An Englishness Open To All? - Public Seminar

31 Mar
  • Paul woodhouse suite
  • Paul woodhouse suite

Winchester Cathedral


SO23 9LS


Hosted by the Centre for English Identity and Politics. This important seminar will explore barriers to and opportunities for an inclusive Englishness that is equally accessible to all parts of England and its diverse population.

English residents are becoming more likely to assert the ‘English’ part of their identity and to identify English interests and issues in politics. It seems that being ‘British’ is losing some of the power it once may have had as a symbolic, unifying, nationalidentity. However, it is not yet clear that English identity will become an inclusive identity that is equally accessible to everyone living in England; a civic rather than an ethnic identity.People from all backgrounds and ethnicities do say they are English, but there are marked differences in the likelihood of different ethnic groups identifying as English and in the priority they give to British or other identities. Some also suggest that regional differences within England undermine the idea of English as a unifying identity The seminar will explore the possibility of developing an English identity that was equally accessible to all parts of England and its population. We will look at the current evidence and trends, the barriers to a more inclusive identity and the measures that might be taken to lower them. In line with other events at the Centre for English Identity and Politics, the seminar will bring together academics, commentators, practitioners, journalist and politicians.Speakers will include:Sunder Katwala, British FutureRichard Webber, University of NewcastleLiam Byrne, Labour MPDr Debra Grey, University of WinchesterDr Charles Leddy-Owen, Portsmouth UniversityDr Ariana Giovannini, De Montfort UniversityDavid Goodhart, Policy ExchangeDr Nasar Meer, University of Strathclyde, GlasgowDr Maria Sobolewska, University of ManchesterProf Tariq Modood, University of BristolBooking is essential/

10:00am - 5:00pm

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