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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 - 20th January 2017, 10am – 6pm, UEL, University Square Stratford (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)

Sivamohan Valluvan (University of Manchester)

Gavan Titley (University of Maynooth)

John Solomos (Warwick University)

Nira Yuval-Davis (UEL)

How to Book and Ticket Prices:

To book your place(s) please follow the link:

Early bird ticket prices: One Day £6; Two Day £10 (available until Sunday 15th December 2016)

Standard ticket prices: One Day £10; Two Day £15 (available from Monday 16th December 2016 - Sunday 15th 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.

Migration, Politics and Representation - a panel in honour of Stuart Hall UEL PhD Studentship

Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 4 – 6pm (Refreshments provided)

University of East London (UEL), Docklands Campus*, Room EB.G.06

This is a collaborative event between CMRB and CCSR.

This is also a CMRB School Seminar, as part of the School’s Seminar Series.


Gary Younge, Editor-at-large, The Guardian

Avtar Brah, Emeritus Professor, Birkbeck, University of London

Phil Cohen, Emeritus Professor, UEL, Director, Living Maps Network

Ashwani Sharma, Principle Lecturer, CCSR, UEL

Chaired by Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, Director, CMRB, UEL

This event is FREE, however for catering purposes we ask you to register your place(s):


Wednesday 15th March 2017, 4 – 6pm, Docklands Campus, Room EB.G.06

Title TBC

Monday 3rd April 2017, 4 – 5.30pm, USS Campus, Room TBC

This is a collaborative event with the Centre on Human Rights Conflict (CHRC)

Go Home’ vans - Launch

Wednesday 17th May 2017, 4 – 6pm, University Square Stratford (USS), Room US.3.08

Refugee week

June 2017


Annual General Meeting 2016

Monday 10th October 2016, 4 – 5pm (followed by refreshment), University of East London, Docklands Campus, Room EB.G.06

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Following the AGM, CMRB will be hosting

Brexit as a political project of un/belonging

A CMRB seminar with opening remarks by CMRB Directors: Professor Nira Yuval-Davis, Professor Gargi Bhattacharyya, Professor Giorgia Dona and Dr. Georgie Wemyss

Monday 10th October 2016, 5.15 – 6.30pm (refreshment served at 5pm), University of East London, Docklands Campus, Room EB.G.06

The seminar will focus on the implications of Brexit in the (re)constructions of national boundaries, identity and belonging in the UK. The panel will make links between the underlying racialisation discourses of Brexit, everyday bordering as the British government technology of control of diversity and discourses of diversity, and autochthonic populist political discourses. Brexit will also be examined in the context of wider developments in Europe and globally.

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Bengal History Week  (8th – 16th October 2016)

CMRB to present:

Migration Plan and its Influence on Integration Strategic among Bangladeshi Migrants in Italy: A first glance at the data

Tuesday 11th October 2016, 6.30 - 8.30pm, Lab 1, Idea Store Whitechapel

By Valeria Giannuzzi, CMRB Visiting Fellow

Popular East India Company Dockside walk

Saturday 15th October 2016, 11am - 1pm

By Dr Georgie Wemyss, CMRB Co-Director


View the wide range of other events that will be taking place

'Refugee for Life' My journey across Africa to find a Place called Home

Thursday 24th November 2016, 2 - 3.30pm, Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.08

Speaker: Innocent Magambi

Diasporas Survivals

Wednesday 30th November 2016, 4 – 6pm, Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.04

Seminar to be hosted by CMRB Visiting Fellows

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Taking Our Country Back: ‘Racism, Xenophobia and Donald Trump’s Place in Context’

This is a collaborative event with the Centre for Narrative Research (CNR)

Wednesday 30th November 2016, 1 – 2pm, Docklands Campus, Room EB.1.40

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Refugees, Belonging and Society

CMRB with CNR present, on behalf of the Academy of Social Sciences Study Group on Refugee Issues the AcSS Refugee Issues Special Interest Group Inaugural Event

Monday 12th December 2016, 5 – 7pm, Venue TBC

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