi/) and Nordic research network “Generations, Multiculturalism and Nordic Identity”, financed by Nordforsk (for more information, please visit http://mcgen.utu.fi/).
Research on processes of cultural and societal interaction has been defined as one of the rising research fields by the University of Turku during the current strategy period. For more information (in Finnish), please visit http://www.utu.fi/faktat/strategia/Turun_yliopiston_strategia_2010-2012.pdf.
The MCnet is coordinated by a multidisciplinary board.
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