2011 Keynote Speaker: Yamin Alibhai-Brown

 Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

A Settler’s London: Tales of Migration, Multiculturalism and Resistance


Yasmin Alibhai-Brown  is a noted columnist on the UK daily The Independent. She  has also written for The GuardianThe ObserverThe Evening Standard, The New York TimesTime Magazine, NewsweekThe Mail and other newspapers. She came to theUK fromUganda in 1972, going on to complete her M.Phil. in Literature at theUniversity ofOxford in 1975. Her work as a journalist in the subsequent decades won her, amongst other awards, the Orwell Prize for Political Journalism in 2002.


Yasmin was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research 1996-2001 and is now a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Centre. She is a Vice President of the United Nations Association, UK., President of theInstituteofFamily Therapy, and a Special Ambassador for the Samaritans. In 2008 she was appointed Visiting Professor of Journalism at the Universities of Cardiff and Lincoln. She is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool’s John Moore’s University and holds an honorary degree from the Open University for her contributions to social justice.


Yasmin is also a radio and television broadcaster and a regular public speaker inBritainand abroad. In 2001 she was awarded an MBE for services to journalism but  in 2003 she returned the award as a protest against what see saw as the new imperialism inIraqand in the light of her growing republicanism. Polls held in 2005 named her the 10th most influential black/Asian woman in the country and one of the most powerful Asian media professionals in the UK.


Yasmin’s memories of growing up in Ugandaare recalled in her book  No Place Like Home (1995). True Colours: Attitudes to Multiculturalism and the Role of Government (1999) paved the way for Who Do We Think We Are? Imagining the New Britain (2000), an acclaimed book on the state of the nation. After Multiculturalism (2000), re-assessed and critiqued multicultural ideology in Britain. The widely praised Mixed Feelings (2001) is a study of mixed race Britons. Her journalistic writings were collected inSome of My Best Friends Are… (2005).  


Her latest book is The Settler’s Cookbook: Tales of Love, Migration and Food (2009), upon which we have modelled the title for her Keynote Address. Signed copies of the book will be available afterwards.