Questioning the European ‘Crisis of Multiculturalism’

12 December 2008

National University of Ireland Maynooth


9.00 – 11.00: Welcome & opening Gavan Titley (National University of Ireland Maynooth) & Alana Lentin (Sussex University, UK)

Keynote address
Les Back (Goldsmiths College, UK)

11.00 Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00: Paper session 1

Who Fears to Speak in the New Europe? Plurilingualism and Alterity
Michael Cronin (Dublin City University, Ireland)

Turbans, Hijabs and other Differences: The crisis of (Irish) interculturalism
Ronit Lentin (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

13.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30: Paper session 2

Assessing the ‘crisis of multiculturalism’ in Danish Popular Consciousness
Peter Hervik (Malmö University, Sweden/Denmark)

Multiculturalism and its discontents: Left, right and liberal
Arun Kundnani (Institute of Race Relations, UK)

15.30 Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30: Paper session 3

My World is a Ghetto: Cityscapes and identifications in 21st century Germany Maria Stehle (University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA/Germany)

A conservative revolution within secularism. Ideological premises and social effects of the French 2004 ‘anti-headscarf’ law
Pierre Tevanian (France)

17.45 – 18.30: Closing session

Retreating from multiculturalism: where does social solidarity fit in?
Ellie Vasta, COMPAS, University of Oxford (UK) Final discussion