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The British Academy Debates

Immigration and the Making of British Identity

Wednesday 24 September 2014, 6-7.30pm
The REP, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP

What does it mean to be British? How has a British identity been constructed, historically, culturally and nationally? In what ways has Britain’s current and historic position on the international stage affected her identity? Does it matter if different communities maintain and promote their own cultural identity? And to what extent does this impact on our definition of being British? 

Chair: Mary Rhodes, Broadcaster and Presenter BBC Midlands Today 

Speakers Include:
Professor Robin Cohen, Emeritus Professor and Former Director of the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford
Professor Montserrat Guibernau, Queen Mary, University of London
Professor John Solomos, University of Warwick
Dr Leah Bassel, University of Leicester 

This was the first in the series of British Academy Debates on Immigration.

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