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Debating Multiculturalism

A conference at the University of Surrey is to analyse the future of cultural coexistence on 26 and 27 June.


Where is multiculturalism headed? This is the question that experts will attempt to answer at the conference The Future of Multiculturalism: Structures, Integration Policies and Practices, to be held at the University of Surrey.

The conference stems from the observation that multiculturalism as a policy to achieve cultural diversity in contemporary societies is under threat from the national policies and rhetoric that are being adopted throughout Europe.

Thus, public concern over the impact of immigration on society is driving politicians towards ideas of assimilation as opposed to integration and cultural coexistence.This is a step in the wrong direction for progress that has already been made in this field.

Ted Cantle

With this in mind, the conference will analyse the recent attacks on multiculturalism in several countries, the impact of national and international policies , the effects of radicalism and political violence, and the diverse forms of multiculturalism that are found in Europe. It will also include an analysis of the current situation and critiques of multiculturalism.

Alongside this, the talks will also address the necessary responses to immigration, focusing on legal, economic and political solutions to achieve optimum cultural coexistence.

Two of the more distinguished speakers to attend the conference will be Professor Ted Cantle, CBE (Institute of Community Cohesion, Coventry University), and Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh (University of Westminster).

Lord Bhikhu Parekh

The event is organised by the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM) at the University of Surrey, together with the Migration Research Unit (MRU) and University College London (UCL).

The conference will be held at the University of Surrey on 26 and 27 June. For more information, visit:


(Translated by Alex Thomas – Email: )

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