Events listings from RACE.ED and partners. If you would like your event posted on this page, please email details to Clare de Mowbray.

RACE.ED event series – ‘Antisemitism and the proxification of antiracism’- 17 February 2021

Alana Lentin, Associate Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University

Event extract from Alana Lentin:

“The political utility of antisemitism today is not to illuminate the operations of race, but rather to obscure them. Expression of opposition to antisemitism functions as a ballast against denouncements of racism. Publicly performing opposition to antisemitism and support for Israel—the two having been made equivalent—has also become a proxy for politicians and public figures’ commitment to antiracism. Leaning on antisemitism as the sine qua non of racism and associating it singularly with the Nazi Holocaust, reinterpreted as a unique and aberrant event rather than the manifestation of a 500 year process (Slabodsky 2015), silences any questioning of this professed antiracism. To shed light on what is deliberately obfuscated, the question of antisemitism and its intense politicisation must be explored to answer the question, why race still matters. What is antisemitism and who is antisemitic, and why and to what ends antisemitism is named are questions that have come to dominate political discussions on both sides of the Atlantic against a backdrop of white supremacist violence and accompanying apologetics.

Joint RACE.ED-Sociology Symposium: Rethinking Race and Class – 1 March 2021  

Confirmed speakers include: Kalwant Bhopal (Birmingham), Imogen Tyler (Lancaster), Satnam Virdee (Glasgow)

RACE.ED Seminar: ‘We have no Harlem in Sudan’: Sudan’s Deflective Diplomacy- 25 March 2021  

Dr Sebabatso Manoeli, Senior Director for Strategic Programmes, Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity, Columbia University

This paper investigates the means through which Sudanese governments outmanoeuvred rebels internationally throughout the 1960s by analyzing the intertwining of Sudan’s diplomatic strategies for protecting its reputation in Pan-Africanist and anti-imperialist circles. It argues that Sudan employed a strategy of deflective diplomacy that drew international attention away from the “Southern Problem” while addressing the pertinent areas of reputational damage.

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Infrastructural Racism – 30-31 March 2021

Hosted by the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), the Centre for Data, Culture and Society (CDCS) and RACE.ED, the workshop will take place over two half days on 30 and 31 March, 2021 and will form Phase 1 of a larger project on Infrastructural Racism.

If you are interested in participating, please submit a 150-250 word abstract to The deadline for submissions is 15 January, 2021. Decisions about acceptance will be communicated by 30 January.

‘Slavery in the age of memory: Britain, France and the United States’

In this lecture, Professor Ana Lucia Araujo draws from her newest book ‘Slavery in the age of memory: Engaging the past’ to discuss the ways slavery and the Atlantic slave trade have been remembered and memorialized by individuals, social groups, and societies between the middle of the nineteenth century until the present.  Exploring several case studies from Britain, France, and the United States, she reviews the concepts of history, collective memory, cultural memory, public memory, official memory, and public history. 

The Edinburgh Centre for Global History invites proposals for a workshop with Professor Ana Lucia Araujo on the themes of slavery, race, history and memory. The workshop will provide a supportive space for PhD students, and those who have recently submitted their PhDs, to present and receive feedback on chapters or detailed dissertation research proposals relating to any of the above themes, singly or in combination.

Up to eight people will be selected to share a chapter-length piece of writing for intensive discussion and feedback from Professor Araujo and other workshop participants. As well as presenting their own work, participants will be expected to read and participate in discussion of other participants’ work.

The workshop will also be open to participants who do not submit papers but commit to reading all the submitted work in advance. Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2021

The Study of Islam and Muslims in the shadow of the “War on Terror”: Complexity, Reflexivity and Decolonising Methodologies – 8 June 2021

A major conference delivered by the Edinburgh Alwaleed Centre, Moray House School of Education and Sport, Centre for Education for Racial Equality Scotland & RACE.Ed.

Co organisers: Dr. Ibtihal Ramadan (MHSES & SSPS) and Dr. İdil Akıncı (Alwaleed/IMES/Sociology). With a keynote address by Professor Salman Sayyid (University of Leeds).

