The Dialogue Society, Birmingham Branch in partnership with Coventry University’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation Studies invites abstracts from scholars and relevant practitioners who wish to share and explore ideas and research findings concerning the sense of belonging in contemporary Britain’s diverse society.
The workshop will take place at Coventry University, 20th-21st November 2014.
The (extended) deadline for abstract submissions is 16th May 2014, 17.00 UK time.
‘Sense of belonging’ is a phrase often heard in discussions of the cohesion of our society and, particularly, instances of its breakdown, including urban disturbances, ‘home-grown’ terrorism and gang membership. In this workshop, we invite contributors to shed light on the nature, causes and effects of sense of belonging and of its absence both in minority communities and majority communities. We seek to examine the impact of a lack of sense of belonging outside dramatic cases of crime and anti-social behavior as well as in those cases. We have a particular interest in contributions exploring how the absence of a sense of belonging might be addressed.
Workshop proceedings will be published in advance of the Workshop to allow contributors to read one another’s papers and engage with them more deeply and to disseminate the papers more widely to relevant scholars, researchers and libraries.
Edited versions of some papers may be selected for either of the two Journals published by the organizers. Authors of selected papers will be notified in due course.
In addition, an edited version of all or some of the papers presented may also be published by an independent reputable publishing house.
Prof Eddie Halpin, Leeds Metropolitan University Prof Alan Hunter, Coventry University Dr Karim Murji, The Open University Prof Alpaslan Ozerdem, Coventry University Dr Richard Race, University of Roehampton Prof Simon Robinson, Leeds Metropolitan University
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