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IRiS Roundtable series - Intersectionality and superdiversity: What's the difference?

7th Floor, Muirhead Tower (R21), Room 714/5
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Thursday 30th April 2015 (13:00-16:00)
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Professor Ann Phoenix, Dr Caroline Oliver and Professor Eleonore Kofman at the IRiS Key Concepts Roundtable on intersectionality and superdiversityWhile 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

Professor Ann Phoenix, Dr Caroline Oliver and Professor Eleonore Kofman at the IRiS Key Concepts Roundtable on intersectionality and superdiversity

The following academics participated:

Eleonore Kofman
Professor of Gender, Migration and Citizenship
Middlesex University London

Caroline Oliver
Senior Researcher
COMPAS, University of Oxford

Ann Pheonix
Professor, Department of Childhood, Families and Health
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