The role of age is often neglected in public discourse about identities and belonging in society today.
This Cumberland Conversation-style panel discussion will explore what age, alongside other factors, can mean for a person’s sense of place in a community, whether they are at the beginning of adulthood or reaching more matured years.
Moderated by the broadcaster and journalist, Baroness Joan Bakewell, four Cumberland Lodge PhD Scholars will form a panel to discuss what identities and belonging means to them as we launch our Identities & Belonging 2018-19 series.
Identities and belonging
Identity is at the core of our social lives. How we choose to identify ourselves or how others identify us, whether in social situations or institutionally, shifts and alters depending on employment, ethnic background, gender, age and religiosity.
Some of these components of our identity are changeable and we often believe that we have the power to change our identity, particularly in relation to employment and class structure.
‘Identities' and 'belonging’ are familiar terms. Immigration, religion and multiculturalism continue to saturate public discourse and politics in Britain today, in an ongoing attempt to establish who we are as individuals and as a nation, and what this means in 21st Century Britain and for our futures.
- Is it possible for society to cater for such a diverse group of people?
- Can the state protect a society that has many faiths, significant cultural differences and often their own social agenda?
- How can society learn to embrace rather than tolerate cultural and ethnic differences?
Our Identities & Belonging series is addressing all of these questions and more, through a diverse programme of interdisciplinary conferences, consultations, study retreats and other public events.