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Multiculturalism and its Discontents
Date: Monday 5 October, 6:45 (for 7pm start) to 8:30pm
Venue: Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Room
Leeds Salon's annual satellite event for the Battle of Ideas 2015.
Multiculturalism has come in for increasing criticism lately. Policies that were first posed as a solution to the racial conflicts of the 1980s have come to be seen by many as the cause of ‘myriad social ills’. Recent comments by Nigel Farage in response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre that multiculturalist policies ‘wilfully segregate us’ and David Cameron that they have encourage ‘different cultures to live separate lives’, echo those of the former chair of the EHRC, Trevor Phillips, that such policies legitimise ‘separateness’ between communities.
But are the criticisms of multiculturalist policies fair? Do they threaten to re-create and reinforce a more divided Britain? Or are they still essential to delivering a fairer, more tolerant and egalitarian society? And if multiculturalist policy is a problem, what would we put in its place?
Civilisation and its Discontents
For this year's series of talks in partnership with The Tetley we're examing the theme of Civilisation and its Discontents, through three key 19th and 20th century thinkers covering the disciplines of psychology, sociology and philosophy. Over three Saturday afternoons in November and December we've invited writers and academics to to introduce discussions on:
Freud and the Repressive Society
Spencer and the Organic Society
Heidegger and the Rejection of Modernity
Details to follow...
FIPA: the Leeds Salon sister journal