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An IRC Research Seminar

Speaker: Dr Chris Gilligan, Open Borders Scotland

Rethinking racism, beyond "race relations":
taking the social construction of "race" seriously when theorising racism

The seminar looks at two phenomena that are rarely examined together - racism and sectarianism. The speaker argues that thinking critically about sectarianism and other racisms in Northern Ireland helps to clear up some confusions regarding 'race' and ethnicity. Many of the prominent themes in debates on racism and anti-racism in the UK today - the role of religion, racism and 'terrorism', community cohesion - were central to discussions on sectarianism in Northern Ireland during the conflict and peace process. The analysis presented provides a sustained critique of the Race Relations paradigm that dominates official anti-racism and sketches out some elements of an emancipatory anti-racism.

About the Speaker:

Chris Gilligan is a founding member of Open Borders Scotland. He has lectured at a number of universities in the UK, including Aston University; Edinburgh University; Salford University, the University of Ulster and the University of the West of Scotland

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