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Re-constructing multiculturalism

15 February 2010

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Prospective postgraduate students looking for funds to examine how the UK is dealing with and responding to the richness and challenges of multiculturalism are being urged to sign-up for a new scholarship opportunity.

Part of the University’s new flagship President’s Research Scholarships scheme, four PhD scholarships are available to the best postgraduate students looking to explore the strengths and challenges of ‘multiculturalism’.

Professor Chris Weedon from the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, said: "Over the last few decades Britain and Wales have become culturally more varied, rich and complex but also face significant challenges. These include issues of citizenship, values, cultural and religious difference, and cross and intercultural relations.

"Multiculturalism has been on the political agenda since Roy Jenkins MP made his groundbreaking speech in1966, but the London bombings and on-going concerns with home-grown terrorism have led to a widespread questioning of how we understand multiculturalism and a focus on issues of Britishness and the promotion of shared values."

The (Re)-Constructing Multiculturalism project will bring together academic staff and postgraduate students in humanities and social science disciplines from across Cardiff University to analyse social and cultural issues related to multiculturalism.

It will engage with ideas of integration that privilege questions of values, rights and duties and culture, religion and lifestyles. Most significantly for the project, it will question whether issues of social cohesion can be divorced from forms of social and cultural exclusion that work through class, racism and ethnocentrism.

Professor Weedon added: "This is a unique and joint venture within the Humanities Schools which brings together academic staff and postgraduate students in humanities and social science disciplines. Four PhD scholarships will be available for entry in 2010-11 and I would urge anyone who is interested in these scholarships to get in touch for more details."

Further information on the (Re)-Constructing Multiculturalism scholarship opportunities are available by contacting Charlotte Whitehead via email (GraduateSchools@cf.ac.uk) or telephone (02920-879408).

In total, 72 full Research Council UK (RCUK) PhD scholarships are being offered by the University over the next two years as part of the flagship £4M investment to coincide with the inauguration of Professor Sir Martin Evans as the University’s new President.

Further information on all of the President’s Research Scholarships, is available at: http://www.cf.ac.uk/presidents/