Past events

Dr Thomas LaVeist: why disparities exist…and what to do about it- 10 February 2021
In this talk hosted by the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh BAME Medics, he will discuss his journey to discover how race disparities exist in healthcare and what to do about them.

Social Anthropology Friday Seminar/EdCMA Annual Lecture. Adia Benton: Spy, Patrol Police: Black Life and the Production of Epidemiological Knowledge – 29 January 2021
This talk draws from a chapter in my in-progress book manuscript, The Fever Archive.

RACE.ED Seminar Series – The Sights and Sounds of State Violence – 27 January 2021
Kennetta Hammond Perry, Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University. This talk seeks to explore what reading David Oluwale’s archive through the sensory registers of sight and sound can tell us about how the power of the state is engineered, mobilized and sustained in such a manner that systematically suborns, sanctions and silences anti-Black violence, civil injury, distress, harm, and death.

Panel Event: The Renaming of David Hume Tower – 22 January 2021
David Hume, eighteenth-century philosopher and historian, published racist views towards non-white peoples in one of his essays. Hume’s racism has led the University of Edinburgh to remove his name from the campus’s tallest building, previously called David Hume Tower.

The Social Production of our Moral Indifference: Muslims, Whiteness and the Wreckage of Racialization
– 9 December 2020
Public lecture by Nasar Meer & worskshop. Despite several decades of compelling scholarship, semantic disputes continue to dominate accounts of the racialization of Muslims, or Islamophobia.

The Edinburgh Race Lecture Series – Professor Iyiola Solanke – 9 December 2020
Join us for the final Edinburgh Race Lecture in the series on Wednesday 9th December by Professor Iyiola Solanke. To what extent do Black women enjoy legal protection from discrimination in the labour market? How can this be improved? This talk will examine these questions through an exploration of anti-discrimination law and its impact in the UK, North America and the EU.

Edinburgh Workshop on Education and the Far Right  – 3 & 4 December 2020
While the far right has come to constitute an influential and enduring actor in the European political and societal debate, we still lack systematic knowledge on its representatives’ educational views, these views’ origin and development in the last decades, how they are being brought into politics and with what effect.

Race and Heritage in Scotland – 2 December 2020
During 2020, the Black Lives Matter and anti-racism movements have thrown the consequences and legacies of the past into sharper focus. In Scotland, buildings, monuments, public spaces and street names have become a touchstone for discussions and action on racism, slavery, empire and colonialism. As a sector, we can struggle to find a way to approach such contentious topics.

CRITIQUE Lecture Citizenship, Borders and Biopolitics in the age of Surveillance Capitalism with Nisha Kapoor (Warwick)- 26 November 2020
Nisha Kapoor teaches sociology at Warwick University. Her research interests are broadly concerned with racism and the security state covering topics relating to immigration, citizenship, criminalization, Islamophobia, segregation and authoritarianism.

Representing Slavery in Contemporary Black British Women’s Plays – 26 November 2020
Lynette Goddard, Professor of Black Theatre and Performance at Royal Holloway, University of London. Chaired by Dr Tolu Onabolu, Teaching Fellow, Edinburgh College of Art.

Andrew Carnegie Lecture Series : Sonia Boyce – 23 November 2020
Sonia Boyce will discuss the controversy that arose out of a performance that took place at Manchester Art Gallery in 2018, which included the temporary removal of the painting ‘Hylas and the Nymphs’ (1896) by John William Waterhouse.

Transitioning From AntiBlackness to ProBlack – 21 November 2020
This session will hopefully ignite and activate participants to exercise agency to become individual and institutional change agents! Please join A2MEND Organization as we moderate a nationwide discussion with Dr. Tommy Curry and Dr. William A. Smith.

Anti-blackness & Technology – 18 November 2020
The Center for Black Studies Research and The Multicultural Center, at the University of California Santa Barbara presents, Anti-Blackness & Technology. Featuring: Safiya Umoja Noble (UCLA), Ruha Benjamin (Princeton), Andre’ Brock (Georgia Tech), and Charlton McIlwain (NYU).

