As part of DMU’s Black History Season this event will include short 20minute talks from four of our academics, Dr Carlton Howson, Professor Rusi Jaspal, Professor Bertha Ochieng and Dr Perry Stanislas.
The lecture will start at 6pm and will last for approximately 2hrs including a Q&A session. Refreshments will be available prior to the discussion from 5.30pm, and following the lecture there will be a drinks and canapés reception.
Professor Rusi Jaspal, Associate Director of Research and Chair in Psychology and Sexual Health.
Identity Threat & Coping among British South Asian gay men
Professor Rusi Jaspal will outlines several research projects which have explored aspects of identity and wellbeing among British South Asian gay men. Drawing on tenets of Identity Process Theory from social psychology, Professor Jaspal shows how societal norms and stereotypes in relation to sexuality, religion and ethnicity in particular shape British South Asian gay men’s identities and experiences, as well as their strategies for coping with threats to identity.
Dr Perry Stanislas, Senior Lecturer Community and Criminal Justice Department
Protecting Black Life: Security and Safety in Developing Countries
During the Stephen Lawrence campaign President Nelson Mandela in his criticisms of the British government said that black life was cheap and cheaper than any other group in the world. His statement reflected a historical and empirical truth. More black leaders, intellectuals, and people of influence lose their lives from criminal acts inspired by foreign powers or local elites than any other group. These outcomes have their roots in slavery, colonialism, and the ruthless exploitation of black people, their labour and resources and the desire to maintain a structural relationship of dominance. It is not mere coincidence that Africa is the richest continent on the planet in terms of natural resources, but yet the black majority suffer or black communities in the West are so disadvantaged and relatively underdeveloped. Marginalisation and punitive measures have been the essential tools to keep outstanding black people who are able to inspire and transform their communities or countries in check.
This disregard for black life is seen by the behaviour of the police and security services in numerous former colonial countries, and the high levels of crime, or attitudes to health and safety illustrated in the poor treatment of doctors; the very high numbers of death due to traffic accidents and unregulated roads or the basic lack of national disaster preparation to save lives in case of emergencies, such as natural disasters.
Dr Stanislas’ presentation will explore many of the aforementioned issues and the types of research and interventions in bringing about change and the leading role he and others are playing in the Caribbean and Africa to address these matters. The opportunities for talented and committed students to be involved in potentially life changing activities will also be explored.
Dr. Carlton Howson
Whose responsibility is it? Moving beyond the blame game
This presentation seeks to raise awareness and demonstrate the need to adapt pedagogy in higher education. The presentation draws on both extensive research and practice in terms of working with Black ethnically minoritsed students in higher education.
Given the disparity in attainment between Black and white students the presentation will debate whether white academics can work effectively with Black ethnically minoritsed students in higher education, and seek to address the role of practitioners in working on a social justice platform. It will assert that making changes requires doing things differently and that the development of a Black perspectives module has facilitated many students in finding their voice.
Bertha Ochieng, Professor of Integrated Health and Social Care Faculty of Health & Life Sciences
Going upstream: A framework for promoting the health and wellbeing of Black families
Professor Ochieng will focus on how the prevailing living circumstances of Black families in UK and Europe curtails their ability to lead a healthy lifestyle. This presentation will highlight that it is essential for health and social care practitioners to place notions of socio-economic disadvantage, discrimination, marginalisation and racism at the centre rather than the periphery when designing strategies to make healthier choices an easier option for Black and other visible minority ethnic communities.