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Web Documentary Participation as a Basis for Intercultural and Social Engagement and Second Language Acquisition

Isabel Rivero-Vilá

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Foreign language documentary films offer limitless possibilities for language teaching and are an ideal medium for the integration of the target culture and for the promotion of serious and committed discussions about human rights, diversity, global issues, and sustainability. Language learning is based on current cultural contexts so that students become more engaged with the world. In order to integrate this world into my class, I became a documentary filmmaker and filmed everyday life while I was living in Nantes, France. In my interactive documentary (i-doc), students can explore the different opportunities that Nantes has to offer, from street art to socially engaged activities and student demonstrations. The learner watches and listens to interviews in the i-doc at their own pace and engages with the francophone community.

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“No more Potsdam!” Konrad Adenauer's Nightmare and the Basis of his International Orientation

Jost Dülffer

The years of Adenauer's chancellorship 1949-1963 were an extremely violent and anxiety laden period in recent history. Adenauer himself tried to combine as basic aims Western integration and German unification, but the latter more and more became a matter of lip-service for the time being for domestic reasons. The article focused on his Potsdam complex which meant the fear that the Western allies and the Soviet Union might find a solution of the German question without unification or in a kind of neutralism. In the course of the 1950ies and especially during the Berlin Wall crisis 1958-1962, Adenauer's course became more and more isolated because he tried to prevent all talks on relaxation of tensions, but also on the German question: both might lead to a status minor and the FRG especially. The author demonstrates how this process of isolation in the domestic as well as in the international field diminished the authority of the first chancellor of the FRG. He nevertheless continued to adhere to the necessary dichotomy of the Cold War camps with being able to formulate a diverging line. It is suggested that these questions of alternatives to the Cold War, given the mutual anxiety of the two camps should be used as a starting point for further research.

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The (Severe) Limits of Deliberative Democracy as the Basis for Political Choice

Gerald F. Gaus

This essay analyses optimal voting rules for one form of deliberative democracy. Drawing on public choice analysis, it is argued that (i) the voting rule that best institutionalises deliberative democracy is a type of a supermajority rule. Deliberative democracy is also committed to (ii) the standard neutrality condition according to which if x votes are enough to select alternative A, x votes must be enough to select not-A. Taken together, these imply that deliberative democracy will often be indeterminate. This result shows that deliberative democracy is ill-equipped to provide guidance as to how actual political disputes are to be legitimately resolved.

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A Critique of Liberal Universalism

The Concept of Secular Philosophical Grounding

Jaan S. Islam

arguments. Cosmopolitan approaches to global ethics in the modern scholarship can be divided roughly in the following divisions. To begin, there is a loosely associated group that promotes the concept of intersociative norms and legal consensus as the basis

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Pan-African Linguistic and Cultural Unity

A Basis For pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance

Simphiwe Sesanti

Egyptian civilisation (ibid). Later, others migrated to the West and the South of Africa, building the civilisations of Ghana, Nok-Ifé, Zimbabwe and others (ibid). This common origin of the African people serves as a basis for the argument of a ‘common

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Individualization and Ethnopedagogy at Small Elementary Schools

Components of Vocational Training for University Tutors

Nikolai Neustroev, Anna Neustroeva, Tuyaara Shergina, and Jenanne K. Ferguson

Education of the Personality of the Citizen of Russia (2009), the Strategy of the State National Policy of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2025, and the act based on the Federal Program on the Basis of State Cultural Policy “Strengthening the

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Introduction

Colin Shindler

instead to a profound intellectual endeavor that indicates Israel Studies is an area worthy of academic research. Hundreds of academics from all over Europe—and beyond—now participate in dynamic discourse on a regular basis. Moreover, there has been

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Reclaiming Meillassoux for the age of financialization

Hadas Weiss

. Meillassoux wrote primarily about precapitalist agricultural communities, but in sketching on their basis a model of social reproduction that incorporates social investments and powers, and in foregrounding the reproductive orders by which capitalism sustains

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Can Koselleck Travel? Theory of History and the Problem of the Universal

Margrit Pernau

diverge. On the other hand, this is not a call for limiting the scope of a theory to the empirical problem on the basis of which it was created or for dumping it all together in the name of the fragment and of radical incommensurability. This would not

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Liberalism in Israel

Between the ‘Good Person’ and the ‘Bad Citizen’

Menachem Mautner

result, the processes of integration between Ashkenazim and Mizrahim in Israel have only partially succeeded, as is evidenced by socio-economic data. This has had an impact on the basis of support for liberalism in Israel, with lower-class Mizrahim