The Edinburgh Race Lectures: The Eclipse of Black Women in Anti-Discrimination Law – 9 December 2020
Professor Iyiola Solanke, Chair of European Union Law and Social Justice within the University of Leeds Law School.
Chaired by Dr Chisomo Kalinga, Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Fellow.
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. Drawing upon ideas in their recent book, Discrimination as Stigma (Hart 2017), Professor Solanke will argue for a re-design of anti-racial discrimination law that departs from the experiences and perspectives of Black women.
The Edinburgh Race Lectures: 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.
This talk explores how slavery’s past is represented in contemporary Black British women’s plays and performances. I outline the prevalence of plays depicting slavery in 2020 to consider how and why slavery is represented today before moving on to look at examples of plays that illustrate how Black women playwrights connect the past to the present by exploring important historical incidents with reference to contemporary concerns. I argue that contemporary Black British women playwrights bear witness to past atrocities and traumas while empowering Black women in their retellings of these stories in the present.
Is Migrant Health Racialised? – 26 November 2020
About the Series
In a collaboration between the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health; the UCL Migration Research Unit; Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health; and Race & Health, Borderings: Migration, Gender and Health series seeks to promote, enhance and connect dialogues of migration, gender and health.
From explicit tabloid media’s racial ‘othering’ of migrants to the more implicit racial tonality of political rhetoric and immigration policy, race undeniably plays a major role in political and media discourse surrounding migration. Described by Balibar as neo-racism, this ‘racialisation’ of migrants is a form of culturalism that can be defined as a “racism without race,” in which migrants are discriminated against because of their cultural difference and perceived threat to national autonomy and safety. We can see the racialisation of migration surface in debates about immigration, assimilation, and multiculturalism, and in the myriad ways it contours migrant experience, but how does it play a role in migrant health?
The Edinburgh Race Lectures: Behind the Rhodes Statue: Empire and the British Academy – 29 October 2020
Robbie Shilliam, Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University.
Chaired 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.
The Edinburgh Race Lectures: After Utoya – Sifting the wreckage of white supremacy – 16 September 2020
Nasar Meer, Professor of Race, Identity and Citizenship at the University of Edinburgh
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.
The Edinburgh Race Lectures: Decolonizing the Intersection – 12 August 2020
Tommy J. Curry, Distinguished Professor of Africana Philosophy & Black Male Studies.
This public lecture explored 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.
Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond, virtual book launch – 10 August 2020
What is feminist parenting? Is it something for all parents? What does it mean to be a feminist parent in practice? Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond aims to fill a gap on feminist parenting in the existing literature by bringing timely post-Western perspectives.
This volume is one of the first collections published with first-person essays describing very touching, beautiful, and sometimes painful stories of what it means and, more importantly, what it costs to become a feminist parent with an intersectional approach.
Join us as we hear from Rama Dieng on her work and fresh idea for the future, followed by live Q&A.
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.
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
Urgent discussions are taking place across the world about monuments and streets dedicated to Henry Dundas, mainly focused on his insertion of ‘gradual’ into the 1792 bill for the abolition of the slave trade. But Dundas’s connections to slavery were broader.
Join historians with specialist knowledge of Dundas’s career for in-depth information and analysis of all aspects of Dundas’s relationship to slavery.