Goldsmiths, University of London
Tuesday 17th May 2016
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 in 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.
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
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
Critical approaches to multicultural policy, cohesion and integration
Race, cultural industries and cultural production
Media representations of urban multiculture
New formations of migration
Aesthetic responses to urban multiculture
Institutional power and young lives
Attendance is free but registration is required (opens February 2016).