Panel title: Crises of Multiculturalism: Diasporic Media/Cultural Responses

TitlePanel title: Crises of Multiculturalism: Diasporic Media/Cultural Responses
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Poole, E., O. Alghazzi, and S. Holohan
Affiliation (1st Author)Keele University
Section or WGDiaspora and Media Working Group
DateWed 26 June
Slot CodeDIAW2a
Slot Code (Keyword)DIAW2a
Time of Session11:00-12:30
Session TitleCrises of Multiculturalism: Diasporic Media/Cultural Responses
Submission ID6500

Panel Chair: Milly Williamson, Brunel University
Panel Abstract: In 2011 David Cameron gave a speech to a Munich Security Conference in which he associated Islamic extremism with a lack of integration in Britain’s Muslim communities. This discourse and attacks on multiculturalism have been prevalent over the last 15 years particularly since the inner city disturbances of Summer 2001. Concerns in political quarters, across Europe, about the role of Muslim media in contributing to ‘parallel’ societies and therefore further fuelling radicalization are echoed here in Cameron’s speech. In this panel we will discuss empirical research that shows how British Muslim media producers engage with these debates but also counter hegemonic ideas through their diversity and actualities of practice. We will begin by firstly examining the socio-political context of production as well as professional practices in Muslim media in the UK (Holohan). We will then move on to examine how Muslim media have engaged with political debates regarding Muslims in Britain (Gilewicz). This will be followed by a paper examining the patterns of consumption of Muslims living in the UK and their responses to these key debates (Poole). The panel will demonstrate how amongst Muslim media producers and consumers commonality is a key goal challenging political rhetoric about divisiveness.

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