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. 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.

Keynote speakers

Professor Les Back and Professor Paul Gilroy

Parellel Plenaries

Researching Urban Multiculture: Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam, Dr Helen Kim, Dr Christy Kulz, Professor Anoop Nayak
The Politics of Urban Multiculture: Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya, Dr William 'Lez' Henry, Dr Malcolm James, Professor Ann Phoenix

Full programme to follow


Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 9am to 7pm


Professor Stuart Hall Building - Goldsmiths, University of London 8 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW, United Kingdom


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