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Black History Month Seminars

Black History Month provides us all with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Black people as knowledge creators.  The integration of Black history and Black people's knowledge discovery and contribution should be part of every month in every year not just in October.

Black History Month Seminars

The Centre for Race Education and Decoloniality has organised a series of seminars to highlight the research, scholarship and activism of Black academics and professionals working in the field of education and racial justice.  

The Black History Month programme starts with a re-launch event for the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality on 6th October.  Join us for a panel debate with Black teachers and academics who will discuss how the landscape of race and education has changed over the last thirty-forty years and particularly how schools have responded to the impetus provided by the Black Lives Matter movement.  To join us for this session please book your place via this link  https://bit.ly/2ZtF3D5

On 7th October Dr Jason Arday from Durham University will explore the impact of negotiating racial inequality and discrimination within the universities and the impact of this additional labour on the mental health of people of colour within academia.  The aspects examined will consider the impact of belonging, victimization, isolation, and marginalisation on mental health and how this consequently affects university experiences for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students and staff.   You can book your place for this seminar via this link https://bit.ly/35tp8ZA

This session is followed by a seminar on 14th October led by Dr Christine Callender who teaches at UCL Institute of Education.  Dr Callender will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted racial inequalities in a number of public facing services/institutions. She will explain how the pandemic and its impact on minoritized communities and the global events following the death of George Floyd in the USA has led to revived calls for cultural and organisational change as well as for ‘culturally competent’ services/practice which is cognisant of, responsive to and that which challenges racism.  Please book your place for this seminar via this link https://bit.ly/35tp8ZA

On 21st October the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality will welcome Professor Uvanney Maylor who will reflect on her research on the educational experiences and outcomes of Black school students which culminated in 2014 in the publication of her book, ‘Teacher Training and the Education of Black Children: Bringing Colour into Difference’. In the interim little has changed: the dominant discourse regarding the education of Black students remains one of underachievement both in compulsory and higher education.  Please book your place for this seminar via this link https://bit.ly/35tp8ZA

The Black History Month Seminar series concludes with a talk by Peninah Wangari-Jones, Director of the Racial Justice Network and Sharin Aniyam, Project Officer at the Racial Justice Network. They will explore how they raise awareness about race inequality and injustice by listening and working with disempowered communities to challenge and hold powers to account; how they seek to bring racial justice into mainstream thought and build solidarity.  Please book your place for this seminar via this link https://bit.ly/35tp8ZA


If you enjoy these seminars then join us at the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality for our year of seminars exploring race and education. Further details can be found here https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/research/centre-for-race-education-and-decoloniality/

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Professor Vini Lander

Vini Lander is Professor of Race and Education and Director of the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality in the Carnegie School of Education.

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