“Creative Writing and Creative Reading:
Rethinking Multiculturalism”

International Conference and Workshops

18 March 2018 – London, UK

organised by

London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research

Multiculturalism is one of the most multi-faceted and multidisciplinary concepts of the social sciences, with entire textbook chapters devoted to it in fields as numerous as diverse as Cultural Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, Linguistics, International Relations, European Studies, World History or Philosophy. Nomen being indeed omen for this term, its multiple theoretical meanings and practical implications affect almost all people at one time or another, depending on the situation, from personal living conditions to national socio-political programming or political media persiflage, up to the precarious living conditions caught between the actors and forces who shape and direct its perception and discourse. Hence this conference and its integrated workshops will approach it from several angles, but with a focus on creative reading and writing.

The event will be an inspiring combination of traditional paper presentations and original workshops on creative writing and creative reading in the challenging era of cosmopolitanism. We invite scholars and writers to participate and share their academic and/or creative work in London!

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Cultural, personal and social dimensions:

  • Multiculturalism, cultural diversity and awareness
  • Social and individual multiculturalism
  • Cultural pluralism and democratic values
  • Multiculturalism and individual identity
  • The politics of multiculturalism
  • Multicultural societies and allegiances

Linguistic, artistic and literary dimensions:

  • Multiculturalism and language learning
  • Expressions of multiculturalism in poetry and prose
  • Multiculturalism in literature and art
  • Comparative multiculturalisms
  • Mono-, bi- and multiculturalism
  • Psychology of multiculturalism
  • Multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism

Group and organizational dimensions:

  • Managing multiculturalism in organizations
  • Multicultural education and workplaces
  • Multicultural citizenship and inclusion
  • Multiculturalism, immigration and integration
  • Multicultural marriages and families
  • Levels of multicultural ties and allegiances

Mediated multiculturalism:

  • Reflections of multiculturalism in the media
  • Multicultural rights, freedoms and pressures
  • Social justice and multiculturalism
  • Multiculturalism, religion and secularism
  • The politics and democracy of multiculturalism
  • National and regional multiculturalism
  • Multiculturalism and conflict resolution

Regional and theoretical dimensions:

  • European and American multiculturalism
  • Critiques of multiculturalism in theory and practice
  • Personal or political failures of multiculturalism
  • Multiculturalism between philosophy and reality
  • The history and future of multiculturalism
  • The multiplicities and limits of multiculturalism
  • Dilemmas of multiculturalism

If you would like to present a paper as well as to attend the workshops, please send us your paper proposal (up to 250 words) and a brief biographical note by 15 January, 2018 to: cosmopolitanism@lcir.co.uk. Please download paper proposal form.

Participants who do not wish to present a paper but are keen to be part of this vibrant event are welcome to send us the filled in workshop booking form by 15 January, 2018 to: cosmopolitanism@lcir.co.uk. Please download workshop booking form.

Speaker registration fee – 90 GBP

Non-speaker registration fee – 60 GBP

Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX