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New Urban Multicultures: Conviviality and Racism

The publication of ‘New Ethnicities and Urban Cultures: Racisms and Multiculture in Young Lives’ by Les Back marked a turn in the sociology of race and racism.

The publication brought together Stuart Hall’s concept of ‘new ethnicities’ with a commitment to empirically grounded ethnographic research.

About the conference

This conference celebrates 20 years since the publication of this influential book and examines the present and the future of the study of urban multiculture. bringing together Stuart Hall’s concept of ‘new ethnicities’ with a commitment to empirically grounded ethnographic research. This conference celebrates 20 years since the publication of this influential book and examines the present and the future of the study of urban multiculture.

Re-engaging with this book and its themes of the co-presence of racism and the possibilities of multiculture is timely and urgent. This approach simultaneously challenges both simplistic and ideological state and media discourses on the failure of multiculturalism and over-celebratory accounts of cultural diversity that are inattentive to manifestations of power and racism.

It can help us to uncover hidden (and not so hidden) forms of living with difference, the ambivalences of what Hall calls ‘multicultural drift' and emergent forms of culture. The experience of urban multiculture is not always convivial or fraught; instead it is much more complex, rich, contradictory and multi-layered than these official discourses allow for.

Seeking researchers

The conference seeks to bring together researchers interested in contemporary multiculture who are working in the tradition of interdisciplinary modes that take culture seriously while being attuned to how social dynamics are tied to structures of power. We are interested in papers from scholars at different stages in a variety of disciplines and would particularly like to encourage submissions from PhD and Early Career Researchers.

Themes of papers could include:

  • Youth and the city
  • Emerging music cultures
  • Hierarchies of belonging within multiculture
  • Ethnography and innovative methods
  • New black feminisms
  • Experiences of refugees and asylum seekers
  • Race and racism
  • New urban ethnicities
  • Generational change, racism and multiculture
  • Policing borders
  • Queer identities
  • Colonial and post-colonial migration
  • Intersections of power, culture and exclusion
  • Conviviality in urban encounters
  • Gentrification, displacement and urban dynamics
  • Race and youth culture
  • Race in education
  • Senses and the city
  • Austerity and poverty
  • Theories of cosmopolitanism, citizenship and postcoloniality
  • Policy responses to urban multiculture
  • Race, cultural industries and cultural production
  • Media representations of urban multiculture
  • Policing race
  • New formations of migration
  • Aesthetic responses to urban multiculture
  • Institutional power and young lives

Submit your paper

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to Anamik Saha at a.saha@gold.ac.uk and Emma Jackson at e.jackson@gold.ac.uk by 30 January 2016.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Professor Paul Gilroy and Professor Les Back.

New Urban Multicultures: Conviviality and Racism 

Date: Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Venue: Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Engaging in Urban Image-Making

Engaging in Urban Image-Making is a one-day symposium hosted by the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR) at Goldsmiths, which brings together practitioners from: Sociology Goldsmiths, Photojournalism London College of Communication, Urban Photographers Association and London Independant Photography.

Its purpose is to begin dialogue across organisations anbout how we engage with urban life in our image-making practices in the 21st century. Through the presentation of a diverse selection of visual stories, we are keen to address how image making can support our understanding of some of the complexities associated with contemporary urban life.

This event has been organised by Anita Stasser and Gill Golding, and is supported by CUCR, the Graduate School fund, and Urban Photographers Association.

Friday 28 April 2017, 9.30am-17.00pm

RHB 137a

Free but booking is essential. To book, email Anita