World Civilisation or Clash of Civilisations?

A one day conference debating the ‘clash of civilisations’ thesis - 20 January 2007

New timings: The closing plenary entitled 'Multicultural London – does it work?' will now take place from 6-8pm. If you would like to register for this session only complete the online registration form.
Some argue that the world is going into an era of conflict and war driven by a 'clash of civilisations'. The Mayor of London’s policies are based on the exact opposite idea — that the multicultural city is part of creating a new concept of world civilisation that corresponds to a globalised world.
Gavin Esler, BBC Newsnight presenter, will chair the main debate between Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, and Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum, an American think tank that advises US policymakers on the Middle East, on these contrasting approaches and their implications for Londoners.
Sessions will see scholars and policy-makers discuss the impact of international events on London's communities and examine issues such as religious tolerance, human rights, diversity and the approach to multiculturalism.
Other speakers include:
  • David Aaronovitch, Times columnist and author
  • Tariq Ali, Writer
  • Dr. Abdul Bari, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain
  • Martin Bright, Political Editor, New Statesman
  • Alistair Crooke, Director, Conflicts Forum
  • Doudou Diène, UN Special Rapporteur on Racism and Xenophobia
  • Professor Danny Dorling, specialist in Human Geography
  • Gavin Esler, BBC’s Newsnight Presenter
  • Jonathan Freedland, Journalist
  • Professor Conor Gearty, Rausing Director, Centre for the Study of Human Rights
  • Kirsten Hearne, REGARD
  • Andrés Izarra, Venezuela's TeleSur TV
  • Doug Jewell, Liberty
  • Oliver Kamm, Times columnist and author
  • Mejindarpal Kaur, Director, United Sikhs
  • Bruce Kent, Peace Campaigner
  • Antony Lerman, Executive Director, Institute for Jewish Policy Research
  • Douglas Murray
  • Susan Nathan, Writer
  • Cristina Odone, Columnist
  • Alasdair Palmer, Telegraph
  • Agnès Poirier, political and cultural commentator
  • Professor Tariq Ramadan, Senior Research fellow at St Antony's College (Oxford)
  • Councillor Salma Yaqoob
Conference sessions include:
  • Is Britain becoming more segregated?
  • Can there be progressive colonialism?
  • Multicultural London – does it work?
  • Anti-Semitism: the prototype for other racisms
  • Defending freedom of thought, conscience and religion
  • Is there an Islamic threat?
  • Enlightenment values and modern society
  • Civil liberties - counter terrorism and torture
  • Democratic solutions for the Middle East
The event
Date: Saturday 20 January 2007
Time: 10am-8pm
Location: The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London SW1
Get your ticket
Register online free:
Tel: 020 7983 4838
Registration deadline: 18 January 2007
World Civilisation or Clash of Civilisations?
Mayor of London
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