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Blog: May 2007

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Religious identity in young people from mixed faith families

Thu, 31 May 2007, 09:39 GMT

Warwick University has begun a three-year project looking at young people (from 8 onwards) whose parents come from different faith backgrounds, how they come to identify themselves in relation to their parents’ religions, and the factors that influence their own religious beliefs. The study will focus on Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. It is UK-wide and data will be collected by email as well as through interviews (by phone or in person).

• Are you part of a family where different faith backgrounds are present and if so, might you be interested in taking part in the project? You can get in touch with the team for more information without commitment
• Do you know of any families who might be interested in participating?
• Do you know of any publications on this topic?
• Have you done, or do you know of, any related research?

For more information, email Dr Elisabeth Arweck on elisabeth.arweck@warwick.ac.uk or call on 02476 528 434.

Posted by catalysteditor. Categories: education

European photo competition for diversity

Mon, 21 May 2007, 13:39 GMT

Entries are being sought for the European photo competition for diversity from school and university students around the continent.

Students are asked to create a photo or photo collage that breaks stereotypes, promotes diversity and appeals to a young audience.

First prize is € 3,000 for the winner and € 3,000 for the winner’s university or school. The runner-up will receive € 2,000 and the third-placed entry € 1,000. The best entries will be featured in a travelling exhibition across Europe.

Posted by Catalyst web editor. Categories: artsevents

Comparing apples and oranges

Tue, 15 May 2007, 15:05 GMT

Zia Haider Rahman argues on Comment is free that a debate about multiculturalism and separateness involving Kenan Malik and Trevor Philips didn’t work because it failed to define what multiculturalism actually meant.

Posted by Catalyst web editor. Categories: debate

Baishakhi Mela

Fri, 11 May 2007, 09:28 GMT

Europe’s largest Asian open-air festival takes place this weekend. More than 200,000 visitors from all over the country are expected to descend upon London’s East End on Sunday 13 May 2007 for a mix of music, food and theatre to celebrate Bengali New Year.

Over 350 performers will perform live from three stages, from midday to 7.30pm.


Posted by Catalyst web editor. Categories: Uncategorized

The race debate - a new Channel 4 website

Thu, 03 May 2007, 11:21 GMT

Channel 4 have launched a new website, the race debate, which offers an open platform for debate around race and what it is to experience racism. The site combines clips from Channel 4 programmes with video interviews and articles.

Currently on the site there is an article by Safraz Manzoor on whether multiculturalism has worked in Britain and an interview with Commission for Racial Equality chair Kay Hampton on how deeply entrenched racism is within society.

The new site sits alongside Channel 4’s Origination site, which looks at the contributions of immigrant cultures to contemporary Britain.

Posted by Catalyst web editor. Categories: debatewebsites

Words without borders - African voices

Tue, 01 May 2007, 15:01 GMT

Words without borders celebrates the World Voices Festival by publishing online translations of several interesting African writers.

Congo’s Alain Mabanckou’s “Blue White Red” flags the lasting influence of France on its former subjects, while Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Desertion maps British power in Zanzibar.

Posted by Catalyst web editor. Categories: publicationswebsites

Plain tales from British India

Tue, 01 May 2007, 14:36 GMT

‘Two new books exemplify the polarised debate: one claims the British Empire was comparable to slavery and fascism; while for the other, the Victorian administrators of the Indian Civil Service, far from being oppressive exploiters, in fact “represented the British Empire at its best and most altruistic”.’

William Dalrymple
contributes to the ongoing debate about the British Empire in India.

Posted by Catalyst web editor. Categories: debate

Islam’s ‘heritage of violence’

Tue, 01 May 2007, 14:31 GMT

French writer Abdelwahab Meddeb is perplexed by the Pope but makes clear that more shows of violence simply reinforce what he said.

Posted by Catalyst web editor. Categories: debate

Translation and Cultural diversity

Tue, 01 May 2007, 14:14 GMT

‘The most stunning figure I have come across lately is this: translations of books from English into German have decreased by roughly half in one decade.’ As the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions comes into force, Rüdiger Wischenbart looks at the realities behind globalisation, cultural diversity and translation.

Posted by Catalyst web editor. Categories: debatepublications

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