Diversity in a European context: The challenge of creating a common critical vocabulary

Katerina Strani, Gabriella Klein, Emma Hill

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This paper draws on research conducted as part of the EU-funded RADAR project (Regulating AntiDiscrimination and AntiRacism). It focuses on the need to create a common vocabulary on diversity and ‘race’ that could be shared by the nine project partners in six EU countries (Italy, Greece, UK, Poland, Finland and the Netherlands), to fulfil the project’s aims. The RADAR project deals with the complex and topical phenomena of racism and xenophobia, which involve controversial terms and expressions. These are not static, but evolve with social change and increased awareness of diversity, which makes our task even more challenging. Starting with the concept of ‘race’, which we reject as a biological category but not as a research subject, we critically examine other ‘race’-related terms of everyday use with seemingly benign, but essentially excluding and discriminatory character. Finally, we make suggestions on possible steps towards a common multilingual, multicultural approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationEurope in Discourse: Identity, Diversity, Borders
Place of PublicationNew Hampshire, USA
PublisherHellenic American University
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780997997118
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2018


  • racism
  • critical language use
  • hate communication
  • hate speech
  • migrants
  • race
  • xenophobia
  • Europe
  • intercultural
  • multilingual


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