ErRS: Ethnicity, Race, and Racism Seminar

Convenors: Dr Jenny Barrett, Dr Daniel Gordon, Prof. Vini LanderDr James Renton (Chair)Prof. Kevern Verney


ErRS is an interdisciplinary research hub that explores pressing contemporary questions of race, racism, and ethnicity across time and space. Each year, we run a themed seminar programme and a symposium. Our focus for 2017 is ‘Lived Experiences of Anti-Racism Activism in Europe Since the 1970s’. Everybody is welcome to attend these informal ‘In Conversation’ events. They take place on our Ormskirk campus, with free refreshments.

ErRS Symposium; ‘The 1970s: The High Tide of British Anti-Racism?’

On 22 September 2017, the Ethnicity, ‘Race’ and Racism Seminar held its fifth annual symposium at Edge Hill University. The theme of this year’s symposium was ‘The 1970s: The High Tide of British Anti-Racism?’ and the speakers prompted keen reflections on the history and broad variety of anti-racist expression and activism. It was a day of thought-provoking talks, contributions and stimulating discussion.

Follow this link for an in-depth reflection on the symposium from its coordinator, Patrick Soulsby.

Previous Events

Call for Papers:

The 1970s: The High Tide of British Anti-Racism?

2017 will mark the fortieth anniversary of two seminal events in the history of anti-racism in Britain: the Battle of Lewisham on 13 August 1977 and the subsequent founding of the Anti-Nazi League (ANL). The 1970s was a period of popular and co-ordinated anti-racist/anti-fascist resistance against the far-right and institutional racism within British society. Anti-racism at this time mushroomed into a diverse movement, appealing to a mass audience through its synthesis of music, ideological politics and youth culture. Events such as the Grunwick Dispute of 1976-78 and the foundation of the Southall Black Sisters in 1979 revealed the increasing involvement of ethnic minority groups and organizations in political and anti-racist activism.

We invite papers from across disciplinary boundaries to discuss the nature of anti-racist activism during this period. We also welcome speakers who wish to talk and reminisce about their personal experiences of activism in historical perspective. Given London’s significance as a hub of organisation during the 1970s there can be a tendency to overlook anti-racist activism elsewhere. We therefore welcome papers on the North-West of England or other regions of Britain as well as papers on London.

In recognition of the ‘borderless’ nature of social movements in solidarity, we also invite papers or proposals on anti-racism in European perspective. In keeping with the theme of the ‘Ethnicity, ‘Race’ and Racism Seminar’ (ERRS) series of Spring 2017, ‘Lived Experiences of Anti-Racist Activism in Europe’, we would be pleased to accept papers on parallels or intersections between British anti-racism and anti-racism elsewhere in Europe in the 1970s.

Paper proposals should consist of a paper title and 300 word abstract. Please send these to Patrick Soulsby at by 21 July 2017.

Spring 2017

‘Lived Experiences of Anti-Racism Activism in Europe Since the 1970s’

Thursday 16 February

Louisa Zanoun (Former Head of Research, Génériques, Paris-based NGO promoting the history of immigration).
Immigration Activism and Public History in France.
3:00-5:00pm, Hub1

Wednesday 8 March

Peter Tatchell (Human Rights and LGBT Campaigner. Director, The Peter Tatchell Foundation)
From Melbourne to Moscow, From Berlin to Bermondsey: 50 Years of Campaigning for Human Rights, Democracy, LGBT Freedom and Global Justice.
5:00-7:00pm, Creative Edge Lecture Theatre

Wednesday 5 April

Hassan Mahamdallie (Writer and Playwright. Director, The Muslim Institute)
Growing Up In The 1970s: A Personal Account Of How The Fight Against Enoch Powell and the National Front Changed Everything
1:00-2:00pm, PSS015

Wednesday 3 May

Pragna Patel (Author, Feminist and Anti-Racist Campaigner. Founding Member and Director, The Southall Black Sisters)
Gender and the Politics of Anti-Racism in the UK: Then and Now
4:00-6:00pm, B101

Postponed until 2018

Cathie Lloyd (Ex-Vice-President, Mouvement Contre le Racisme et Pour L’Amitié Entre Les Peuples. Former Head of Research, Commission for Racial Equality and Research Fellow, Universities of Warwick and Oxford)
Memoirs Of A Keyboard Warrior

2015/2016: ‘Education’

Wednesday 16 March 2016

‘(Re)-Educating’ Radicalising/Extremist British Muslims in a Neoliberal State’: Perspectives on Prevent and Fundamental British Values’, Prof. Humayun Ansari (Royal Holloway), 1pm, E22, Faculty of Education.

