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Race and Education

Race and Education

In today’s world, ‘intersectional race/racism literacy’ is essential to being active, informed citizens and to living vibrant personal and professional lives. The Race and Education cluster is a vehicle for developing this literacy. The cluster focuses on collaborative and interdisciplinary work that explores and analyses the ways in which intersectional race and racism impact upon education. The group is influenced and inspired by a range of perspectives including but not restricted to:

  • Critical race theory
  • Decolonial theory
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Black /woman of colour feminist theory

We share with education sector partners, affiliates and our international networks, a commitment to synthesising theory and praxis. Through this we seek to bring about meaningful transformations nationally and internationally in race, racism and education.

Academic Team

Academic Lead

Professor Shirley Tate

As a Cultural Sociologist, Professor Tate is a qualitative researcher interested in intersectional thinking. In her writing, research and teaching she draws on Black feminist, gender, critical ‘race’, queer, post colonial and Caribbean decolonial theory within her overall focus on Black Atlantic diaspora studies and emerging identifications.

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Academic Team

Research Projects

‘Principles and practice in Approaches to deracialisation: countering the social dynamics of contemporary racialisation in Brazil, South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom' 

This three-year transnational project is funded by the Swedish Research Council. Its overall aim is to assess the nature and extent of the deracialisation project required to counter the contemporary dynamics of racialisation across Sweden, South Africa, Brazil and the UK, as well as the role/ operation of and constraints on National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) which play a vital part in the development of national strategic approaches to countering racism.

Academic lead: Professor Shirley Anne Tate


‘Black mixed-race men, hybridity and post-racial resilience’ 

This monograph builds upon Remi’s doctoral thesis exploring the lives and schooling of young Black mixed-race men in the UK and the US. The book offers a counter-narrative to pathologoical representations of mixedness, and is the first work to comprehensively engage with Black mixed race masculinities. To be published in 2018, the book demonstrates the creative and innovative ways in which Black mixed-race men resist identity fragmentation and erasure. Through the cultivation of what Remi calls post-racial resilience, Black mixed-race men are able to constitute identities that are multiplicitous.

Academic lead: Remi Joseph-Salisbury

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