[Oxford] Debating Multiculturalism, Panel Discussion 2 – The End of Multiculturalism? A Riposte

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford Pusey St., OXFORD, OX1 2LB

Dr Ben Pitcher

Westminster University

Dr Ed Turner

Lecturer in Politics, Aston University

Prof Paul Weller

Universities of Coventry and Derby, and Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford

This event is the second discussion in the ‘Debating Multiculturalism’ panel discussion series. Four discussions led by prominent academics and practitioners will explore and evaluate multiculturalism as an ideology and political project. Should multiculturalism be jettisoned for failing to guard against social fragmentation and extremism? Or is it the only path to a truly inclusive and harmonious society? The series will look at criticisms of multiculturalism along with the case for it, considering its place in the future of the United Kingdom.

In this discussion principal speaker Prof Paul Weller will dispute the claim that multiculturalism has failed and should be abandoned. Along with three additional expert speakers and other guests, he will be addressing the following questions:

  • Does the ‘state multiculturalism’ criticized by David Cameron bear responsibility for instances of social fragmentation and extremism?
  • Is multiculturalism compatible with social cohesion?
  • What would be gained, and lost, by abandoning multiculturalism?
  • How could multiculturalism be developed to address the main criticisms of it?