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

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.

Dr. Bronwen Everill, the Class of 1973 Lecturer in History and a fellow of Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, will be talking about her new book, “Not Made By Slaves: Ethical Capitalism in the Age of Abolition”, followed by a reply from Professor John Oldfield, Professor of History at the University of Hull and former Director of the Wilberforce Institute, and Professor Suzanne Schwarz, Professor of History at the University of Worcester.

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)

Some years ago I addressed an audience on Utøya Island to commemorate the horrific terror attack there in 2011. Since then, Utøya has been rebuilt as a space to promote antiracist values. In this public lecture, I will reflect on this experience to argue that the terrorism undertaken on Utøya Island and the wider Norway attacks in 2011, and elsewhere over the subsequent years in places including Christchurch and San Diego, are intimately related, not only to each other but to the past, present and future of how we try to understand the politics of white supremacy. I will argue these violent attacks especially have a particular relationship to the racialization of Black, Jewish and Muslims minorities, but also to a broader reticence to recognise Whiteness as a social, political and historical project against which non-white groups are racialized. Whiteness here is a ‘project’ from which some people who may define themselves as white today would have been excluded in the near past. Recognising this, it will be argued, is no less important to sifting through the wreckage of white supremacy.

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. It is interested in imagining with a carefully selected group of scholar-activists what a decolonial agenda in Development Studies could look like and what interventions are needed in practice (action plan).

It is the first of the Centre of African Studies (CAS) Seminar series organised in partnership with the CAS Decolonising Working Group and the university of Edinburgh’s RACE.ED.

From Proposal to Published: Writing Histories of Atlantic Slavery – 17 September 2020

Retrospect Journal’s 2020 Welcome Week Event!

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).

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. The impact of austerity on resources devoted to care and precariousness of the labour force are likely to affect the quality of care being received. Care has thus been undermined. About 50% of home carers are on zero hours contracts. As Ken Loach showed so trenchantly in his film Sorry to Have Missed You, home carers have to follow strict allocation of time and are not allowed, except in their own time, to give the additional, physical and emotional caring, the cared for may need.

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.

This talk goes behind the Rhodes Statue to examine the complicity of the British Academy in empire’s Southern African interest and the ways in which social anthropology and the sociology of race relations addressed the black presence in white spaces. Tying together colonial development and immigration to Britain, the talk argues that the British Academy has yet to redress the historical assumption that black presence works as a destabilizing force against the ethos of higher education.

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.

We invite researchers from political science, education, history and related disciplines to lend their distinctive perspective to these questions and contribute to laying the ground for a new research agenda in this interdisciplinary field.

The workshop will be held in 2 half-day sessions, accompanied by a panel discussion open to a broader audience.

Confirmed speakers are:

  • Sarah de Lange (University of Amsterdam)
  • Andrea Mammone (Royal Holloway University of London)
  • Jenny Ozga (University of Oxford).

Please send your statement of interest, a short description of your research focus, or any related inquiry by September 13th, to Anna Pultar and Anja Giudici.

Past events

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.