Racism, Diversity and Intercultural Relations
Investigation of the current debates around 'managing' and governance of cultural and religious diversity and intercultural and interreligious education
The Racism, Diversity and Intercultural Relations (RDIR) thematic group aims to facilitate interactions among researchers and NGOs to effect positive change in public debates, policies and practices relating to racism, social policy and refugee rights as well as intercultural and interreligious relations.
This thematic group seeks to answer the following questions:
- the need for genuine inter-disciplinarily as the basis for methodological approaches to migration research;
- the changing nature of citizenship in old and new immigrant countries;
- intercultural contact between ethnic communities and indigenous people;
- the impact of globalisation, in particular at the level of information technology, on migration experiences and the resulting intercultural and interreligious encounters;
- the problematic Ethno-centric (not to say Euro-centric) nature of migration research;
- understanding the nature, and manifestations, of racism and anti-racism;
- examining the health, social and economic effects of racism;
- designing, implementing and evaluating anti-racism programs;
- investigating the nature, challenges and benefits of diversity and its promotion; and
- shaping policy and practice relating to anti-racism and diversity across the academic, government, non-government and community sectors.
The RDIR group also investigates the current debates around 'managing' and governance of cultural and religious diversity and intercultural and interreligious education. Many nations have encountered significant obstacles in adjusting to challenges and opportunities presented by growing cultural and religious diversity in their societies.
The RDIR thematic group seeks to identify and examine existing best-practice models of governance of cultural and religious diversity and intercultural and interreligious education, including policies, pedagogies and educational resources - that can lead to more just and peaceful societies.
Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging
Fethi Mansouri and Vince Marotta
Sensational reporting by the media has led to attitudes that racialise Muslims and frame them as potential threats to national security, placing them outside the circle of trustworthy citizenship. Muslims in the West are increasingly confronted with the pressure of conforming to dominant core values and accepting 'mere tolerance' from society, or else risk exclusion and even hostility when exercising their rights to maintain diverse cultural norms and religious practices.
Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Belonging offers not only rigourous accounts of current difficulties, but also new thinking and deeper understanding about race relations and intercultural engagement in multicultural societies. It explores the increasing visibility of Muslim migrants in the West and the implications this has for multicultural co-existence, cultural representations, belonging and inclusive citizenship.
In our globalised world of increasing racial, ethnic and religious diversity, racism is an enduring phenomenon with a range of pernicious consequences for individuals, communities and societies. Anti-racism encompasses theory and praxis aimed at addressing racism, counteracting its detrimental effects or envisaging its alternatives.
The conference will bring together scholars who study anti-racism, intercultural or race relations across a diverse range of disciplines and geographical regions. Participants will debate epistemologies, theories, policies, practices and aporias pertaining to anti-racism as a global phenomenon.