Re-thinking Impact through Epistemologies of Ignorance

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 research, incentivised action, or that which overlooks political dynamics, are insufficient. If we begin from this position and explore policy impact concerning racial equality, we …

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Your Jesus is my Devil: transversal perspectives in travel photography

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 and teacher that I met back in college – relationships that transcend institutions. We were traveling by car and photographing the landscapes between Brasilia and …

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Advancing Racial Equality in Higher Education

Advancing Racial Equality in Higher Education: launch of edited collection

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.

Nasar Meer

Concepts in practice and doing things in other ways

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. 

White Supremacy’s Monuments: On the Removal of Robert E. Lee

On 8th September 2021, a crowd gathered on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, USA, near the base of its iconic statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The atmosphere in the crowd was jubilant as workers positioned a crane, wrapped the statue in a harness, and finally–after an hour of preparation, a year of court cases, and 131 years of racial terror set in stone–pulled the statue down from its plinth. 

Looking as white

In this critical moment of race relations in America, a sustainable black-white allyship in favour of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is already slipping away, as tracked by national polling data.