IRiS Roundtable series - Intersectionality and superdiversity: What's the difference?
- 7th Floor, Muirhead Tower (R21), Room 714/5
- Thursday 30 April 2015 (13:00-16:00)
While there is fairly widespread agreement that increased demographic complexity has led to the emergence of superdiversity in many industrialised countries, the relationship between superdiversity as a concept and analytical tool and other key concepts through which societal diversity and inequality have been approached has been under-theorised. In particular superdiversity has been criticised for reinventing the notion of intersectionality. In this roundtable, we invited internationally renowned academics with long-standing expertise and interests in intersectionality to consider a range of questions. These included:
- What is the difference between intersectionality and superdiversity?
- What does superdiversity add to existing thinking on the intersection of race, gender, class and other social variables?
- How can intersectionality help us to understand superdiversity?
Speakers briefly outlined their thoughts on the issues/questions we raised to begin a conversation about the implications/interrelationships between superdiversity and intersectionality. Short presentations contemplated conceptual and theoretical rather than empirical dimensions and were followed by open discussions.
'Intersectionality and superdiversity: What's the difference?
Report by Rachel Humphris, Associate Researcher, IRiS
The following academics participated:
Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship
Middlesex University London
COMPAS, University of Oxford
Professor, Department of Childhood, Families and Health
Institute of Education