Distinguished Speaker Series Guest Lecture: Professor Steven Vertovec

Posted on Tuesday 24th July 2012

Professor Steven Vertovec

Professor Steven Vertovec, Director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Gottingen and Honorary Joint Professor of Sociology and Ethnology, University of Gottingen, will deliver a guest lecture on 'Diversification and 'diversity': configurations, representations and encounters', and will explore his ideas around 'super-diversity' in this, his first guest lecture for the University of Birmingham's College of Social Sciences on 24 October.

Professor Vertovec has written four books and published thirty-one edited volumes including Conceiving Cosmopolitanism, The Multicultural Backlash and a five-volume set on Migration. He has acted as expert or consultant for numerous agencies, including the British Government's Cabinet Office and Home Office, the European Commission, the G8, the World Bank and UNESCO.

His work around 'super-diversity' stems from the unprecedented degree of diversification - in terms of national, ethnic, religious and linguistic categories - evident in contemporary patterns of global migration. He has also observed diversification by way of changing migration channels, legal statuses and conditions, configurations of gender and age, and migrants' human capital (education, work skills and experience): together such changes have produced the condition known as 'super-diversity'.

Further information

Date: Wednesday 24 October 2012
Time: 17:30-18:30 pm
Venue: Room G15 Main Lecture Theatre, Muirhead Tower

If you would like to register for this event, please contact Ann Bolstridge, a.bolstridge@bham.ac.uk.

Refreshments will be available after the guest lecture.