Lecture by Professor Ted Cantle, Founder of the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo)
Tuesday 13th May 2014
6.00pm Lecture commences
G11, Ground Floor, Main Building, Aston University, B4 7ET
About the lecture:
All western societies are now grappling with the idea of multiculturalism. And it no longer enjoys political nor popular support. No politician will be its advocate and at a popular level it invites general cynicism and even derision. The new phase of ‘super diversity’ created by globalisation and the transnational movement of people and communications on a new scale, demands a new approach. All modern societies are now multicultural – and destined to become more so – yet the ideology of multiculturalism cannot mediate the changes which people both enjoy and fear.
We now need a new way of thinking about how we live together in an increasingly globalised world in which complex and multi-faceted identities are fast becoming the norm. Ted Cantle expounds the idea of ‘interculturalism’ which recognises the interdependence of people and their countries and suggests that different forms of integration are now necessary to foster an inter-connectedness in which ‘race’ will no longer play a significant part and be eclipsed by broader ideas about difference and otherness. Interculturalism, he suggests, can provide a new and positive perspective for the future of social relationships.
About the speaker:
In 2001, Ted was appointed by the UK Home Secretary to lead a review of the summer riots in a number of English northern towns and cities. The riots were based on conflict between ethnic minority and white groups. The subsequent 'Cantle Report' established the concept of ‘community cohesion’ and developed an entirely new approach to race and community relations. Community cohesion policies also addressed inequalities and disadvantage, but rejected much of the old style multiculturalism which had inadvertently encouraged separation of communities or what Ted Cantle had described as ‘parallel lives’. Ted subsequently established the independent Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo) in 2005, with this work now carried on by the iCoCo Foundation which focuses on the development of interculturalism.
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