The Bristol School of Multiculturalism: A Workshop with Prof. Tariq Modood

Professor Tariq Modood
Professor Tariq Modood

The Freilich Foundation is pleased to offer a workshop on the topic of 'The Bristol School of Multiculturalism' with prominent British scholar Professor Tariq Modood, University of Bristol.

The workshop is suitable for masters- and PhD- level scholars but ECR and other interested individuals are welcome to register.

Abstract for workshop paper:

Tariq Modood, Bhikhu Parekh, Nasar Meer, and Varun Uberoi are well known for their defense of multiculturalism in Britain and beyond. The article contends that the collective oeuvre of these and other scholars associated with the University of Bristol’s Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship represents a distinctive and important school of multicultural political thought, a ‘Bristol school of multiculturalism’. The school challenges the liberal biases of much of the corpus of multicultural political thinking and the nostrums of British and other western democracies regarding the status of the majority culture as well as of cultural minorities. It is an identarian and assertive multiculturalism that, above all, seeks inclusion and a sense of belonging in the national community. The article situates the Bristol school in the British context in which it arose, outlines its distinctive approach and principles, and critically assesses its positions on liberalism and national identity. It also raises the question of the political acceptability of the Bristol school’s ‘muscular multiculturalism’.

Please note that places are limited and registrations required. The workshop paper will be distributed to registered participants in due course.

A light lunch will be provided at the beginning of the workshop with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

Tariq Modood is Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy and the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol and the co-founder of the international journal, Ethnicities. He has held over 40 grants and consultancies, has over 35 (co-)authored and (co-)edited books and reports and over 200 articles and chapters. He was a Robert Schuman Fellow at the European University Institute for part of 2013-15, a ‘Thinker in Residence’ at the Royal Academy of Flanders, Brussels in 2017. He is highly committed to public engagement. His work is frequently cited by policy-makers and practitoners and on several occasions has influenced policy. His impact case study, ‘Influencing law, policy and public discourse on the accommodation of Muslims in Britain’ was one of three which collectively were ranked as 3rd in the UK by the Sociology 2013 REF.  He was awarded a MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in 2001, was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004 and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017. He served on the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain, the National Equality Panel, and the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life.  His latest books include Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea (2nd ed; 2013); and as co-editor Multiculturalism Rethought (2015), Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: Debating the Dividing Lines (2016) and The Problem of Religious Diversity: European Problems, Asian Challenges (2017). His website is

Professor Modood will also be presenting a public lecture on "Islamophobia and the Struggle for Recognition" during his visit. 

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