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Green Unpleasant Land: Rural Racism in Contemporary Britain

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In his book Landscape and Englishness, David Matless argues that ‘a sense of Englishness’ is ‘essentially rural’. The countryside is central to perceptions of what Englishness is, has been, and ought to be. Rural England is often seen as a refuge from urban life, and as home to the nation’s soul.

Research at the University’s Centre for Hate Studies shows that rural racism assumes a particularly persistent and virulent form. Yet historical, literary and sociological research is increasingly challenging notions that the countryside is a space of whiteness to which black Britons have never belonged.

This panel assembles two researchers, Corinne Fowler and Nathan Kerrigan, the author Catherine Johnson and a local farmer, David Mwanaka, to discuss the experience and phenomenon of rural racism. They will talk about the cultural and literary experiences which underpin this racism and consider how to combat it with evidence, writing and action.

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