Wednesday 9 March 2016

‘The Education of Several Lifetimes: Eric & Jessica Huntley’s Biographies Project’, Prof. Karen Sands O’Connor, Leverhulme Visiting Professor (Newcastle University), 3pm, M46, Main Building.

Wednesday 2 March 2016

‘India, Holocaust Education and the Tropes of Jewish/Muslim Difference’, Dr Yulia Egorova (Durham University), 1pm, M46, Main Building.

Wednesday 17 February 2016

‘Some Thoughts on How to Integrate the Issue of Antisemitism into Teaching the Canon of Sociological Theory’, Dr Marcel Stoetzler (Bangor University), 1pm, M46, Main Building.

Thursday 11 February 2016

White discomfort’ and the Gated Community of Enquiry: Desegregating Philosophy for Children’, Dr Darren Chetty (UCL Institute of Education), 1pm, E21, Faculty of Education.

Tuesday 2 February 2016

‘What We Can—and Cannot— Learn from the Holocaust’, Alex Maws, Head of Education, The Holocaust Education Trust, 12pm, M40, Main Building.

Wednesday 27 January 2016

‘Young and Radical: Accounting for the Nexus between Youth, Radicalism and Technology’, Dr Akil Awan (Royal Holloway), 1pm, M46, Main Building.

Thursday 14 January 2016

‘Black Male Students in English Universities: Challenges, Stress and Strategies’, Dr Jasmine Rhamie (Roehampton), 4pm, E7, Faculty of Education.

Wednesday 9 December 2015

British-Islamic Identity: Third-Generation Bangladeshis from East London‘, Dr Aminul Hoque (Goldsmiths), 1pm, E22, Faculty of Education.

Wednesday 2 December 2015

‘Knowledge and the “Well- Meaning” Empire: Framing the History of the Arab-Israeli conflict in The Guardian and BBC online’, Hagai van der Horst (SOAS), 1pm, M39, Main Building.

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Racism, and Humour as Defence‘, Professor Kevin Hylton (Leeds Becket University), 1pm, E6, Faculty of Education. Book your place here

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Film Screening and Director Q&A: ‘Tested‘, a documentary about a diverse group of year 8 pupils trying to get into public elite schools in New York City. Book your place here

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Digital Militarism: Social Media and the Israeli Occupation’, Dr Adi Kuntsman (Manchester Metropolitan University), 1pm, M39, Main Building.

Annual Symposium

Friday 25 September 2015

Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of a Global Order‘, 10.00-18.00, M40, Main Building.
Keynote: Gil Anidjar, Professor in the Departments of Religion and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University.

2014/2015: ‘Borders’

Wednesday 22nd April 2015

Tuesday 24th March 2015

  • Film Screening and Q&A with the Director: ‘The Passage‘, Dr Jan Lorenz (University of Manchester), 12pm, H1, Faculty of Health.

Wednesday 11th March 2015

Wednesday 18th February 2015

Wednesday 11th February 2015

Wednesday 28th January 2015

Wednesday 10th December 2014

Wednesday 26th November 2014

Wednesday 19th November 2014

Wednesday 12th November 2014

Thursday 16th October 2014

Wednesday 8th October 2014

2012/2014: ‘Migration & Memory’

Thursday 1st May 2014

Thursday 6th March 2014

  • Dr Ben Gidley (COMPAS, University of Oxford), ‘Is Britain Full? Migration Shock in the Twenty First Century’, 2pm, H2 Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Health.


Wednesday 20th March 2013

  • Professor Bridget Bennett (University of Leeds), ‘Restoring the Place of Home to Mary Rowlandson’s Captivity Narrative’, 2pm, M39, main building.

Friday 22nd February 2013

  • Professor Max Silverman (University of Leeds), ‘Race, Memory and the Image in Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinema’, M49, main building.


2nd December 2012, with The Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, North West

  • Dr Jim House (University of Leeds), ‘Migration and Nationalism in Late-Colonial Algiers and Casablanca’, 3pm, H2 Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Health

21st November 2012


23rd June 2011

4th May 2011

28th January 2011

  • Conference on President Barack Obama: Organised by the AHRC Research Network on ‘The Presidency of Barack Obama’, led by Prof. Kevern Verney (Edge Hill University), and Prof. Indejeet Parmar (University of Manchester).


24th November 2010

17th November 2010

21st April 2010

8th March 2010

25th February 2010

15th February 2010

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