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Brexit & Otherness - a modest unsystematic reflection

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The decision of the UK to leave the EU was promoted by an exaggerated account of otherness. This lecture analyses some of the ways in which this sense of British exceptionalism made itself manifest in the Brexit vote. From there, Prof James Conroy will establish that the etatist impulses that gave rise to such an outcome, with their cultural particularity, are not uniquely British but are part of a broader re-emergence of such ‘instincts’ and ‘discourse’ in a number of polities.

Moreover, they are a function of the dominance of a certain form of liberalism in education, which has in turn led to the emergence of a deracinated and decomplexified reading of religious and cultural otherness, despite - or maybe because of - the compulsory nature of liberal religious education across much of Europe.

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Professor James Conroy is the Vice-Principal (Internationalisation) at the University of Glasgow. He is responsible for the University’s international strategy and engagement with its partners. He is also Professor of Religious and Philosophical Education and previously held the position of Dean of the Faculty of Education, Head of Graduate School and Head of the Department of Religious Education.

He has served on the Boards of a number of Academic and Governments bodies including Learning and Teaching Scotland and the British Educational Research Association. A past President of the Association for Moral Education, he is currently Chair of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. He is also Chair of the Journal of Moral Education Trust. In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. With 3 monographs and c.100 papers and essays, his most recent monograph was a prize winner in the 2014 Society for Education Studies annual book prize. His scholarly interests are in liberalism, religion and education as well as epistemology in education.

This seminar is co-presented by the University of Glasgow and the EU Centre on Shared Complex Challenges.
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