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Key Debates in Citizenship and Identity

pic of speakers SPEAKERS: Left: The Rt Reverend Tim Stevens (Bishop of Leicester), right: Professor Audrey Osler (Director of the Centre for the Study of Citizenship at the University of Leicester) and, centre: Mr Tara Mukherjee (Chairman, European Multicultural Foundation)

The University of Leicester Department of Sociology hosted a major debate on the issue of Multiculturalism, Identity and Citizenship within the city of Leicester.

Both The European Multicultural Foundation and The Leicester Mercury sponsored the seminar, and BBC Radio Leicester were invited to broadcast this debate at a later date. 

Around fifty dignitaries from Leicester and the surrounding area were expected to attend the discussion, ranging from local councillors and higher-ranking figures in business and commerce, to senior leaders in education and representatives from a variety of different religious groups.

The three speakers at the event were: The Rt Reverend Tim Stevens (Bishop of Leicester), Professor Audrey Osler (Director of the Centre for the Study of Citizenship at the University of Leicester) and Mr Tara Mukherjee (Chairman, European Multicultural Foundation). These presentations inspired a vigorous debate, chaired by John Florance of Radio Leicester, about the way in which Leicester has managed to successfully incorporate a multitude of cultures into its community.

As Dr Chris Pole, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology, said: “There is clearly a great deal of evidence to suggest that Leicester is a successful multicultural city, however, this does not mean that everything here is perfect, or that there are no examples of racism. 

“This conference is about celebrating what is good about Leicester while also looking to ways in which those of us who live and work in the city can continue to improve it for all.”

Dr Pole would like to see this event becoming a blueprint for a series of debates on this subject, in order to constantly re-evaluate and reconsider the multicultural perspective within the city of Leicester.

March 2002

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