Roundtable Discussion and Book Launch on ‘British Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation’

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Dr Lasse Thomassen

Queen Mary University of London

Dr Simon Thompson

University of the West of England

Dr Varun Uberoi

Brunel University London

Prof Heidi Safia Mirza

Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London; Emeritus professor at UCL Institute of Education

Professor Heidi Safia Mirza is a Professor of Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London and is an emeritus professor at UCL Institute of Education. Much of her research focuses on race, multiculturalism, Islamophobia, and gendered violence.

What is the connection between inclusion, exclusion, and identity? In British Multiculturalism and the Politics of Representation, Dr Lasse Thomassen argue that the politics of inclusion and identity should be studied as struggles over the representations of the identities involved. The argument is developed through analyses of cases from the last four decades of British multiculturalism, including Gordon Brown’s and David Cameron’s different versions of Britishness, legal cases about religious symbols and clothing in schools, public debates about the role of religion in British society, and a novel by Nick Hornby. Thomassen will illustrate the argument of the book with the case of the head of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman’s comments about banning the hijab in schools and the sexualisation of school girls.

Chaired by Heidi Safia Mirza.