Testing Toleration in Britain’s Imperial and Post-imperial World
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The question of the nature and limits of toleration is now as pressing as it has ever been. We live in turbulent times with increasingly polarised – and perhaps intolerant – public debate as perceived differences between people become a site of controversy and values become oppositional. They have both roots and precedence in a world of empires. How did questions of toleration emerge in Britain’s empire and how were they dealt with? What is their legacy in Britain’s imperial and post-imperial world?
This inter-disciplinary doctoral and ECR conference at Birkbeck, University of London on Friday 15th June 2018 aims to explore the concept and limits of toleration in imperial and post-colonial attitudes and interactions between the people, religions and cultures of the nations which once constituted the British empire, both in situ and in migrant communities in Britain from c. 1750 to the present day.
Wider themes include: assimilation, tolerance, relativism, universalism, empire, integration, religion, secularism, multiculturalism, pluralism, liberalism.
Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Thompson, University of Exeter
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This is a student event (e.g. a graduate conference).
June 1, 2018, 5:00pm BST
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