British academy

A Question of Culture?
Europe and Islam

The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1

6.00 pm, Wedneday 3 March 2004


Culture seems to explain everything at the moment, the way gender once did, or, before that, class, or, a long time ago, race, or, even longer ago, destiny. A decade ago, Samuel Huntington warned that, in future, 'The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural.' According to one commentator after another, celebratory or indignant, every European country is multicultural. Is immigration policy a matter of dealing with cultural difference? Today, these debates are at their most acute as European countries shape policies on 'Muslim' minorities, and confront the intricate crises of the Middle East, and the challenge of terrorism.

This event will take the form of a panel discussion between Professor Adam Kuper, FBA, Brunel University, Professor Fred Halliday, FBA, London School of Economics, and Professor Jytte Klausen, British Academy Visiting Professor at Nuffield College, Oxford, and Brandeis University.

This event is now fully booked. Enquiries should be directed to the Academy's External Relations Department.

This panel discussion was subsequently repeated on Monday 7 March 2005, at Queen's University in Belfast.
Further information on this repeated event (including an audio recording)