Punjab Research Group

BNP exploiting the ‘Collective Amnesia’ of Marginalised Ethnic Minorities

Posted in Articles by Pippa on May 31, 2010

The BNP is exploiting tensions between Muslim and Sikh communities, threatening to destabilise fragile relations, a leading academic has revealed.

The launch of a new report by Faith Matters (www.faith-matters.org) warns the BNP is seeking to ‘fish in troubled waters by reaching out to sections of Sikhs (and Hindus) in order to form a tactical alliance against Muslims to promote Islamaphobia’.

This is the first time any kind of substantive research has been undertaken on Muslim and Sikh tensions. It is a new but very real and growing problem.

Professor Gurharpal Singh who authored the report on behalf of Faith Matters, an organisation which works to reduce conflict both nationally and internationally, warned that ‘as tensions grow it will become increasingly difficult to contain this dispute within Britain’.

Despite this, the report indicates that both communities are suffering from a ‘collective amnesia’. In other words they have forgotten they share a common heritage, culture and history.

‘The only way to resolve the crisis is to re discover the sense of shared cultural and historic identity – it is better for them to work together,’ added Professor Singh.

Faith Matters founder and director Fiyaz Mughal OBE said: ‘There is a collective amnesia among the two communities which must be addressed, and quickly, otherwise it may cause localised tensions to flare into actual violence.’

‘Although the report illustrates how the BNP have exploited existing tensions, it also highlights that – by realising both groups have a shared common heritage, culture and political experience – these tensions may be overcome’

Full Report:The Adab – ‘Respect’ Research Programme Final 020510

Living Together – CRONEM 6th Annual Conference, 29-30 June 2010

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on May 8, 2010

Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM)
Joint international conference with the Runnymede Trust
Living Together Civic, Political and Cultural Engagement among Migrants, Minorities and National Populations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
29 – 30 June 2010, University of Surrey
This conference aims to take stock of the different forms of civic, political and cultural engagement which currently exist, and investigate the factors and processes which are driving them, and the role of public policy in the engagement of women, migrants, minorities and national populations. A special feature of the conference this year will be an event organised by the Runnymede Trust, which will consider where Britain stands 10 years after the Parekh Report on the future of multi-ethnic Britain and 25 years after the Swann Report.

This conference will range across different academic disciplines and explore links between academic knowledge, policy, practice and the media. The format will consist of keynote addresses, parallel paper sessions, convened symposia, a poster session and a panel debate organised by the Runnymede Trust.

Benjamin Barber, President (CivWorld at Demos) and Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, USA
Constance Flanagan, Professor of Youth Civic Development, Penn State University, USA
Yvonne Galligan, Director, Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics, Queen’s University Belfast
Antje Wiener, Professor of Politics, University of Hamburg, Germany

Runnymede panel:
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, journalist, author and broadcaster
Munira Mirza, Director of Arts, Culture and Creative Industries Policy, Greater London Authority
Tariq Modood, Professor of Sociology, University of Bristol
Jørgen S. Nielsen, Director, Centre for European Islamic Thought, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Lord Bhikhu Parekh, Professor of Political Philosophy, University of Westminster, UK (recorded presentation)
Sally Tomlinson, Professor of Education, University of Oxford

For more about the conference and registration, please visit http://www.surrey.ac.uk/Arts/CRONEM

De Montfort University – PhD Studentships

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on May 22, 2009

Faculty of Humanities

Up to seven fully funded sponsored PhD studentships are available to candidates.  Each of the studentships is available for three years full-time study.

Building on DMU’s excellent RAE outcomes, bursaries will be awarded to exceptional students who will work alongside experienced research teams in the following areas:

Feminism and adaptations; Media discourse; Scholarly editing; British cinema – international connections; Oral history and ethnic minority experiences of consumption; Movement and modernity; ElectroAcoustic resources and pedagogy

Further details on Oral history and ethnic minority experiences of consumption

This PhD project will investigate the emergence of a strong ethnic minority retailing environment in the city of Leicester in the post-war period, focusing, through the generation of new oral histories, on the use of ethnic minority shops by different immigrant groups. ‘Ethno-consumption’ is a growing field within migration and ethnicity studies and this project will bring aim to develop new insights into the study of immigrant communities which traditionally focus on themes such as integration, work, housing and religion. Shops, especially, are a vital but neglected part of ethnic minority history. While ethnic minority entrepreneurship has been receiving more academic attention, the historical consumer behaviour of ethnic minority populations, and this interaction with community and identity, still needs more research.

Key themes would include:

  • Different kinds of shops and the different functions they performed
  • How these shops linked to community life and ethnic identity
  • How interviewees remember and narrate their experiences of using these shops
  • Other kinds of ‘ethno-consumption’ experiences

Groups to be researched would focus on the South Asian population as the largest and most significant group in Leicester in terms of retailing, but could also include other groups, especially the post-war Polish population and the Caribbean community.

Enquiries should in the first instance go to the Research Degrees Office, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH
Telephone: 0116 2506309. Web: www.dmu.ac.uk
Closing Date: 5 June 2009

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