On Friday 19th October, the Institute of Historical Research will be hosting an exciting event putting historians in conversation with sociologists to discuss the legacy of ‘multiculturalism’ in contemporary Britain.
After Multiculturalism? Conversations between History and Sociology marks the beginning of a year-long IHR seminar series on race, decolonisation and difference in postcolonial Europe. In this first session, in three dynamic conversations, established and emerging international scholars of contemporary Britain will discuss: the past and present of ‘multiculturalism’; the shifting politics of class, race and difference in post-1968 Britain; and the role and responsibilities of anti-racist scholarship. What is lost and what is gained by framing the history of post-1968 Britain as a history of multiculturalism? How do historians and sociologists differently approach the category of ‘white working class’? And what can sociologists and historians learn from each other to drive scholarship on race and difference forward? At a moment when pundits continue to pronounce that multiculturalism has ‘failed’ in Britain and across Europe, this symposium will explore the role and responsibilities of anti-racist scholarship.
The symposium is presented by University of East Anglia in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and the Runnymede Trust. The seminar series is funded by the British Academy and supported by the Raphael Samuel History Centre.