Saturday 24 February 2018
Who Belongs? Can we Afford to be Different?
4.30pm - 5.45pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Brett Heasman, Celestin Okoroji, Professor Bev Skeggs, Dr Jana Uher
Chair: Dr Sunil Kumar
There have been significant advances in the rights, recognition and participation of diverse groups of people in the UK over the past 30 years. And yet, people’s backgrounds and characteristics – such as their age, gender, ethnicity, 'abilities' or 'disabilities', and sexual orientation – continue to strongly influence their life experiences, opportunities and prosperity. During an extended period of austerity, the current political climate is characterised by sharp divisions in attitudes to the long-term direction of the country, to the question of 'who belongs?' and to the sustainability of the UK's welfare system – giving rise to the question, ‘Can we afford to be different?’