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Multicultural Imaginations

This talk will explore questions around fear of the other and discussions that might help shape a critical multiculturalism. To what extent have the shapings of traditional forms of social theory assumed a secular discourse that is framed in opposition to religion so making it difficult to engage with the traumatic events of 9/11 in New York and 7/7 in London and the questions of fear, loss, trauma and complex belongings that emerged?

To what extent have conceptions of modernity been framed through a secularised Christian inheritance and its disembodied forms of knowledge so making it difficult to shape multicultural imaginations that can sustain a vision of the dignity of difference while imagining forms of 'Britishness' that can face its complex inheritances of imperial superiority and enforced assimilation into a dominant culture? Can we shape new forms of social theory that can cross boundaries between the 'secular' and the 'religious' while contesting traditional gender and sexed relations of power while recognising a diversity of ethical traditions?


Professor Vic Seidler | talks | www


Date and Time:

16 January 2008 at 3:30 pm


1 hour



Birkbeck Institute for Social Research
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
020 3073 8363

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