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UEA meeting to promote unity and inclusivity

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is convening a public meeting, entitled “Breaking away not breaking apart”, on Friday 9 September 2016 to discuss strategies for counteracting the post-referendum rise in incidents of racist threats and violence.

“Thanks to our diverse character, we believe that UEA is uniquely positioned to bring together academics, policymakers, NGO representatives and the general public to discuss ways of increasing unity and inclusivity in the wider community,” said Ulrike Theuerkauf, UEA Lecturer in Politics and International Development at the School of International Development (DEV).

“We want to share academic research and understanding about patterns of racism in the UK and the reasons why racist incidents have reportedly also risen in Norwich and Norfolk since the referendum on 23 June. This meeting provides an important opportunity to explore ways in which we can work together over the coming months and years to achieve greater tolerance and inclusivity.”

Speakers at the event will include Iman Abou Atta (Faith Matters), Alan Anstead (the UK Race and Europe Network), Shoomi Chowdhury (Amnesty International), Rt Hon Charles Clarke (Visiting Professor, UEA), Prof Alan Finlayson (UEA) and Chloe Smith MP (Norwich North). Each will make a short presentation, then there will be discussions and a Question & Answer session.

It will be held from 6 to 8pm at Epic Studios, 112-114 Magdalen Street, Norwich NR3 1JD, close to the Village Shop, an Eastern European store that was firebombed in July. Tickets are free but should be booked in advance at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/breaking-away-not-breaking-apart-tickets-27090287780?aff=eac2 .

The meeting is endorsed by the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN), New Routes (Norwich), Tell MAMA/Faith Matters, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Amnesty International.