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Debating Multiculturalism


Konya, Turkey

16–22 April 2012

Organisers: Dialogue Society Leeds Branch

Leeds Metropolitan University (UK) and Mevlana University (Turkey)



The Dialogue Society, Leeds Branch, in collaboration with Leeds Metropolitan University (UK) and Mevlana University (Turkey), invites applications from scholars and practitioners willing to exchange and test ideas on the theory and practice of multiculturalism in an intimate week-long workshop to be held in Konya, the hometown of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi.


The Dialogue Society will pay all the costs of accommodation and board, and transfers, and there is no registration fee for authors in the Workshop. However, participants are expected to pay the costs of their flight to and from Turkey (currently about £200 from the UK).


Within six months of the event, a book will be produced and published by the Dialogue Society, comprising some or all of the papers presented at the Workshop. The papers will be arranged and introduced, and to the extent appropriate, edited, by scholar(s) to be appointed.

Call for Papers

Authors are invited to send abstracts (maximum 300 words) of their proposed papers on topics that address questions such as the following:

  • What are the strengths and what are the weaknesses of the British idea and practice of multiculturalism?
  • Does the concept of interculturalism provide an alternative direction for the UK?
  • Why was ‘community cohesion’ developed as a policy by the British government, after 2001? Is it a coherent policy? How effective has it been in practice?
  • In what ways have British Muslims’ lives been affected by the government’s policy for ‘preventing violent extremism’?
  • What are the implications of the attack on ‘state multiculturalism’, and the promotion of ‘muscular liberalism’ for the meaning of citizenship and the status of ‘citizen’ in Britain?
  • What can we learn from the experience of migrants and settlers in other European countries for the future of multicultural theory and practice?
  • What practical work has taken place in recent years to promote intercultural dialogue? What techniques have been employed? How effective have they been?
  • In what ways might academics contribute to dialogic processes which promote intercultural solidarity?
  • Is multiculturalism another way to strengthen the discourse of otherness and to create parallel societies?
  • What is the role of scholars in formulating and communicating the concept of interculturalism?
  • What are the issues of multiculturalism in Turkey and what solutions are possible?
  • Does the concept of multiculturalism provide fruitful solutions to recent ethnic conflicts across the Middle East?

For further information please see http://www.dialoguesociety.org/leeds-forthcoming/658-academic-workshop-call-for-papers-debating-multiculturalism.html

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