Event Date: 19 October 2018
Institute of Historical Research
Senate House University of London
London WC1E 7HU
The University of East Anglia in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and the Runnymede Trust present:
After Multiculturalism? Conversations between History and Sociology
After Multiculturalism? Conversations between History and Sociology marks the beginning of a year-long IHR seminar series on race, decolonisation and difference in postcolonial Europe. In this first session, in three dynamic conversations, established and emerging international scholars of contemporary Britain will discuss: the past and present of ‘multiculturalism’; the shifting politics of class, race and difference in post-1968 Britain; and the role and responsibilities of anti-racist scholarship. What is lost and what is gained by framing the history of post-1968 Britain as a history of multiculturalism? How do historians and sociologists differently approach the category of ‘white working class’? And what can sociologists and historians learn from each other to drive scholarship on race and difference forward? At a moment when pundits continue to pronounce that multiculturalism has ‘failed’ in Britain and across Europe, this symposium will explore the role and responsibilities of anti-racist scholarship.
Symposium co-convenors: Camilla Schofield, David Feldman and Tariq Modood.
The seminar series is funded by the British Academy and supported by the Raphael Samuel Centre.
Welcome by Camilla Schofield (University of East Anglia):
Panel 1: The Past and Present of Multiculturalism
Chair: Tariq Modood (University of Bristol)
Marc Matera (University of California, Santa Cruz) – From ‘Plural Society’ to ‘Multiculturalism’
Radhika Natarajan (Reed College) – The Imperial Origins of Multiculturalism
Sivamohan Valluvan (University of Warwick) – The Denial of Working-Class Multiculture
Panel 2: The Past and Present of Race and Class
Chair: Nicola Rollock (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Jon Lawrence (University of Exeter) – Empire, Whiteness and the Politics of Class
Satnam Virdee (University of Glasgow) – Claims-making in the Name of the White Working Class
Mike Savage (London School of Economics) – Class and Race in the Politics of Contemporary Nationalism
Panel 3: Radical Scholarship After Brexit
Chair: David Feldman (Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London)
Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary, University of London) – A Subaltern Reading of the Old Metropole
Zubaida Haque (Runnymede Trust) – The Runnymede Trust: Evidence as Activism