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Conference Programme

Centre for Ideas 

Annual Conference


 19th May 2016 – 10.00-18.00 – Registration 09.30

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Conference Programme

 Further details of papers and posters 


10.00-10.05  -Introduction and Welcome by Professor Dana Arnold and Professor Joshua Castellino

10.10-10.30 – Chair: Professor Joshua Castellino:

Keynote Address Baroness Young of Hornsey


Panel 1  Diversity: LGBT – Chair: Professor Eleonore Kofman

Dr Alice Donald and Dr Erica Howard – Diversity: but what about clashing rights? Freedom of religion or belief and equality for LGBT people

Kerri Jefferis and Suzanne van Rossenberg – Queering sites of learning

11.30-11.50 Break 


Panel  2  Diversity: Faith  – Chair: Professor  Joshua Castellino

Professor T C Melewar , Tugra Nazli Akarsu, Dr Pantea Foroudi and Dr Olga Mourouti  -Managing diversity: Muslim consumers in Turkey

Dr Doirean Wilson – Respecting Spiritual Identity at Work: A 21st Century Cultural Viewpoint

Associate Professor Anne Daguerre – Accommodation of Muslim minorities in higher education in Britain and France.

12.50-14.30 – Poster Session on the Mezzanine  



Roundtable Diversity: Gender – Chaired by Dr Anastasia Christou 

Emma Dick (Middlesex University and SPINNA Circle), Rupa Ganguli (Clothing Connect and SPINNA Circle) and Kiran Gobin (Middlesex University)  – Empowering women in fashion and textiles globally: enabling strategies for diversity in the global fashion and textiles industry.

Maria Adamson – Questioning Contemporary Role Models: Celebrity Business Women the Corporate Feminist?


Panel  3  Diversity: Workplace – Chair: Marie Green Director, PwC

Dr Roger Kline – The NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard: An evidence based response to deep seated NHS workforce race discrimination.

Dr Leandro Sepulveda and Professor Stephen Syrett – Re-thinking economic development in an age of diversity.

Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles and Prof Stephen Syrett – Diasporas, identity and enterprise: Conceptualising politicised ethnic entrepreneurship

16.15-16.30 – Closing remarks

16.30-17.00 – Drinks reception


Special Event: separate registration required

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Provocations on Race

Professor Kurt Barling and Professor Yasmin Alibhai Brown in conversation

Leading newspaper columnist Professor Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in conversation with Professor Kurt Barling former BBC Special Correspondent and author of two recent books on terrorism and race.   Can Britain move beyond the skin debate and leave Race behind?  In his book The R Word Barling argues race is a myth which has a firm grip on our imaginations.  Alibhai-Brown argues Racism is still rampant.  Its a discussion that promises fireworks.  Come along and join in the debate about how we can  make diversity matter.

18.00 – Close




Cfi Annual Conference:Diversity

Cfi Annual Conference: Diversity

19th May 2016, Hendon 10am-5pm

Keynote Speaker: Baroness Young of Hornsey

Call for Papers and Posters

The theme of the 2016 Cfi annual conference is Diversity. Middlesex University has one of the most diverse campuses in London with many staff and students representing different dynamics. Diversity at Middlesex is about treating everyone fairly regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation and religious beliefs while creating a positive, safe and nurturing environment for students and staff. More information about the conference can be found at

Colleagues are warmly invited to submit proposals for papers or posters by 12 February 2016. Proposals for presentations of group work and research being undertaken by doctoral students are welcome.

Proposals should be no more than 300 words in length and should be sent to the Cfi Administrator Nicola Skinner

Attendance is open to all colleagues. You can register at -:

‘Higher education should embrace diversity and difference as sources of inspiration and learning, yet many universities recruit students from a narrow range of backgrounds and base their reputations on how selective they are. If universities are really to be engines of social mobility, we need to work with diversity as a resource in all that we do, and rise to the challenge that higher education is not just about smart thinking but different thinking.’

Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University