Book Launch and Panel Discussion on 'Advancing Multicultural Dialogues in Education'

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:00 in Discussion Forums

Date: 13th Jun 2018
Time: 18:00-20:30
Venue: SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG


  • Dr. Amina Yaqin, SOAS University of London (Chair)
  • Dr. Christine Callender, UCL Institute of Education (Keynote speaker)
  • Dr. Marlon Lee Moncrieffe, University of Brighton
  • Dorrie Chetty, University of Westminster
  • Dr. Claudette Bailey-Morrissey, Independent Consultant


The book provides a forum - like this event and the ones to follow - to keep multicultural dialogues in education audible, visual and evolving. The rationale for more dialogue on cultural diversity and multicultural education looks even more important when we look at wider domestic and international events. The idea behind the edited book was to encourage more socially inclusive and equitable debates that address contemporary issues in education. The target audience is education and the wider social sciences in both domestic and international contexts. The book's content goes beyond undergraduate and postgraduate students to teachers and professional practitioners and can be used as both a teaching and learning resource. We expect multicultural dialogues in education to continue before, during and after this event within this and wider networks who advocate continuing dialogues and multicultural educational pedagogy.

Speakers Biography

Amina Yaqin is Senior Lecturer in Urdu and Postcolonial Studies, English, School of Arts, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, SOAS. Her research interests include colonial and postcolonial literary and cultural studies. She is co-author (with Peter Morey) of Framing Muslims: stereotyping and representation after 9/11 (Harvard University Press) and co-editor of Muslims, Trust and Multiculturalism: New Directions (Palgrave MacMillan) and Culture, Diaspora and Modernity in Muslim Writing (Routledge). She has edited a special issue on the Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz and co-edited a special issue on 'Muslims in the Frame'. Her articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Interventions, Comparative Critical Studies, Fashion Theory and Journal of Women’s History. She has served as the Director of the Centre for the Study of Pakistan and co-Director of the Centre for Gender Studies. She was Co-Director of the AHRC funded International Research Network Framing Muslims from 2007-2010 and for ‘Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue’ a research project funded by the Research Councils UK. Her new co-edited book Contesting Islamophobia: Anti-Muslim prejudice in Media, Culture, and Politics is forthcoming with I.B Tauris. She is currently working on her monograph.

Christine Callender is a Lecturer in Education at UCL Institute of Education, London and a Senior Fellow of the HEA. She has worked in schools, colleges and in the higher education sector for over 20 years and has undertaken consultancies nationally and internationally. Christine is the co-convenor of the BELMAS Race and Leadership Research Interest Group and her research interests are in the areas of race, equality and diversity in teacher education, the experiences of BME males in teaching, race and leadership and the use of critical race theory as a theoretical, methodological and analytic lens for examining race in education.

Claudette Bailey-Morrissey is an independent consultant and careers leader. She began her career as a teacher in the secondary school sector and throughout the 19 years of her career she held senior and middle leadership roles including that of an Assistant Headteacher, Leadership Coach and Head of Faculty, working with teachers and middle leaders to develop their leadership skills and capabilities. Claudette is an advocate for women school leaders and is a coach on the Women Leading in Education programme. She completed her Doctorate in Education in December 2015 and is passionate about sharing the findings from her research to empower others.

Dorrie Chetty is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Westminster. She is currently teaching on London Lives: Migrant London, Youth Culture and Identity, Crossing borders and boundaries: Migration and Identity - all integrating diversity and multiculturalism. Her teaching took her to Panjab University in 2016 where her understanding of diversity and difference was challenged. Dorrie is particularly concerned with migrant identities and social inclusion, having contributed to public debates on this topic, including on BBC Radio. She works closely with migrant organisations and has founded the Westminster Migration Network group, for the purposes of countering dominant political and media discourses of migration. The network consists of academics, journalists, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, migrant organisations as well as migrants. Other areas of research interests include Memory, Identity, and Transition in migrant narratives, Tourism, Gender and Development. Dorrie is currently researching the impact of regeneration on ethnic minorities.

Marlon Moncrieffe is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the School of Education, University of Brighton. He is a former Primary School Assistant Headteacher. He teaches Education Studies across Initial Teacher Education programmes, and he supervises MA and EdD research dissertations. His research uses narrative inquiry as a methodology, particularly to uncover the life-histories of minority-ethnic group British people whose life-stories have been marginalized from British history. He places those marginalized life-histories in juxtaposition with dominant discourses and narratives of British history to promote a critical consciousness, in seeking to advance the potential of teaching and learning about the Race Equality. His current research is entitled: ‘Made in Britain’: Uncovering the Life History of Black British Champions in Cycling.