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Multiculturalism and after? conference at Bournemouth University

25 January 2013 — 25 January 2013 Bournemouth University

A free conference at Bournemouth University (BU) will examine the changing nature of multiculturalism in Britain and what it means for society.

 The Multiculturalism and after? conference will take place at BU’s Executive Business Centre, in Lansdowne, on Friday 25th January.

 It has been organised by BU’s Media School, and leading social commentators and experts will discuss the future of social cohesion in Britain.

 The event will be chaired by Professor Stephen Jukes, Dean of BU’s Media School, and will cover issues including where the major fault lines in society lie today, and if an inclusive public sphere can be created in the age of social media.

 Professor Ted Cantle CBE, who set up the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo Foundation) will talk about the idea of ‘interculturalism’ as a successor to multiculturalism, and The Times’ columnist David Aaronovitch, will discuss how politicians and the media use the word 'multiculturalism'.

Other speakers at the conference are Jamie Bartlett, of think-tank Demos; Professor Ann Phoenix of the Institute of Education; and Jasvinder Sanghera of charity KarmaNirvana, which helps victims of forced marriages and honour-based violence.

  Barry Richards, Professor in Public Communication at BU, has helped organise the event.   He said: “The idea of Multiculturalism has been very influential in shaping responses to the changing nature of Britain’s population.

"But what is it exactly, and how effective has it been in providing a vision of Britain’s future, and a framework for policy? Where do we go from here?  

“The Media School is happy to be hosting this public event at which a panel of experts from different fields will offer different views on these big questions for Britain today.”  

The Multiculturalism and after? conference is open to all, and the event is free – although registration is essential.  

The conference doors will open with tea and coffee at 12.30pm, and the final session will close at 5.30pm.  

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