Enhancing Muslim engagement in local democratic governance
Dr Therese O'Toole, SPAIS
Mr Zaheer Shabir, Building the Bridge, Bristol
|Title||Enhancing Muslim engagement in local democratic governance|
|Venue||Arts Complex, 3-5 Woodland Road|
|Chair||Zaheer Shabir, Building the Bridge, Bristol|
|Type of event||Workshop with keynote address and break-out sessions|
This event brings together community groups, local policy-makers and academics to reflect on the participation and representation of diverse Muslim communities in local democratic governance, and to consider ways in which this can be made more effective.
The event will feature: key-note addresses from public actors on the topic of Muslims and local democratic engagement; findings from two University of Bristol research projects: the first, on Muslim Participation in Contemporary Governance, will focus on models of Muslim democratic engagement in Birmingham, Leicester and Tower Hamlets; the second, on Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion, will focus on models of tolerance in school and political life. In addition, there will be world café sessions engaging with questions on how communities can be better engaged in local democratic governance in Bristol; and a round-table discussion on the themes of the day featuring local policy-makers, community actors and academics.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
1.00 Welcome and invitation to prayers
1.10 Prayers (15 minutes)
1.30 Reflections on Muslim democratic engagement
Professor Tariq Modood, Director, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol
1.40 “Bristol Muslim organisations’ encounter with the EDL”
Zaheer Shabir, Chair, Building the Bridge
2.10 “Experiences of Muslim participation in governance from Birmingham, Leicester and Tower Hamlets”
Therese O’Toole and Daniel Nilsson DeHanas, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol
“Muslim organisations and the 2010 General Election”
Jan Dobbernack, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol
3.00 Tea/coffee break
3.15 ‘World café’ sessions on:
1) Women’s engagement in local democracy
2) Young people’s engagement in local democracy
3) New communities’ engagement in local democracy
4) How can local democratic engagement be made more effective?
3.30 Prayers (15 minutes)
4.15 Reports from the world café sessions
4.35 Prayers (15 minutes)
4.50 Plenary on “How can Muslim engagement in democracy be enhanced?”
With Tehmina Kazi, Director, British Muslims for Secular Democracy
5.30 Next steps (Networking event with light refreshments)