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Decentring "Diversity": Practising Anti-Racism in the Global University

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Brunel University London

Kingston Lane

Artaud building 001

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We at Brunel University London are delighted to host a one-day symposium to start a critical conversation on the role of "diversity" and race in higher education.


Decentring "Diversity": Practising Anti-Racism in the Global University

British higher education is undeniably shaped by whiteness and the social inequalities that this entails. These unequal relations are embedded in the university governance and in the programmes that nurture future scholars, thinkers and innovators. Although the promotion of “diversity” has increasingly become a key presence in the university vision, the structural inequalities that have prompted the call for diversity are often unrecognised and/or dismissed. This raises numerous questions about the values and aims of higher education itself.

This one-day symposium brings together scholars, professional services, students, artists, journalists and activists to address some of these questions and discuss the ideas and practices of diversity. The symposium will consider ethical and anti-racist pathways for the evolution of higher education, placing the decentring of its whiteness at the centre of the discussions. It will be of interest to everyone who believe that the university has still the potential to be the most radical space of possibility and change in society.

We look forward to welcoming you to Brunel,

Dr Broderick Chow, Prof Sarita Malik, Dr Royona Mitra and Dr Serena Natile

The event is sponsored by Brunel University London's Student Success Project.

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The first part of the day, and lunch, will take place in the Antonin Artaud Building. The second part of the day will continue in the Eastern Gateway Building.

9.30 am: Registration (ANTR Foyer)

10 am: Welcome (Vice-Chancellor Prof. Julia Buckingham and Prof. Mariann Rand-Weaver)

Introduction to the Day (Broderick Chow, Sarita Malik, Royona Mitra, Serena Natile) (ANTR001)

10.15 am: Performance (Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan) (ANTR001)

10.30 am: Panel 1: DECENTRING “DIVERSITY” (Kehinde Andrews, Jason Arday & Suhraiya Jivraj) (ANTR001)

12 noon: Lunch in ANTR001 and Foyer and move over to ESGW (ANTR Foyer)

1.15 pm: Panel 2: ANTI-RACISM AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (Sunny Singh, Lucy Sheen, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan) (ESGW Auditorium)

2.45 pm: Break

3 pm: Workshop 1: Brunel Student Success Project Workshop (ESGW 102)

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Workshop 2: Solidarity and Inclusion as Practiced by Students: Athens Refugee Project (ESGW 111)

5 pm: Closing Comments (ESGW 003a)

5.30 pm: Drinks Reception

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