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Spotlight on Multiculturalism

Istanbul, Turkey 3 – 5 May 2012

Organisers : Dialogue Society Birmingham Branch, School of Politics, International Relations and Environment (Keele University) and Department of Politics and Public Administration (Fatih University)

The Dialogue Society, Birmingham Branch, in collaboration with Keele University and Fatih University, invites scholars and practitioners (hereinafter ‘authors’) willing to share their ideas and experience to take part in a Workshop in Istanbul to discuss the past and future of multiculturalism. The Workshop is particularly interested in multiculturalism in Britain and Europe. Papers that relate to theories, policies and practices outside of Europe are also welcome so far as they can be related to Britain and/or a European country.

Costs

The Dialogue Society will pay all the costs of accommodation and board, and transfers, and there is no registration fee for participants in the Workshop. However, authors are expected to pay the costs of their flight to and from Turkey (currently about £200).

Outcome

Within six months of the event, a book will be produced and published by the Dialogue Society, comprising some or all of the papers presented at the Workshop. The papers will be arranged and introduced, and to the extent appropriate, edited, by scholar(s) to be appointed by the Editorial Board. Copyright of the papers accepted to the Workshop will be vested in the Dialogue Society.

Scope : Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following :

Authors are invited to send abstracts (maximum 300 words) of their papers on themes of their own choosing, which may include, by way of example only :

Multiculturalism : Basics

Multiculturalism and race relations Multiculturalism and groups identified by faith-based traditions Multiculturalism and the impact of public policy (education, health, employment) Multiculturalism and issues related to gender equality

Multiculturalism : Practice

The feasibility and relevance of multiple legal frameworks The problem of extremisms of left and right The many dimensions of activism (state ; civil society ; media ; individuals) Future prospects : possible new directions for multiculturalism

The Workshop is particularly interested in multiculturalism in Britain and Europe. Papers that relate to theories, policies and practices outside of Europe are also welcome so far as they can be related to Britain and/or a European country.

Selection Criteria

The Editorial Board welcome abstracts alike from academics in the many relevant disciplines, practitioners working with statutory or voluntary bodies, and independent researchers or writers working on topics relevant to the Workshop.

Since the Workshop expects to address a broad range of topics while the number of participants has to be limited, writers submitting abstracts are requested to bear in mind the need to ensure that their language is technical only where absolutely necessary and intelligible to non-specialists and specialists in disciplines other than their own ; and present clear, coherent arguments in a rational way and in accordance with the usual standards and format for publishable work.

Schedule for Submissions

Abstracts (200–300 words maximum) and CVs (maximum of 2 pages, including any personal statement and/or listing of publications or work experience) to be received by 10th January 2012. Abstracts to be short-listed by the Editorial Board and papers invited by 30th January 2012. Papers (3,000 words minimum – 5,000 words maximum, excluding bibliography) to be received by 10th March 2012. Papers reviewed by the Editorial Board and classed as : Accepted – No Recommendations ; Accepted – See Recommendations ; Conditional Acceptance – See Recommendations ; Not Accepted. Final papers to be received by 1st April 2012.

Submission Procedure

Abstracts and CVs should be submitted, in English only, as MS Word documents attached to an email addressed to skavak@dialoguesociety.org by 12:00 pm UK time on 10th January 2012.

Authors must indicate at this stage if audio-visual equipment may be required in the presentation of their paper and relevant technical specifications.

The abstracts submitted will be reviewed and selection made by the Editorial Board in light of the criteria set out above. The decision of the Board is final.

Authors invited to submit full papers must do so by no later than 17:00 UK time on 10th March 2012. The papers must be submitted, in English only, as a single MS Word document attached to an email addressed to skavak@dialoguesociety.org