Conference: Muslims, Multiculturalism and Cultural Dialogue, SOAS, 1-2 June 2013

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Conference: Muslims, Multiculturalism and Cultural Dialogue: New Directions

 

Organised by the 'Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue' project.

 

Recent high-profile interventions by politicians in the West declaring the ‘failure’ of multiculturalism have had, as their very thinly disguised context, mistrust in those Muslim communities that have been growing in Western Europe and the United States since the end of the colonial era. The sense that multiculturalism has been a flawed experiment, that ‘unintegrated’ Muslims are evidence of this, has become a truism of much journalism and media coverage too.

 

This conference brings together leading experts from across the social science/humanities divide to examine the intersections and tensions between different approaches to questions of multiculturalism and trust, and to explore the possibility of developing mutually informative interdisciplinary approaches to shed new light on this topic. The aim of the conference is to analyse current critiques of multiculturalism, measure them against other, perhaps more progressive interpretations, and consider the potential offered by lived experience and creative visions of intercultural exchange to offer new ways of envisaging multicultural experience.

 

Invited participants include: Rehana Ahmed, Claire Chambers, Sohail Daulatzai, Rumy Hasan, Salah Hassan, Tony Laden, Alana Lentin, Nasar Meer, Tariq Modood, Anshuman Mondal, Peter Morey, Stephen Morton, Jorgen Nielsen, Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Amina Yaqin.

 

This event is free, though booking is recommended.

 

Saturday, June 1st- Sunday June 2nd

 

Khalili Lecture Theatre, Russell Square Buildings, SOAS, University of London

 

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