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After Multiculturalism? Conversations between History and Sociology

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After Multiculturalism? Conversations between History and Sociology

University of East Anglia in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London and the Runnymede Trust

Speakers include: Omar Khan, Runnymede Trust; Kennetta Hammond Perry, De Montfort University; Bill Schwarz, Queen Mary, University of London and Satnam Virdee, University of Glasgow

Date: 19 October 2018

Location: Institute of Historical Research (Wolfson Room 1), Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU

Time: 12:00pm to 5:30pm (with lunch from 11.45am)

After Multiculturalism? Conversations between History and Sociology marks the beginning of a year-long IHR seminar series on race, decolonisation and difference in postcolonial Europe. In this first session, in three dynamic conversations, established and emerging international scholars of contemporary Britain will discuss: the past and present of ‘multiculturalism’; the shifting politics of class, race and difference in post-1968 Britain; and the role and responsibilities of anti-racist scholarship. What is lost and what is gained by framing the history of post-1968 Britain as a history of multiculturalism? How do historians and sociologists differently approach the category of ‘white working class’? And what can sociologists and historians learn from each other to drive scholarship on race and difference forward? At a moment when pundits continue to pronounce that multiculturalism has ‘failed’ in Britain and across Europe, this symposium will explore the role and responsibilities of anti-racist scholarship.

Symposium co-convenors: Camilla Schofield and Tariq Modood.

The seminar series is funded by the British Academy and supported by the Raphael Samuel Centre.


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