Community Engagement Dinner: ‘Exploring Sense of Belonging in Britain’

Sun, 02 Mar 2014 19:00 in Community Engagement

Where: Hilton Hotel, 100 Watering Lane Collingtree, Northampton, NN4 0XW
Date: 2nd March 2014
Time: 19.00

Speakers:

  • Dr Chris Gifford, Head of Department, Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield
  • Tom Fisher, Policy and Development Consultant, Center for Social Relations, Coventry University
  • Sadik Cinar, Branch Director, Dialogue Society Birmingham

Abstract

The Dialogue Society Northampton Branch organises annual Community Engagement Dinners, to foster dialogue and understanding between diverse people in Northampton and the surrounding area. The dinners bring together community leaders from different backgrounds, policy makers and the wider public to get to know one another over dinner and to reflect together on important social issues. People of diverse religions and of no religion are invited to attend.

The theme of this 8th Annual Community Dialogue Dinner is “Exploring Sense of Belonging in Britain”. Three distinguished speakers, will give their reflections on the question, providing food for thought for the whole gathering. Discussion will continue among the diverse group of guests at each table.

Biography of Dr Chris Gifford

Dr Chris Gifford joined the University of Huddersfield in 2006 and became Head of Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences in 2011. He is a political sociologist and his research and writing explores the impact of global and trans-national conditions on states, citizenship and politics. He completed his doctorate at the London School of Economics on the subject of Britain and European Integration and has gone on to publish widely in this area. He is interested in what makes the UK stand out in its relations to, and with, the European Union and its history as a Eurosceptic state.

Chris’s interest in how global and European developments are mediated by policies and processes at the national level informs his work on citizenship. He has completed comparative work on citizenship education with colleagues from Europe and Japan. He is an Executive Committee Member of the European Thematic Network CiCe (Children’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe) and, its sister association, CiCea. He is a member of the British Sociological Association and the Political Studies Association. At Huddersfield, Chris works alongside colleagues as part of the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences and the Academy for the Study of Britishness.

Biography of Tom Fisher

Tom graduated with Honours in Politics and European Studies from Nottingham Trent University in 2007 having researched specifically into the areas of European people trafficking and global political leadership. Tom’s career to date has been focussed on local government community cohesion policy, specialising in the integration and inclusion of people with mental health difficulties and people with learning disabilities.

Tom has also worked previously in economic development in the Midlands, developing small rural businesses, and he is currently working towards gaining a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Tom’s work at iCoCo looks to ensure that current affairs, political policy and good practice inform the work of the Institute. He is also responsible for areas of business development activity through engagement with funding bodies and partners to create opportunities and expand the work of iCoCo.

Biography of Sadik Cinar

Sadik is a graduate of Hacettepe University, Ankara, (BA, Business Management). Sadik has been an active volunteer within the Turkish speaking community for the past 7 years. He has been involved in founding various charities. Sadik is also co-director of “BRIDGE” (Building Real Intercultural Dialogue through Grundtvig Experience) programme funded by European Union. Sadik is working for his own tutoring company. Born and raised in Turkey, Sadik is married and has one son.

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