Symposium: Multiculturalism - How can society deal with it?


Paleis der Academiën, Brussel

Activiteit in het kader van de Denkerscyclus 


The symposium of the 2017 Thinkers' Programme will take place on Friday June 23rd. The symposium wil be held in English. Registration is free of charge.

We will update this page with the programme details. Confirmed speakers are:

  • Thinkers-in-residence: Tariq Modood and Frank Bovenkerk
  • Karen Phalet
  • Leni Franken
  • Patrick Loobuyck 


01 Welcome 09:00 - 09:10
Godelieve Laureys, Chair of the Class of Humanities (speaker)

02 Introduction 09:10 - 09:30
Marie-Claire Foblets, Coordinator Thinkers Programme (speaker)
The Thinkers will start each session with a comment on their view as described in the draft report. The respondents are invited to react on this draft followed by a discussion in each session.
03 Modes of Integration, Multiculturalism and National Identities 09:30 - 11:30
Tariq Modood, Thinker in Residence (speaker)
Patrick Loobuyck, UAntwerp, Centre Pieter Gillis (speaker)
Leen Verraest, Director-general Flemish Agency for Civic Integration (speaker)
Orhan Agirdag, KU Leuven, Education and Society (speaker)
Dirk Jacobs, ULB, GERME Institut de Sociologie (speaker)

04 Coffee break 11:30 - 11:50
05 Religious Diversity in a Secular Society; with special reference to Education in Flanders (part I) 11:50 - 13:20
Tariq Modood, Thinker in Residence (speaker)
Jozefien De Leersnyder, KU Leuven, Social and Cultural Psychology (speaker)
Elias Hemelsoet, GO! Education of the Flemish Community (speaker)
Chris Wyns, Flemish Catholic Education (speaker)
Leni Franken, UAntwerp, Centre Pieter Gillis (speaker)
06 Lunch break 13:20 - 14:10
07 Religious Diversity in a Secular Society; with special reference to Education in Flanders (part II) 14:10 - 14:40
08 Multicultural Diversity and Delinquency in Belgium 14:40 - 16:40
Frank Bovenkerk, Thinker in Residence (speaker)
Stefaan Pleysier, KU Leuven, Leuven Institute of Criminology (speaker)
Marleen Easton, UGent, research group 'Governance of Security', Faculty of Economics (speaker)
Annalisa Gadaleta, Alderman Molenbeek (speaker)
Alexander van Leuven, KU Leuven, IMMRC (speaker)
09 Discussion on the draft paper as a whole 16:40 - 17:10
10 Conclusions 17:10 - 17:20
Ron Lesthaeghe, Coordinator Thinkers Programme (speaker)
11 Reception 17:20 - 17:20