Backlash Against Multiculturalism in Europe
Monday, 11 February 2013 at 18:30 (GMT)
Backlash Against Multiculturalism in Europe: Struggling Over the Mode of Incorporation
Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism in partnership with Department of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London
Speaker: Professor Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale University
Date: 11 February 2013
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, London WC1 7HX. Room 421, Torrington Square main entrance
In this talk, Professor Alexander, one of the world’s leading social theorists, seeks to analyse the on-going conflict among the dominant majority groups in Europe over how immigrant groups, particularly Muslims, should be incorporated into the civil sphere. Alexander is particularly concerned with shedding light on the growing antipathy to multiculturalism.
Jeffrey C. Alexander is the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University and Co-Director, Center for Cultural Sociology. He is one of the world’s most prominent social theorists and a leading proponent of meaning-centred analysis in the social sciences. Recent books include: Trauma: A Social Theory (Polity, 2012); The Performance of Politics: Obama’s Victory and the Democratic Struggle for Power (Oxford, 2010) and The Civil Sphere (Oxford, 2006), which considers gender, race and religion, as well as new theorizing about social movements and incorporation.
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Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London
The Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism was established by the Pears Foundation and is based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism and racism. It is both independent and inclusive. www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk