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Black and Minority Ethnic Historians' Workshop

April 20, 2017
School of History, University of Leeds

Grant Room (MSB3.11)
Michael Sadler Building
Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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People from black and minority ethnic communities are underrepresented in history as a discipline and across the Higher Education sector in general. As the recent Runnymede Trust report found, racial inequality marks all levels of HE, from undergraduate students through to university senior management (Aiming Higher, 2015). At the same time, in recent years student movements calling for university curricula and campuses to be decolonized have proliferated. With this context in mind, this workshop will provide a space for historians of colour trained and/or working in UK academic institutions to come together to discuss the particular issues that we face working in a predominantly white field. The intention is for the workshop to foster networks of support in the discipline, in order to draw attention to discriminatory practices and to share experiences. We hope that the workshop will build momentum for future initiatives.

The workshop is for both established and early career academics, including postgraduate researchers. In recognition of the current climate of anti-immigration rhetoric and policy, we encourage participation from non-British academics. At the same time, the workshop hopes to highlight the underrepresentation of British BME communities within the discipline.

We will organise the discussion around the following themes:

  • Race in History teaching and learning
  • Race in historical research and publishing
  • Institutional, structural, implicit and explicit racism in HE

If you would like to participate in the workshop as a panellist by presenting a short 10 minute paper, or by contributing to a roundtable discussion,[*] please send an email indicating which strand you would like to contribute to, along with a 100-word academic biography to:

If you would like to attend the workshop please register here:

Deadline for Submission: 3 March 2017

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March 3, 2017, 5:00pm BST

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