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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Staff and Governance

To contact the IMEMS administrative office please use the following details:


T: 0191 334 2974

Core Staff

The day-to-day running of IMEMS is the responsibility of the Core Executive Committee, comprising the Director and Associate Directors and the Administrator. 

Publication details for Dr Maria Dimova-Cookson

Dimova-Cookson, Maria & Stirk, P.M.R. (2009). Multiculturalism and Moral Conflict. Routledge Innovations in Political Theory. London: Routledge: Routledge.

Author(s) from Durham


Multiculturalism is higher on the daily political agenda in Europe and North America than it has ever been. Leading politicians and public commentators speak with an unparalleled bluntness about the perceived limitations of multiculturalism while representatives of cultural, minorities express concern about marginalisation. This timely intervention in the debate explores the moral dilemmas underlying the challenge posed by multiculturalism . The contributors seek to confront the reality of moral conflict in the debate on multiculturalism while resisting the simplification which too frequently accompanies daily commentary on both sides of an increasingly polarised debate. The volume as a whole marks an important step in the attempt to examine the underlying concepts and issues, including the challenge to core liberal values, the moral significance of culture, the nature and legitimate extent of disagreement, the nature of secularism, the implications for our understanding of the state and citizenship, which inevitably constitute key assumptions in the debate.


Maria Dimova-Cookson “Introduction”, Gerald F. Gaus “The Place of Religious Belief in Public Reason Liberalism”, Peter Jones “Cultures, Group Rights, and Group-Differentiated Rights”, John Horton “Reasonable Disagreement”, Matthew Festenstein “Naivety, Doubt and the Politics of Cultural Identification” , Monica Mookherjee “Value Pluralism and the Liberal Multicultural Paradox”, Tariq Modood “Muslims, Religious Equality and Secularism”, Cécile Laborde “Secularism and Fair Treatment for Muslims”, Peter M. R. Stirk “Multiculturalism and the Concept of the State”, Andrew Mycock “The Enduring Legacy of Empire: Post-imperial Citizenship and National Identity(ies) in the United Kingdom”

Full Executive Committee

Our Full Executive Committee is made up of the Core Executive Committee, listed above, plus a number of executive members including:

International Advisory Board

We are extremely fortunate to have be able to call on the help and guidance of colleagues from around the world who help to shape and guide our direction, strategy and international reach. Our current Advisory Board members are: