Editors: Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair and Cosimo Zene
About: Arvind-Pal Mandair was co-author of the Introduction to this collection of articles in a special issue of the journal Social Identities. These essays were presented in two separate panels of the international conference on ‘Dialogue and Difference’ which took place at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies between 12 and 14 September 2001. The idea behind these panels respectively entitled ‘Is it Good to Talk?: Refusals of Dialogue’ and ‘Dialogues Between Cultures and Civilizations’ was to draw attention to the fact that for some dialogue may not exist even in the middle of a conversation or under the circumstances created by contemporary globalization.