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Misrecognition and whiteness: Barriers towards inclusive higher education

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Sheffield Hallam University

Room 744 Owen Building, City Campus

Howard Street

Sheffield

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The Faculty of Development & Society is delighted to welcome Dr Manuel (Manny) Madriaga as our keynote speaker

Manny is currently Course Leader for BA (Hons) Education Studies in the Sheffield Institute of Education. His research interests are on the processes of social exclusion/inclusion related to 'race', ethnicity and disability. He is a sociologist of education currently engaged in research projects with a focus on widening participation and culturally relevant teaching in higher education.

This presentation highlights the misrecognition of race and racism pervading English higher education. This misrecognition is attributed to a majoritarian narrative, which upholds the view that education is value-neutral, meritocratic and colour-blind. This leaves whiteness unmarked, invisible and taken-for-granted. Whiteness, as a concept, offers a broader scope to reflect upon academic practice. While much has been written about an achievement gap between students of colour and white students, there is no critical work which examines university responses to it. This paper sets out to investigate this, as well as the extent of institutions embracing a majoritarian view of race inequalities in education. The paper ends with a call that race matters in inclusion policy and practice in higher education.

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