We require a revived, authentic engagement with each other as human beings. Thus recognising our differences and focusing on what unites us. No insidious witch-hunt or blaming the victim. Forgetting this simple idea and we risk sinking ever deeper into the multiple crises that afflict Europe and the world stage at large.
Refugees are not the problem. Click here for more on this topic. The way we treat children should be a measure of how developed and sophisticated our values actually are. The post-Jungle fiasco underlines how wrong we repeatedly get it.
DiEM25 remains committed to the humanisation of the European polity. The Enlightened city research agenda sees humanisation as a necessary component of progressive urban and regional renewal at the core of a revitalized Europe.
The overall aim of the ENLIGHTEN project is to generate novel approaches to achieve spatial justice and territorial cohesion through progressive regeneration in Europe of the 21st century. Through transnational migration and increased mobility on a planetary scale, more people now belong simultaneously to two or more societies than at any time in human history. Ensuring that people of diverse cultures and heritages can live together in spaces of tolerance, with fair access to resources and life chances, presents a formidable and growing challenge for policy-makers at all levels.
Academic and policy literatures are replete with studies of social justice and the right to the city, despite a great deal of attention to “ghettos” or “banlieues” in France, too little is known about how to manage and mitigate spatial injustices across European urban and regional space. The absence of studies that fully integrate questions of religious identity, adherence and relation with secular identities in urban politics and governance are a major oversight.
To advance this agenda our ambitious project centres on the notion of the “enlightened city”, conceived as interrelations between postsecularity, radical difference and sustainability. The distinctive empirical focus is on progressive postsecular politics of hope, spatial justice and urban regeneration within a regional context. The project consists of a partnership representing 10 countries, with eight universities and two carefully selected non-profit organizations. We understand postsecularity as the recognition that modern societies once considered fully secular have entered into a process of accommodating and managing diverse value systems and inequalities including people of faith and no-faith. This development is particularly visible in urban and regional Europe.