6 June 2017 (10am–4pm)
Cardiff University, UK
Dr Kehinde Andrews
Dr Nicola Rollock
The introduction of the Race Equality Charter Mark caused universities across the UK to reflect upon their collusion in the reproduction of race inequality in higher education. In response, universities are attempting to find ways to tackle their own racist practices. But to what extent do the academic staff tasked with addressing these issues truly understand the deep-rooted nature of racism in the academy and the effects this has on ethnic minority students’ experiences of higher education? Universities must go beyond simple ‘speech acts’ as they promote their commitment to ‘diversity’. It is not enough to merely recognise the presence of Black and ethnic minority students. Meaningful solutions to historical yet pervasive issues of race equality can only be found once the problems at hand are truly understood.
This postgraduate event engages with these issues through unpacking the deeply embedded structures and practices within the institution of higher education which work to produce and maintain racial inequality. Keynote speakers will address these problematics whilst also reflecting on their own experiences as ‘successful’ academics of colour and offer advice for how students of colour can ‘survive’ in these institutions.
Call for Papers
We invite abstracts of no more than 250 words for papers from doctoral students which discuss experiences of either witnessing or being excluded from the academy due to race. We also welcome papers which discuss stories of survival and positive tales of inclusion within higher education. In addition we welcome papers from students conducting research in this area.
Abstract submission deadline: 30 March 2017
Abstract decisions: 15 April 2017