Event Date: 11 February 2013
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck University of London
London WC1E 7Hx
Professor Jeffrey C. Alexander (Yale) – Backlash Against Multiculturalism in Europe: Struggling Over the Mode of Incorporation
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.
Introduction by Dr Eric Taylor Woods (Politics, Birkbeck)
The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism
“The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. It is an urgent issue for today.” Professor David Feldman, Director.
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 as well as other forms of racial prejudice and intolerance. It is both independent and inclusive.