Conform or Out Conference

CultivAsian in association with The 1990 Trust and the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture are organising the conference: “Conform or Out: your shout” on January 11th 2007 at Birmingham University.

“Ever had the feeling you’re being talked about by politicians, policymakers and politically correct creative practitioners? Well this conference is being organised so British Asians from a range of cultural, religious and professional backgrounds can generate stimulating debates about the future of
multi-ethnic Britain.

As an independent body CultivAsian wants to provide a platform for artists, journalists, policymakers, and writers etc. to get messy with multiculturalism. What does this mean today and who decides who’s in and who’s out? Is radicalised religion producing a generation of politically active citizens or reactive
followers? Are faith leaders destroying our communities? Can community cohesion be engineered and why should we bother? Is student politics still the vanguard of vigorous debate and social change? Is international development work a white man’s burden?”

Debates to be raised include:
– Keeping the faith: should we be delegating politics to God?
– Rooting apathy out: is it time for a new grassroots political revolution?
– Charity starts at home: Do minority ethnic communities care about development work?
– “Racist relations: we should all stick to our own kind”
“Conform or Out: your shout” will engage speakers from across cultural and disciplinary
backgrounds including artists, policymakers, authors and journalists.

Confirmed speakers include:
Ted Cantle, Associate Director, IDeA
Karen Chauhan, Executive Director, 1990 Trust
Tahir Abbas, Senior Lecturer, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture, Birmingham University
Salma Yaqoob, Vice Chair, Respect Party
Dr Gargi Bhattacharyya, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Lee Jasper, Senior Policy Advisor, GLA
Gurjeet Bains, Editor, The Sikh Times
Ruth Thompson, Campaigner, Oxfam
Munira Mirza, Editor, Culture Vultures

This event will be held on Thursday 11th January 2007, 10.15-16.00, at the University of
Birmingham, B15 2TT. For further information please go to

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Start Date: 11/01/2007
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Start Time: 10:15 – 16:00
Venue: Birmingham University
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