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Diversity Month 2012

Title: What makes Muslims sick and (why) does it matter? by Dr Saffron Karlsen, UCL Epidemiology & Public Health

Type of event: lunchtime lecture showcasing UCL research

Research investigating the relationships between culture and health frequently adopts an 'ethnic' focus, and exposes considerable variations in health experience between different ethnic groups. However, such work ignores an important dimension to these inequalities which could provide valuable insight into the drivers of these trends: religion. This presentation will describe the health disadvantage experienced by Muslims (with a range of ethnic backgrounds) compared with other ethnic/religious groups in the UK, and the extent to which these differences may be considered driven by genetic/biological or cultural/behavioural factors, or by the social/structural forces which produce socioeconomic disadvantage and social exclusion. It will also explore ways in which the social/structural factors which make Muslims ill may also make them sick - weary and annoyed at their lack of access to economic opportunities and the negative representations of and aggression towards Muslims which persist on the street, in Parliament and the media, particularly post 9/11, and which affect their ability to feel part of British society. While it may be cultural and religious ties which draw Muslims together, these identities take on new significance in response to the social exclusion to which Muslims in the UK and Europe are increasingly exposed. Addressing these social inequalities and dislocations requires wider society to take more responsibility for its role in their generation, rather than simply focussing on Muslims as the source of both the problem and the solution.

This event is open to all UCL staff, students and to the general public.

Date, Time and Venue:
Thursday 23 February, 1-2pm, Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.
A map can be found here.

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Sonal Bharadva

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