“Why is my Curriculum White?” examines and unravels the ideologies behind the existence of syllabuses that fail to reflect global experience and thought, and poses the important question of asking what historical mythologies lie behind the entrenchment of a curriculum reflective only of Western perspectives even at “global” universities like Warwick.
Our first speaker was Adam Elliott-Cooper. Adam received his undergraduate degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham and his MSc in Globalisation and Development from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has worked as a research assistant to Prof. Andreas Bieler in the field of political economy, as well as a researcher in the Sociology Department at Goldsmith’s University. He is doing his PhD on policing and the black community in Britain at the University of Oxford.
He currently sits on the editorial board of CITY: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, a peer-reviewed journal based in London. He is also a visiting fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. Adam is also part of a team working on ‘Dismantling the Master’s House’ at UCL.
Our second speaker, Malia Bouattia, is NUS Black Students’ Officer. In her role as Black Students representative at the NUS National Executive she was part of a campaign which successfully overturned the ban on Muslim niqab at Birmingham Metropolitan College. Along with this she has lent her voice to a movement aiming to stop the deportation of International Students at London Metropolitan University and pushing for the NUS to support justice for Palestine after years of silence. Malia has founded, established and worked to promote a number of organisations including the Black Women’s Forum UK, the West Midlands Pan-African Students’ Union and the West Midlands Palestine societies Forum. Aside from the above Malia has led and supported a number of campaigns and causes including Palestinian Prisoners Day, United Families and Friends Campaign International Day of Action Against Police Brutality and Million Women Rise.
For more details and a video of the discussion, visit: https://warwickmrc.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/why-is-my-curriculum-white/
Call for Reviewers
2015 Call for Book Reviewers:
The Critical Race and Whiteness Studies eJournal frequently receives books for review. Interested reviewers should contact the CRAWS reviews editor by email (Samantha.email@example.com) indicating their book of interest, postal details, and a brief bio outlining their current position and field of research. The journal publishes two issues per year. Book reviews are typically 1,000 words in length. Books currently available for review:
Ackerly, B. & True, J. (2010). Doing feminist research in political and social science. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Kantola, J. (2010). Gender and the European Union. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Magnet, S. A. (2011). When biometrics fail: Gender, race, and the technology of identity. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
Mezzadra, S. & Neilson, B. (2013). Border as method, or, the multiplication of labor. Durham and London: Duke University Press.
Overell, R. (2014). Affective intensities in extreme music scenes: Cases from Australia and Japan.
London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Rogers R., & Ramsay, C. (Eds)(2014). Overlooking Saskatchewan: Minding the gap. Saskatchewan, Canada: University of Regina Press.
Dismantling The Master's House - UCL
“Dismantling The Master’s House is a community of academics, administrative staff and students at UCL, committed to righting racialised wrongs in our workplace and in the wider world. We owe the phrase ‘The Master’s House’ to Audre Lorde and we understand The Master’s House to consist in an intersection of power
structures, in, as bell hooks puts it, Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy. Central to this analysis is how these different manifestations of domination are accumulated to construct Whiteness – which has been and continues to be the primary vehicle of domination for the British Empire, and its legacies. Through scholarly comment, public events, and social media, #DTMH interrogates both Whiteness and Anglocentrism in the academy, while presenting alternatives from among the diversity of voices which make up UCL, London, and
the globe”. For more details visit: http://www.dtmh.ucl.ac.uk/
Blackness in Britain 2015
'The Black Special Relationship'
African American scholarship and its impact on Black intellectual life in Britain.
30 -31 October 2015
Birmingham City University
Professor Patricia Hill Collins
Dr Barnor Hesse
Professor Gus John
Professor Denise Ferreira De Silva
For details of the CFP visit: http://www.blackstudies.org.uk/conference-and-events/blackness-in-britain-2015/