After completing a BA in History and an MA in Modern History at the University of York, Jed Fazakarley studied for a D. Phil. in History at Balliol College, Oxford, in 2010-4. His thesis, entitled “Muslim Communities in England, 1962-92: Multiculturalism and Political Identity”, provided a fresh perspective upon ethnic politics in post-war Britain and upon the place of Muslim communities within it. Building from considerations of English Muslim integration in British education, employment, social services and party politics, the thesis presented British multiculturalism as an approach to politics and government that posited discrete communities, variously defined on the basis of “race”, ethnicity, national origins, and religion, and made special provisions for them in light of their supposed “special needs”. Dispensing with traditional periodisations into phases of assimilation, integration, multiculturalism and anti-racism, the thesis suggested a relative stable approach based on the pragmatic accommodation of difference in the service ultimately of integration. Since coming to TORCH in January 2015 as an Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Research Fellow in History, Dr Fazakarley has been revising his doctoral thesis for publication as a monograph, and beginning work on a new project concerning the simultaneous expression of ties to homeland and country of residence by Indian diaspora organisations in twentieth century Britain.
“Race as a Separate Sphere in British Government: from the Colonial Office to Municipal Anti-racism”, Callaloo 39: 1 (Winter, 2016), pp. 185-202.
“Multiculturalism’s Categories and Transnational Ties: the Bangladeshi Campaign for Independence in Britain, 1971”, Immigrants & Minorities 34: 1 (January 2016), pp. 49-69.
“British Multiculturalism: an Emerging Field for Historians” in Sam Wiseman ed., Assembling Identities (Newcastle : Cambridge Scholars, 2014), pp. 85-98.
“Racisms ‘Old’ and ‘New’ at Handsworth, 1985”, University of Sussex Journal of Contemporary History 13 (2010).