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Social Cohesion in Times of Uncertainty

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Cumberland Lodge

Windsor

SL4 2HP

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Societies throughout Europe, North America and across the world are experiencing overlapping and interlinked political, social and economic crises that are pulling us unevenly in every direction: pressing strangers together and pulling neighbours apart, creating new forms of hate and new forms of kinship.

The effects of the 2008 financial crisis can still be felt in households worldwide, whilst the political events of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the rise of right wing populism across Europe simultaneously create intense uncertainty whilst promising security and familiarity. What do these crises, and governments’ and communities’ responses to them, mean for participation and integration? Does social cohesion have the answers to these problems? How can we make our communities and societies more cohesive?

These are amongst the pressing questions that will be tackled at the 2017 Cumberland Colloquium. Drawing upon the expertise and experience of academics, the policy community and the third sector, the event will:

  • Bring together academics, particularly postgraduate researchers and early career academics, from multiple fields in the social sciences, humanities, and human sciences.

  • Encourage dialogue between the academic community, policy stakeholders and researchers working at the forefront of policy development and analysis.

  • Contribute to, and increase the visibility of, public debate on social cohesion in times of uncertainty.

  • Develop meaningful and productive collaboration between academics and the policy community, resulting in expanded networks and cutting-edge research.

Reflecting its broad and multidisciplinary nature, the colloquium asks five central questions, each drawing upon different disciplines and policy areas:

  • What should social cohesion look like, and how should we build it?

  • How can we understand and bridge the many gaps in our society?

  • How might we re-examine the complex relation between cultural works and social cohesion?

  • How do businesses enhance or hinder social cohesion?

  • How does the politics of (in)security affect cohesion?

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