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SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG London, United Kingdom
Conversations around race and racism often take our attention to the United States. We too easily hark back to their civil rights movement and figures such as Martin Luther King or Malcolm X. Even today when we think about police violence our minds likewise veer towards Black Lives Matter within the US context. But what about race and resistance in Britain? Unfortunately the the historic ways in which people have resisted state racism and colonialism in these isles are often ignored, erased and forgotten. This is despite the fact that there is a rich history of people of colour resisting state racism in Britain, from the 1976 Grunwick Strike — led by women of colour — to the organizing of the British Black Panthers.
As such, this project, brought to you by Consented and Hacking Education, with help from SOAS University, will aim at introducing young people to the way in which legacies of colonialism still affect us today, whether in issues of policing, housing or austerity. Further it will hope to show the historic and often ignored ways in which people of colour have organised to combat racism, as well as how these struggles connect to present day movements. How, for instance, were women of colour at the forefront of working class struggles in Britain? And how did Queer and Trans people historically organize against racism? As well as looking at what we can learn from the past in order to further anti-racist politics today.
All of this will take place on Thursday the 9th and Friday the 10th of August from 11-5pm at SOAS University through a series of lectures and workshops delivered by academics and practitioners. The event is free and open to everyone but priority is given to sixth form students. The lecture series will be recorded and made available online shortly after the event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Black Power movements in Britain
Migration, Multiculturalism and Discontents
Black Supplementary Schools
Women of Colour and Resistance
Lifestyle Gangland?: Race, Policing and Crime in Post-Colonial Britain
War on Terror and Islamophobia
Confirmed speakers: Dr Kojo Koram (Essex University), Dr John Narayan (Birmingham City University), Luke de Noronha (Oxford University), Dr Sita Balani (King’s College London), Dr Adam Elliot-Cooper (King’s College London), Dr Stephanie Davis (UEL), Professor Kehinde Andrews (Birmingham City University) More TBA
Full lecture series and workshop list to be announced shortly. We encourage teachers, educators and youth workers to get in touch with us. For further information email [email protected]