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How white people can talk about race

At 1pm on 8 March, Dr Shona Hunter will discuss the urgent question of how white people can talk about race.

About Dr Shona Hunter

Dr Shona Hunter is a Reader in the Carnegie School of Education. She is the Programme Director for Research Degrees (PhD, MRes, EdD) in the School and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Race Education and Decoloniality.

Her work is interdisciplinary and intersectional in its approach. She has been writing, teaching and researching on whiteness as a formation of state, institutional and identity power and domination for the last twenty years holding academic posts at the Universities of Birmingham, Lancaster and latterly Leeds along with visiting positions at the Universities of Sydney Australia, Mannheim Germany, Cape Town, Rhodes and currently in Johannesburg South Africa. Her scholarly interests are framed through an engagement with feminist anti-racist decolonial critique, focusing on the intersecting relations of gender, race and class and including attention to all aspects of welfare politics and governance, state practices, identities and the broader material-cultural-affective politics through which ‘the’ state(s) is enacted nationally and globally as a global colonial formation.

In this live stream Shona will talk about new ways of thinking about power and vulnerability developed through feminist and decolonial ideas of intersectionality and relational biography to help white people respond to urgent calls for race equality in our institutional spaces and in day to day life; and to recognise the ways in which white people are diminished by racism as well as advantaged by white privilege, and how the life chances of all people can only be improved by working to challenge ideas of a Black White binary. She engages the opportunity presented by International Women’s Day to consider the importance of Black and decolonial women’s thinking to bring about broader social ease notejustice for all and as a reminder about the diversity and challenge present in contemporary feminist thinking and practice for social justice. She will open the floor for the audience to consider together; how can we bring whiteness out into the open for white people in a way helps challenge its power as well as understand its nuances? Is it possible to create counter narratives on whiteness through attention to its intersectional nature?

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Event Details

8 March 2019 -
8 March 2019
Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), RSA House, London (Online Live Stream available)
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