General Outline of "Ethnic and Cultural Dimensions of Knowledge"
- What is the impact of schools and universities on the evolution of cultural identities? What is the relation between ethnicity, cultural identity and educational attainment? How can educational institutions contribute toward the integration or assimilation of immigrants? What methods have been used to destroy the particular knowledge of cultural minorities? How are cultural identities constructed and presented?
- What do different cultures consider as knowledge? How did different cultures receive and value (western) scientific knowledge? The role of indigenous knowledge.
- What socioeconomic and cultural factors influence the spatial diffusion of literacy? What are the interrelations between literacy and socioeconomic development? What factors inhibit modernization in countries with a low degree of literacy? What are the differences between literate and oral cultures?
- Causes and consequences of regional disparities in computer literacy. Is there a new digital gap, which leads to disparities between regions and societal categories, to new constellations of power and to new dependencies?