For immediate release: 22nd October, 2012
“From Multiculturalism to Interculturalism”
Diversity House in partnership with the Isle of Sheppey Academy are hosting a special debate on “from multiculturalism to interculturalism” This special debate is scheduled to take place at the Brabazon Hall, the Isle of Sheppey Academy, West Side, on 23 November 2012 from 9.30 (for 10.00am) to 1.00pm.
Multiculturalism vs. Interculturalism is currently a very hot subject across this nation, Europe and among many scholars. Interest on the subject has grown into a hysterical frenzy since after the Prime Minister’s speech in Munich denouncing multiculturalism. However, Professor Cantle suggests that multiculturalism no longer enjoys neither popular nor political support and suggests that we now have to adopt a new approach – interculturalism. But this is not just a progressive rebranding – though that will help. More importantly, multicultural policies need to change to accommodate more globalised populations and the new fluid and dynamic forms of identity. He argues that the strength of multiculturalism has been its emphasis on rights and economic conditions but that; conceptually multiculturalism is still stuck in the 1960s. It has failed to adjust to the new realities and interculturalism is therefore more able to rise to the challenges faced by local and national communities. It suggests that policy and practice needs to be urgently reviewed.
The debate which will be led by Ted Cantle CBE – Professor at the Institute of Community Cohesion and supported by five speakers from both the public and voluntary sector is Diversity House way of exploring the thoughts of grass root communities on the subject as they should know better. Diversity House which is a Sittingbourne based charity together with the Isle of Sheppey Academy are keen to gain the perspectives of the different communities in Swale (Education, faith, voluntary sector organisations, businesses, etc.) for obvious reasons which are:
1. We are working with people from diverse communities.
2. Equality and diversity is paramount on our agenda to good service delivery.
3. Swale has diverse communities and the need to understand this current issue is pertinent.
4. Local organisations need to explore this subject in order to forge ahead in contributing to a cohesive society.
5. Other reasons which abounds.
The debate coincides with the launch of Ted Cantle’s new book Interculturalism: the New Era of Cohesion and Diversity (Palgrave Macmillan)
We will appreciate if you can support us to make this special debate a success by being a part of it and by informing your contacts about it.