Intercultural Interaction supports a wide range of research-related projects that examine the causes, features and consequences of diversity in contemporary societies and governance. Under this remit, it covers topics as diverse as transnational historical perspectives on the economic crisis, the accommodation of religious practices in liberal secular states, the aesthetics and ethics of globalization, or the effect of research evidence on EU asylum law.
In order to highlight the range of
intellectual and political concerns involved, the programme runs an
associated guest lecture series, with one event taking place per term.
Each event of which is held in conjunction with a UCL department or
Professor Alberto Moreiras
The event was co-hosted by UCL Spanish and Latin American Studies
Alberto Moreiras is Sixth Century Professor of Modern Thought and Hispanic Studies at the University of Aberdeen.
In the last decades, Prof. Moreiras has been one of the leading and most original theorists on Latin American, Hispanic and global political and cultural thought.
At the Centre for Modern Thought at Aberdeen his research projects have involved tracing the evolution of ideas in the humanities, from the linguistic turn to the current 'political turn'.
Professor Moreiras's articles on issues from transculturation, reactionary literature, religion, to 'infinite decolonisation' have appeared in leading journals like Social Text and South Atlantic Quarterly.
His books include The Exhaustion of Difference: The Politics of Latin American Cultural Studies (Duke University Press, 2001), Línea de sombra: el no-sujeto de lo político (Palinodia, 2006), and Third Space: Literary Mourning in Latin America (1999).
Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh
The event was hosted in conjunction with the UCL School of Public Policy
Lord Bhikhu Parekh is an Emeritus Professor at the Universities of Hull and Westminster.
He is the author of several books, including Rethinking Multiculturalism (2000) and A New Politics of Identity (2008).
1997 to 2000 Prof. Parekh was also chair of the Runnymede Commission on
the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain. A Fellow of the British Academy, he
is the recipient of the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime
Contribution to Political Philosophy.
In the 2nd UCL Grand Challenge of Intercultural Interaction Guest Lecture, co-hosted by the UCL School of Public Policy, he explored the current debate on the nature of secularism and whether it can be hospitable to religion.
For a video recording of the lecture, please click here.
Dr James Smith, Chief Executive of the Aegis Trust
The event was hosted in conjunction with the UCL Institute for Human Rights
James Smith spoke about the work of The Aegis Trust, a UK-based genocide prevention organisation, which he co-founded.
Aegis undertakes research and policy advice with regard to genocide prevention. It runs genocide education programmes and provides support for survivors and communities where genocide has happened.
Based at the UK Holocaust
Centre, it is responsible for the Kigali Memorial Centre, Rwanda. In
2001, Aegis convened the first-ever international conference on
genocide prevention, in partnership with the UK Foreign &
The lecture was accompanied by an exhibition of drawings by Darfurian and Chadian children, collected by London-based NGO Article 1, which describe tattacks on their villages, and which have in 2007 been accepted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague as contextual evidence for war crimes committed.
For a selection of images, please see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/darfur