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As the year comes to a close, we would like to take a moment to recognise all that has happened over the last few months and acknowledge the challenges of continuing with “business as usual” amid collective grief, exhaustion and pain. The world is laden with hostility and continues to challenge us as we undertake the work of antiracism and decolonisation. As we grapple with these realities, let us not forget the importance of collective care and solidarity in moments such as this. Caring for one another and standing in solidarity with one another is part of the work of antiracism. As an ode to these elements of our work we would therefore like to amplify moments over the semester during which we engaged in moments of collective care, dreaming and solidarity.

Blog post by Rutendo Amanda Hoto - President of the University of Edinburgh's African and Caribbean Society, Founder of Black Women at Edinburgh As November unfolds, we mark the conclusion of the UK’s Black History Month. This year’s theme, ‘Saluting our Sisters,’ directed our focus towards the remarkable achievements of Black women across various domains, both in history and in the present.

Across continents and time zones, my unbiological sister and I exchanged stories of the ways in which we have recently been [mis]racialised1. We have been having variations of this conversation for over a decade – me as the mixed race child of a white South African mother and black South African father, her as the mixed race child of a South African Coloured mother and a South African Indian father.

Blog post by Julia Marques da Silva Through the work that I have done in my dissertation in exploring how Brazilians reconstructed their social, political, and historical contexts into their …

Cross-posted from the Royal Society of Edinburgh, – blog post by Nasar Meer, University of Glasgow, UK Social scientists probably agree that approaches to policy impact stressing only supply side …

The exact place, I don’t know. But I took this picture on a corner near Nivia Uchoa’s house, a photographer from Ceará(Brazil) that I met through Ruth Sousa, an artist …

RACE.ED and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power have published a new collection of essays exploring racial justice work in higher education, titled Advancing Racial Equality in Higher Education. The collection follows on from the event “Racial Equity Work in the University and Beyond: The Race Equality Charter in Context”, which explored what racial equality means in higher education and was organized following publication of the report of a large-scale review of the Race Equality Charter.

It’s been an immense privilege to be part of the founding team of RACE.ED, first as Director and then as a network member this past year under the stewardship of its present co-Directors Dr Katucha Bento and Dr Shaira Vadasaria and administrator Michaelagh Broadbent. 

This year RACE.ED brought forward global discussions on the historical and on-going legacies of race and colonialism in contemporary politics from Brazil, France, Palestine, Lebanon and Turtle Island, among other countries.

Discussions of contemporary white supremacy are seemingly everywhere: the election of Donald Trump and the January 6th insurrection, the murder of George Floyd, Brexit, the rise of the Alternative Right and white supremacist violence, and the coordinated efforts to deny racism and not educate children about the history and contemporary reality of race.

Nakba is an Arabic word, roughly translating to ‘catastrophe’ and is the word Palestinians use to talk about the appropriation of land and expulsion and exile of over 800,000 people during the partition of Palestine to make way for the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

On 7 March 2023, UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman, escalating the rhetoric on and punitive approach to migration, asylum and refugees, announced the ‘Illegal Migration Bill’ and strategy to stop migrants crossing the Channel in small boats by arresting, detaining, deporting and banning those caught.