Public Health, Private Illness: Keynote Talk – 12 November 2020
Chisomo was unable to give her keynote talk during the main conference due to being locked down on a different continent to her research documents. However, the two have thankfully been reunited and Chisomo is now able to give her talk entitled ‘”No man is an island”: Understanding Indigenous and African perspectives of personal wellbeing within Global Health Studies’.

Repression and Resistance: Inside and Outside the Academy – 12 November 2020
The Webinar will begin with a keynote presentation by Professor Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, whose talk is titled, “The Human of Human Rights.” She will focus on the shutting down of gender studies programs globally and how this connects to the issue of human rights.

MT20: Africana Philosophy as a Decolonial Method – 12 November 2020
Tommy Curry is speaking at the Oxford Public Philosophy (OPP) journal’s Michaelmas 2020 Critical Discussion Groups on Africana Philosophy, on ‘Africana philosophy as a decolonial method’

Black History Month – Lunchtime Talks – every Tuesday in October 2020
A series of ‘Lunchtime talks’ as part of Scotland’s Black History Month.

Behind the Rhodes Statue: Empire and the British Academy – 29 October 2020
Join us for the forth lecture in the Edinburgh Race Lecture series on Thursday 29th October. Charied by Dr Katucha Bento, Lecturer in Race and Decolonial Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Africa Week:  26 – 30 October 2020
Africa Week is a cross-university celebration of the University of Edinburgh’s links with the African continent. It encourages collaboration between our different communities, seeks to address current issues and asks important questions of the past, present and future. Africa Week 2020 embraces the theme of Movement.

Arundhati Roy: Screening of Portal to a New World – 19 October 2020
Following her unmissable conversation with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival, we are thrilled to welcome back one of the world’s best-respected authors to discuss her new book of essays, Azadi.

Social Policy in Conversation events – 16 October 2020
Throughout the semester we will be hosting three Social Policy in Conversation events. 

Annual Lecture in the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality – 14 October 2020
Prof Diana Paton (Edinburgh) will give the Annual Lecture in the History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality on ‘Gender History, Global History, and Atlantic Slavery’.

Let’s Talk about Universities and Reparative Justice… – 9 October 2020
Roundtable on the role/responsibility of universities to recognise their links to slavery and colonialism and engage in reparative justice.

Climate and Community: Confronting constraints to Black Environmentalism – 9 October 2020
Hutton Club is a weekly geosciences seminar series, this week given by Francisca Rockey of Black Geographers.

Patrick French – The Indestructible Gandhi – 6 October 2020
The University of Edinburgh and Centre for South Asian Studies is pleased to host Professor Patrick French, University of Edinburgh Alum and Dean of School of Arts and Science at Ahmedabad University as part of ‘Celebrate South Asia’ at the University of Edinburgh.

The Hostile Environment, Covid-19 and the Politics of Care  – 05 October 2020
In this webinar we shall analyse the consequences of the financialisation and privatisation of social care in the past 30 years and the inadequately regulated care for the elderly and the disabled, on the one hand, and poor pay and precarious conditions for many.

From Proposal to Published: Writing Histories of Atlantic Slavery – 17 September 2020
We’ll be hosting a live interview and Q&A with Dr Sowande’ Mustakeem (Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis) to discuss her award-winning monograph, Slavery at Sea: Terror, Sex, and Sickness in the Middle Passage (2016).

Decolonising Development: Looking back, Looking forward – 16 September 2020
This DSA Development Study Group launch event discusses the retrospects and prospects of decolonising development studies.

After Utoya – Sifting the wreckage of white supremacy – 16 September 2020
Join us for the third event in the Edinburgh Race Lecture series.
‘After Utoya – Sifting the wreckage of white supremacy’ by Nasar Meer, Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship at the University of Edinburgh. Chaired by Professor Rowena Arshad CBE, FEIS, Chair in Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES)

Wilberforce Institute Webinar – Not Made By Slaves: Ethical Capitalism in the Age of Abolition – 10 September 2020
At this webinar hosted by the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute, Dr. Richard Huzzey, Reader in Modern British History from Durham University, will chair a discussion about ethical capitalism in the age of abolition.

