Challenges to Multiculturalism

The New York Review of Books Foundation and Fritt Ord invite the public to the conference ‘Challenges to Multiculturalism’, 25–26 June 2012 at Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, Oslo.

Kwame Anthony Appiah – Robert Badinter – Christopher de Bellaigue – Grete Brochmann – Jørgen Carling – Ronald Dworkin – Timothy Garton Ash – Thomas Hylland Eriksen – Thorbjørn Røe Isaksen – Christian Joppke – Jytte Klausen – Pankaj Mishra – Malise Ruthven – Paul Scheffer – Robert Silvers – Yasemin Soysal – Unni Wikan – Jeremy Waldron

The conference is free and open to all. For registration (required) email nyrb@fritt-ord.no

Conference Program

MONDAY JUNE 25 14.10 INTRODUCTION AND WELCOMING REMARKS

PROFESSOR GRETE BROCHMANN, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Fritt Ord ROBERT SILVERS, Editor, The New York Review of Books

14.30-16.00 PATTERNS OF MIGRATION

Chair: THOMAS HYLLAND ERIKSEN, Professor, Research Director, University of Oslo.

JØRGEN CARLING, Research Professor of Migration and Transnationalism Studies, Peace Research Institute, Oslo. Author of Toward a Demography of Immigrant Communities and Their Transnational Potential (2008)

CHRISTOPHER DE BELLAIGUE, former Correspondent for The Economist in Teheran. Author of Patriot of Persia (2012), a biography of Mohammad Mossadegh

PANKAJ MISHRA, Indian-born author and journalist, based in London. Author of Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet and Beyond (2006)

16-16.30 COFFEE BREAK

16.30-18.00 MULTICULTURALISM IN EUROPE: POLICIES AND CONFLICTS

Chair: CHRISTIAN JOPPKE, Professor of Sociology, University of Bern.

PAUL SCHEFFER, Professor of European Studies, Tilburg University, The Netherlands. Author of Immigrant Nations (2011)

MALISE RUTHVEN, writer on Islam who has taught at Birkbeck College, London. Author of Encounters with Islam: On Religion, Politics and Modernity (2012)

JYTTE KLAUSEN, Professor of International Cooperation, Brandeis University. Author of The Cartoons That Shook the World (2009)

TUESDAY JUNE 26

10-11.30 CONCEPTS OF MULTICULTURALISM – AND COSMOPOLITANISM

Chair: ROBERT SILVERS

UNNI WIKAN, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. Author of Generous Betrayal: Politics of Culture in the New Europe (2002)

KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH, Professor of Philosophy, Princeton. Author of The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen (2010)

11.30-1200: COFFEE BREAK

12.00-13.30 MULTICULTURALISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Chair: ROBERT SILVERS

RONALD DWORKIN, Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University. Author of Justice for Hedgehogs (2011)

JEREMY WALDRON, Professor of Social and Political Theory, Oxford. Author of Torture, Terror, and Trade-Offs: Philosophy for the White House (2010)

13.30-14.30 LUNCH

14.30-16.00 WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

Chair: TORBJØRN RØE ISAKSEN, Member of Parliament.

ROBERT BADINTER, Former French Minister of Justice, Senator, and President of the Constitutional Council during the Presidency of Francois Mitterand.

YASEMIN SOYSAL, Professor of Sociology, University of Essex. Author of Limits of Citizenship: Migrants and Postnational Membership in Europe (1995)

TIMOTHY GARTON ASH, Professor of European History, Oxford. Author of Facts are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name (2011)

Category: NYR and NYRB
Litteraturhuset
Litteraturhuset,
Wergelandsveien 29,
Oslo, Norway