Stephen Lissenburgh Memorial Lecture 2015
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What’s Wrong with Multiculturalism?
Thirty years ago, multiculturalism was widely seen as the answer to many of Europe’s social problems. Today it is seen by growing numbers of people as the cause of Europe’s myriad social ills. That perception has led mainstream politicians, including David Cameron and Angela Merkel, to denounce multiculturalism and speak out against its dangers. It has fuelled the success of far-right parties and populist politicians across Europe. And it has inspired obscene acts of violence, such as the homicidal rampage of Anders Behring Breivik in Oslo and Utøya, which in his eyes were the first shots in a war defending Europe against multiculturalism. The reasons for this transformation in the perception of multiculturalism are complex, but first it is necessary to unpack what multiculturalism means.
All of this will be discussed in this year’s Stephen Lissenburgh Memorial Lecture given by Kenan Malik (writer, lecturer and broadcaster).
This annual memorial lecture was created in honour of Dr Stephen Lissenburgh, who was based at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) until his tragic death in Sri Lanka as a result of the 2004 tsunami. NIESR have taken over the hosting of this event, in order to ensure that the issues Stephen cared about continue to be highlighted and examined. With Stephen having worked alongside many at NIESR, the transition from PSI seemed natural, and we hope you can make what ought to be an engaging event.
Date: Wednesday 23 September 2015
Venue: National Institute of Economic and Social Research, 2 Dean Trench St, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HE
Places are limited, therefore to ensure attendance please RSVP as soon as possible to myself, Luca Pieri:
Email: l.pieri [at] niesr.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7654 1931