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Histories and futures of anti-racism: back then and right now

Racisms and political mobilisations – back then and right now

An international two-day conference on the histories and futures of anti-racism, as part of the ESRC series ‘Racism and Political Mobilisation’
19-20 January, 10am–6pm, UEL, University Square Stratford campus (USS)*

Racism has come to infect the politics of many places. Far from entering the promised post-racial era, we are living through times when all manner of disputes and divisions can become racialised, sometimes with little warning. We have seen the rise of racist, populist parties across the whole of Europe, popular racism against refugees, migrants and Muslims, including discrimination and violence, increased evidence of police racism and violence against African-Americans, the emergence of new forms of racism across the globe and the racialisation of terror across the West.

And this is happening in a moment of economic depression and implementation of austerity which has disproportionately impacted on racialised minorities and migrants and has been accompanied by a ‘divide and rule’ between them and the so-called ‘white’ working class. That said, we have also witnessed the emergence of new and significant progressive movements such as Black Lives Matter, Rhodes Must Fall, various decolonial initiatives and the formation of refugee support networks and others. While these, like the particular forms of racism to which they respond, are new they must be understood both sociologically and historically in terms of the historical precedents, legacies and projects they reference or are implicated in or cut off from.

This conference brings together scholars, students and activists to discuss the changing map of racism in our time and to consider the lessons that can be drawn from historical and transnational studies of racisms and anti-racisms. We hope to learn from the diversity of approaches to mobilising against racism and to reach a more open and inclusive way of thinking about the place of anti-racism in different social movements.

Keynote speakers include:
Marcelle Dawson (University of Otago)
Xolela Mangcu (University of Cape Town)
Avtar Brah (Birkbeck, University of London)
Sivamohan Valluvan (University of Manchester)
Gavan Titley (University of Maynooth)
John Solomos (Warwick University)
Nira Yuval-Davis (University of East London)
This conference concludes the ESRC-Funded seminar series ‘Racism and Political Mobilisation: Learning from History and Thinking Internationally’ organised by Gargi Bhattacharyya (UEL), Satnam Virdee (Glasgow) and Aaron Winter (UEL).  We are grateful to the ESRC, UEL and the Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging, the University of Glasgow and the BSA Race and Ethnicity Study Group for their support. 
To book your place follow this link 
Tickets are FREE to all UEL staff and students. Please note if you book this ticket you may be required to provide proof of your staff or student number. 
Standard ticket prices: One Day £10 or Two Days £15 (available until Sunday 15 January 2017)

Please contact if you have any queries about the event.

*University Square Stratford is located at 1 Salway Road, London E15 1NF. For a map and directions please follow the link.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:00 to Friday, 20 January 2017 18:00