African History Reflection Day 2020: Interrogating Language Of Identity – 31 August 2020
A forum for discussing African identity terminologies in the centenary year in which the African History Reflection Day concept was sown.

Brit Bennett: How the Other Twin Lives – 28 August 2020
In conversation with Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie Carter, co-founders of Black Girls Book Club, Bennett will answer audience questions following the discussion of The Vanishing Half. 

Webinar: Environmental Racism, Reparations and Planet Repairs – 20 August 2020
This roundtable will bring together activists and political campaigners to explore the need for an integrated conversation between environmentalists and reparationists.

Spent Lives: Taxi Driving and the Uber Economy – 20 August 2020
In this session, Julietta Hua and Kasturi Ray will illustrate how service labour economies are organised in ways that expect to diminish ‘reproductive lives’ for the benefit of ‘consumer lives’.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Speaks: African Languages and the African Renaissance – 15 August 2020
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is an award winning writer, literary and social activist and a multi-nominee of the Nobel Prize for Literature. He calls himself, “a language warrior.” He speaks on what he says are “very important questions” regarding African languages within the African Renaissance .

The Edinburgh Race Lectures: Decolonizing the Intersection – 12 August 2020
Tommy J. Curry, Distinguished Professor of Africana Philosophy & Black Male Studies. This public lecture will explore how intersectionality has also cultivated various negative theories about Black men and boys. In this way, the claims of intersectionality fail to distinguish itself from previously racist theories that sought to explain race, class, and gender, based on subgroup values.

Reach Society Networking Conversation – 31 July 2020
Reach Society End of the Month Networking Conversation

The Edinburgh Race Lectures: ‘Science, Race, and Academia’ – 28 July 2020
Angela Saini, in conversation about the concept of race, from its origins to the present day. We like to believe that we have moved beyond scientific racism, that most people accept race as a social construct, not a biological one.

Reading the Qur’an in Solidarity with Indigenous Rights –  25 July 2020
Join CCMS for a conversation with Shadaab Rahemtulla where he’ll share a recently published paper that may help provide a framework for Muslim-Indigenous solidarity.

Decolonising the musical university. Virtual event – 23 & 24 July 2020

‘Through the EDI Keyhole: Continuing Critical Conversations on Racism in Further and Higher Education’ – 23 July 2020
This webinar focused on the work of the steering group of the Tackling Racism on Campus project, an Advance HE project funded by SFC.

Wilberforce Institute Webinar – Tacky’s Revolt – 23 July 2020
In this webinar, the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull, as part of the lead up to Black History Month in October, hosted a round table of distinguished international experts on the causes and consequences of Tacky’s Revolt from 1760 in Jamaica.

RACE.ED Panel Event on Taking Stock – 15 July 2020
This event brought together a variety of stakeholders concerned with race equality in Scotland to launch the report ‘Taking Stock’ and to detail and discuss some of its key findings. The event included a panel of researchers, practitioners, activists, and politicians to discuss how the race equality agenda is developing in Scotland and where it may be headed in the years to come.

Turning words into actions: Eliminating racism and racial inequality in higher education – 14 July 2020
How can universities harness the momentum behind the Black Lives Matter movement as a moment for tangible, permanent action to address racial inequality affecting students and staff? And what are the immediate and longer-term steps universities should be taking to address structural racism? Organised by Universities UK.

RACE.ED Launch Event on Collective and Creative Pedagogy – 8 July 2020
The purpose of this RACE.ED launch event is to help us think collectively and creatively about how experiences of inequality and oppression (as structured through notions of vulnerability, intersectionality, decoloniality) should impact/be integrated into our pedagogy.

Historians on Dundas and Slavery – 7 July 2020
Moderated by Professor Diana Paton, organized by the Edinburgh Centre for Global History at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.