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.
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 email@example.com by 21 July 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.
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
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
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
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
Tuesday 3 November 2015
Wednesday 21 October 2015
‘Digital Militarism: Social Media and the Israeli Occupation’, Dr Adi Kuntsman (Manchester Metropolitan University), 1pm, M39, Main Building.
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.
Wednesday 22nd April 2015
- ‘Seeing through the Occidentalist Mirror: Towards the Construction of a Maghrebi Occidentalist Discourse‘, Professor Zahia Smail Salhi (University of Manchester), 1pm, M46, Main Building.
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
- ‘Beyond boundaries: Borders and Barriers to Civil Participation in Nineteenth-Century Haiti‘, Dr Kate Hodgson (University of Liverpool), 1pm, M39, Main Building.
Wednesday 18th February 2015
- ‘Populism, the People and the Illusion of Democracy: The 2014 European Elections in France and the UK‘, Dr Aurélien Mondon (University of Bath), 1pm, Hub 1, Main Building.
Wednesday 11th February 2015
- ‘On the Difficulties of Memorialising Jewish Victims in Europe: Munich, 1972- A Personal Story‘, Daniel Zylbersztajn, London correspondent, taz, die Tageszeitung and Jüdische Allgemeine, 1pm, M39, Main Building.
Wednesday 28th January 2015
- ‘Before the Windrush: Race Relations in 20th-century Liverpool‘, Professor John Belchem (University of Liverpool), 1pm, M49, Main Building.
Wednesday 10th December 2014
- ‘Moving Things: Cross-Border Materiality in the Lives of Polish and Zimbabwean Migrants‘, Dr Kathy Burrell (University of Liverpool), 1pm, M39, Main Building.
Wednesday 26th November 2014
- ‘In the Interzone. Polish Jewish Sociality and Education in the Trans-State Space‘, Dr Jan Lorenz (University of Manchester), 1pm, M39, Main Building.
Wednesday 19th November 2014
- ‘Live Displays at American World’s Fairs: The Production of Racial Knowledge and Hierarchies on the West Coast, 1894-1916‘, Emily Trafford (University of Liverpool), 1pm, M39, Main Building.
Wednesday 12th November 2014
- ‘Seeing through the Occidentalist Mirror: Towards the Construction of a Maghrebi Occidentalist Discourse‘, Prof. Zahia Smail Salhi (University of Manchester), 12pm, M39, Main Building (POSTPONED).
Thursday 16th October 2014
- ‘Bordering the Everyday: Migration at the Calais Border’, Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis and Dr Georgie Wemyss (University of East London), 2pm, E1 Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Education.
Wednesday 8th October 2014
2012/2014: ‘Migration & Memory’
Thursday 1st May 2014
- ‘Should the British Government Apologise for British Rule in Palestine?’: Nasim Ahmed (Palestinian Return Centre), in conversation with Dr James Renton (Edge Hill University), 2pm, E1 Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Education. Video
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
- Muli Amaye, playwright and novelist, speaking on migration, identity and memory
23rd June 2011
- Simon Mayers (University of Manchester): ‘Murdered in Odium Fidei: A Case Study of Jewish-Catholic Relations in Late 19th and Early 20th Century England’, Room M39, 2:30pm
4th May 2011
- Dr Mark Sebba (Lancaster University): Unimagined Communities: Print Languages, Prescription and Language Contact in Writing
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
- Dr Alexander Morrison (University of Liverpool): The Russian Empire and Colonisation in Turkestan- “To sow the seed of national strife in this alien region”
17th November 2010
- Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus (University of Manchester): Europe after the Holocaust: Diplomats in the Corridors of Power, 1945-2001
21st April 2010
- Dr Ben Gidley (University of Oxford): ‘Chavs’, ‘Pikeys’ and East Europeans: The New Racism in 21st Britain
8th March 2010
- Dr Mary Horbury, ‘Ethnicity and the Past: Some Insights from Ancient Egypt’.
25th February 2010
- Professor Michael Berkowitz (University College London), ‘Photography and its Jewish Questions: Ethnicity, Anyone?’.
15th February 2010
- Jacob Norris (University of Cambridge), ‘Palestine and the World at the Onset of British Rule – The Case of Bethlehem’.