The ReDoc Seminar series is intended to open a space for discussion of research and work in progress on Muslims in Britain and related topics concerning or affecting the Muslim community. Short presentations will be followed by Q&A and participative discussion. The seminars are open to all but please RSVP â€“ email@example.com
When: Monthly on Fridays,
Where: MCB Office, East London.
The first programme:
**Please note the change in speaker**
Friday 15 July 2011:
Dr Jamil Sherif - A Census Chronicle â€“ reflections on the campaign for a religion question in the 2001 Census for England and Wales
The campaign from 1996-2000 to include the religion question in the 2001 Census for England and Wales was a defining event for Muslim communities in Britain because it provided formal recognition of their collective identity as a faith group, rather than being subsumed in the â€˜blackâ€™, â€˜Asianâ€™ or Pakistani/Bangladeshiâ€™ ethnic categorisations of the past. What was the â€˜micro-historyâ€™ of this four-year journey?
In his presentation, Dr Sherif will present an MCB perspective, in particular the emergence of an inter faith alliance as a political pressure group and the civil servantsâ€™ responses when faced with demands for change. A major social policy decision was eventually taken, not just through a process of rational negotiation but through fortuitous and unscripted interventions of persons of goodwill. The campaign offered British Muslims their first comprehensive engagement with the variety of formal and informal networks, centres of power, institutions and processes that interact in the shaping of policy in a participative democracy.
Friday 16th September â€“ Matthew Wilkinson â€“ Helping Muslim Boys Succeed: the Case for History in Schools
Friday 14th October â€“ Dr Serena Hussain â€“ 'A comparative study of Islamic schools in the UK and the US - some preliminary findings'
Friday 18th November â€“ TBC
Friday 16th December â€“ Dr Adam Sutcliffe - Beyond Competitive Victimhood: The Politics of Holocaust Memory in a Multi-Ethnic Society