“Can Interculturalism complement Multiculturalism?”
Tariq Modood, Niels Weidtmann (University Tübingen), Niels Weidtmann (University Tübingen)

November 5, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
CIIS, Gesellschaft für Interkulturelle Philosophie


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University Tübingen

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--Thursday, November 5th

Prof. Dr. Tariq Modood, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, UK: “Can Interculturalism complement Multiculturalism?”


European/UNESCO interculturalism (IC) emerged as a critique of multiculturalism (MC) (complicated by the fact that there is an alternative Quebecer interculturalism, not discussed in this lecture). I suggest that this relationship has gone through three phases. Phase one begins in the 1990s with a general dissatisfaction with MC from many political and intellectual sources. Phase two, roughly from about the middle of the last decade, is when IC scholars, mainly sociologists, though also in cultural studies, policy studies, migration studies, geography as well as education emerge in significant numbers. The engagement with multiculturalism is superficial and serves the purpose of clearing the ground in order to get on with with a new research or policy. Phase three is the political theory justification of IC. I argue that these three phases have not established a pro-diversity ‘ism’ which can replace MC. While I hope we may move on to a phase four, where MC and IC are seen to be complementary, I here re-state what I think are the key concepts of MC. I hope it will be evident that firstly, that these concepts are not out of date or redundant; and secondly, therefore, that IC is wrong to abandon them.




To participate please send a short notice to niels.weidtmann@ciis.uni-tuebingen.de before the day of the lecture. The lecture will be given via zoom. A zoom-link will be sent to all those who registered.


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November 4, 2020, 9:00am CET

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