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Past events

Scholar Activism in the UK – Questions of ethics and practice 

Wednesday 28 April 2021, 6pm - 7.30pm

Location: Online

What does it mean to be a scholar activist? Leading Routes and the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre will discuss recent interventions both within and outside of UK higher education that are committed to tackling intersecting forms of racialised injustice within and beyond the westernised university. 

Activists, scholars, academics, students and thinkers interested in questioning contemporary politics of race and racism will be interested in this event. It’s online so you can join from wherever you are in the UK and beyond.

You can watch the event on YouTube here.

An evening with Baroness Doreen Lawrence: Bringing Legacy to Leicester 

Ahead of Stephen Lawrence Day, 22 April, Baroness Lawrence is joined by Imran Khan QC,  educators, students and community leaders for a discussion on how Stephen’s legacy is inspiring a change for good across the nation. 

 Monday 29 March, 5.30-7pm 

You can watch the event here: The Exchange

Unsettled Multiculturalisms

A four-part webinar series

With Professor Barnor Hesse of Northwestern University, Chicago. This four-part webinar series will discuss concurrent racial catastrophes that have unfolded during 2020 through Professor Hesse’s idea on race and ‘transruptions’ and will address questions relating to the social and global problem of contemporary racism.

The series marks the 20th anniversary of Professor Barnor Hesse’s edited landmark publication of the same name. Each of the webinars will gather together world leading international scholars and thinkers from across the globe to discuss ways to navigate and respond to the urgent issues of our times. Through discussion we will examine the racist fault lines of Grenfell and the Windrush Scandal and discuss the global impact of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement to the extent that anti-black racism has also been named as ‘pandemic’.

Learn more about the Unsettled Multiculturalisms speakers.

Unsettled Multiculturalisms | Episode 1: Formations of Racism & Identities in the Catastrophic Present

Aired: Thursday 3 February

Unsettled Multiculturalisms | Episode 2: (Post)Colonial Entanglements of Windrush and Blackness

Aired: Wednesday 10 February

Unsettled Multiculturalisms | Episode 3: Race, Gender, Class, and the Politics of Solidarity on the Aftermath of Grenfell

Aired: Wednesday 17 February

Unsettled Multiculturalisms | Episode 4: Regional Transnational Blackness

Aired: Wednesday 24 February

Black in Academia

Wednesday 18 November 2020, 6pm - 7.30pm

Location: Online

Leading Routes and the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre present Black in Academia. This event will ignite conversations around the representation and experiences of Black students and staff in UK higher education. 

With a focus on addressing disparities in higher education, specifically in relation to the underrepresentation of Black students pursuing PhD research and postgraduate studies, Leading Routes will share tips and advice on how to apply for research funding while panellists will share their own personal journeys through higher education. 

This event will be particularly interesting for young people in post-16 education who may currently be attending further education VI forms and colleges; undergraduate students as well as students pursuing Master’s programmes who may want to take the next step towards applying for PhD research funding but are not sure where to start. 

Let’s Talk About IT! Race, Gender and Media Representation the-exchange

Thursday 29 October, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Location: The Exchange, Online

Centred against a backdrop of racial tensions, systematic discriminations and global activism, The Exchange will host a panel-led discussion to explore issues of race and black masculinity within the media. 

The panel will identify constructions of negative black typologies and the impact such characterisations have on the black male psyche. We will explore the impact and legacies of Blackness on screen and celebrate the pioneers who continue to place race at the forefront of this generation. 

The event is open to students and anyone interested in dialogues on representation where race and gender intersect on the silver screen.

Register for the event here.

Karl Lokko Talk 

Monday 5 October, 1pm - 2pm 

Dr. Yusef Bakkali, Stephen Lawrence Research Centre’s Legacy In Action Fellow, will introduce Karl Lokko, a former gang leader turned activist, poet, influencer, public speaker and adventurer. 

Having grown up on a gang-ridden estate in South London, Karl has managed to harness his life experiences which have propelled and uniquely situated him as an activist and influencer within the U.K and globally. 

The story of his incredible transformation, combined with his unique ability to connect with people on a human level, makes Karl one of the most potent voices in the country, allowing him to bridge the gap between worlds and unite communities.

Distinguished Lecture Series: 'I am a man, your brother': Black Resistance and the Secret History of British Antislavery

Tuesday February 11 2020, 6pm

A talk by Dr Priyamvarda Gopal
Reader in Anglophone and Related Literature, Churchill College,
University of Cambridge
Location: Hugh Aston Building 

Distinguished Lecture Series: The Black Attaintment Gap: Inequality, Exclusion and Injustice

Thursday 28 November 2019, 6pm

A talk by Shirley Anne Tate, Professor of Sociology, University of Alberta
Location: Hugh Aston Building 

Distinguished Lecture Series: Why Black History Matters Now

Thursday 31 October 2019, 6pm

A conversation with Hakim Adi, the first historian of African heritage to become a professor of history in Britain.
Location: The Venue@DMU

Radical Pedagogies: Macpherson 20 years on

Thursday 19 September 2019

Radical Pedagogies is the Humanities Teaching Network in Higher Education which was established as “a forum for lecturers, educators, administrators and students to share resources and discuss innovative pedagogy and praxis.”

De Montfort University’s Stephen Lawrence Research Centre and Freedom to Achieve project will be hosting the second Radical Pedagogies event at which will focus on the way that radical pedagogies can be used to highlight and address issues relating to race and institutional discrimination. 

We welcome anyone who is interested in radical pedagogies to attend this event, including researchers, PhD students, learning technologists, library professionals, academics, teachers, parents, students and educational activists from the UK or abroad.