Liberal Citizenship and Multiculturalism

14 October 2015. From 18:30 | Conference | English | IEMed, Barcelona
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As European societies become more plural, issues of identity and citizenship have become more relevant. In fact, the societies of today’s nation-states in Europe contain within themselves forms of diversity (moral and values, but in some cases also cultural and religious) with very ancient roots.

In recent years in North Western Europe, diversity has been debated again and the issue has been reconsidered: from relatively modest approaches to multiculturalism to different models of citizenship. The reasons are many: for some, multiculturalism has facilitated social fragmentation, for others it has distracted / dispersed attention from socioeconomic inequalities, while some even consider it a cause of international terrorism.

In this lecture the speaker argues that any concept of citizenship in plural societies needs to go beyond conventional liberal thought and be redefined from a sense of collective belonging.

Nasar Meer is an Adjunct Professor of Comparative Social Policy and Citizenship at the University of Strathclyde. Formerly Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Center for Civil Society and Citizenship (CCSC), in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences at Northumbria University. He is also a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (AICH) at the University of Edinburgh. He was also a professor at the University of Southampton and a researcher at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship (ESCI) at the University of Bristol, where he remains an honorary member. Last year, in 2014, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy (YAS).With a PhD in Citizenship & Double Consciousness from the University of Bristol (School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies), her research focuses on citizenship, political participation, educational policies, anti-discrimination and Islamophobia. Among his most notable publications: Citizenship, Identity and the Politics of Multiculturalism: The Rise of Muslim Consciousness (Palgrave, 2015), ‘Multinationalism, Multiculturalism and Scottish Nationhood’, (Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38 (9), 2015); ‘Is Islamophobia a postcolonial category?’, (Patterns of Prejudice, 48 (5), 2015); Racialization and Religion (Routledge, 2013).



Sílvia Carrasco

Professor Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Nasar Meer

Professor University of Strathclyde Glasgow