Join historian and urban policy specialist Jon Bloomfield in conversation with Professor Meena Dhanda discussing some of the stories in Our City.

Race and migration are the most prominent and divisive issues in British politics today. As Brexit and the dangers of Islamist extremism are being used to reassert a closed British identity, these stories – of fifty migrants, first and second generation; men and women; from thirteen different countries from Ireland to India, Pakistan to Poland, the Caribbean to Somalia – highlight the variety of migrant experience and offer an antidote to the fear-mongering of the tabloid press.

Our City tells a positive story of integration is all too rarely heard, and offers a firm defence of the principles of equality and increased diversity. Balancing a historian’s training with decades of experience as an urban policy specialist, Jon Bloomfield demonstrates why mixed, open societies are the way forward for twenty-first-century cities, and how migrants help modern Britain not only survive, but prosper.

About the author

Jon Bloomfield is a historian and an urban policy specialist. He is currently an advisor to the EU’s largest climate change initiative, Climate KIC, and for over a decade has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, having previously worked for Coventry and Birmingham City Councils.

Professor Meena Dhanda is an Indian philosopher and writer and Professor of Philosophy and Cultural Politics at the University of Wolverhampton. She is internationally recognised as a leading academic in the development of diaspora dalit studies. She conducts philosophy with a 'practical intent' and has pushed for more legal protections against caste-based discrimination. Dhanda has written about problems of racism within the field of philosophy, calling for more diversity within the field, and has spoken of the importance for her of doing "socially engaged philosophy. 

Performer: Jon Bloomfield

Date: Saturday 1 February 2020

Time: 3.30–4.30pm

Venue: Wolverhampton Art Gallery – Georgian Gallery

Price (inc. booking fee): £4.90

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