Multiculturalising National Identities: British Exceptionalism?
As part of the the international and interdisciplinary conference 'Living Together in Diversity. National Societies in the Multicultural Age', Tariq Modood (University of Bristol) will offer a lecture titled ‘Multiculturalising National Identities’: British Exceptionalism? Prof. Modood is one of the main contributors to the current debate on multicultural societies, both within the academia and on mass-media. He is the founding Director of the Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol and co-founding editor of the international journal, Ethnicities. Among his publications: Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity and Muslims in Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2005), Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea (Polity, 2007) and Still Not Easy Being British: Struggles for a Multicultural Citizenship (Trentham Books, 2010); and as co-editor, Multiculturalism, Muslims and Citizenship: A European Approach (Routledge, 2006), Secularism, Religion and Multicultural Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and European Multiculturalisms: Cultural, Religious and Ethnic Challenges (Edinburgh University Press, 2011). His talk will address the importance of re-making national identities to create more inclusive societies. Although mainly centered on the United Kingdom, his talk will also analyze the feasibility of this approach for other national societies. The event will be chaired by Tatiana Matejskova (CEU, Sociology & Anthropology).