Dr Prakash Shah

Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Prakash Shah specialises in religion and law, ethnic minorities and diasporas in law, immigration, refugee and nationality law, and comparative law with special reference to South Asians. He has published widely and lectured internationally in these fields (see cv). Dr Shah was Lecturer at SOAS, University of London from 1993, and Lecturer at the University of Kent at Canterbury from August 2000. He joined Queen Mary, University of London in 2002, where he is now a Senior Lecturer. Dr. Shah is currently participating in the RELIGARE project (http://www.religareproject.eu/), a three-year research project funded by the FP7 Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities Programme of the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission. RELIGARE explores increasing diversity of religions and other convictions that are transforming Europe into a new type of entity. The purposes of RELIGARE are to identify the normative frameworks, case-law, and policies best capable of holding together the countries’ diverse inhabitants in a democratic structure and an EU-wide zone of social peace, while maintaining respect for the rule of law and ensuring social justice for all. The RELIGARE project is also building an online database of case law from some participating European countries. For a podcast of the public lectures given at the last RELIGARE conference in June 2010 at Queen Mary, follow this link: http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/podcast/index.html#religare

Dr. Shah and Dr. Derya Bayir (a former doctoral student at Queen Mary) have just completed the fieldwork stage of a project investigating the Socio-legal Adaptation of British Immigrants in Turkey. The project is funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the British Institute in Ankara. Interviews with British and Turkish people were conducted in the Muğla region of Western Turkey, an area of significant British settlement, between May and August 2010. The first results will be presented by Dr. Shah and Dr. Bayir at the International Conference on Transnationalism and Migration (TRANSMIG) in Stockholm on November 4-5 (see http://www.ceifo.su.se/pub/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=5996&a=81630).

Dr. Shah co-convened (with Prof. Marie-Claire Foblets of the Catholic University of Leuven) a workshop on Legal Practice and Accommodation in Multicultural Europe at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL), Oñati, Spain, 3-4 June 2010. A total of 15 papers were delivered at the workshop, which had 30 participants Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK, and among which were anthropologists, legal scholars and judges. The workshop was supported by a conference grant from the British Academy and further financial support from the IMISCOE network (the EU-funded Network of Excellence for International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion). The participants discussed various related themes on the question of accommodation in Western plural societies including the issues of who accommodates, how accommodation takes place, what the limits and structural constraints are to accommodation, and the implications for legal theory. The workshop programme can be downloaded at http://www.iisj.net/iisj/de/calendar-2010.asp?cod=5081&nombre=5081&prt=1&sesion=1347.  Selected papers will be published in a volume in 2011.

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7th LCSS PhD Methodology Conference

The conference aims to bring together PhD & Professional doctoral students and early-career researchers from various disciplines within the Social Sciences and Humanities in order to share their research experiences.

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A Tide of Humanity: Discussing the Migrant Crisis

On 27 November 2015, LCSS has successfully organised a roundtable at SOAS to discuss the recent Migrant Crisis

LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, London, 3rd-7th August 2015

In August 2015, LCSS has successfully conducted the Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford.

LCSS Summer School 2015

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International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice: Re-Gendering Education

LCSS’s growing gender platform continued its international conference series in Bloomington, IN, United States on International Conference on Gender and Education


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In the Name of the Nation: the burqa ban, French values and Islam

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On Welfare Reform with Baroness Molly Meacher

Interview by Ozdemir Ahmet - On Thursday 4 April 2013 An interview was conducted with Baroness Molly Meacher at the House of Lords where questions were put out to her with regards to the welfare reforms introduced by the coalition.

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