Stephen Lawrence Research Centre news and events

Black in Academia


Thursday 2 April 2020, 4.30pm - 8.30pm

Location: Hugh Aston Building

The SLRC is working in partnership with Leading Routes to host Black in Academia: Staying the Course:

These events are designed to encourage and support Black Students who are studying in the UK and considering a Masters, PhD or career in academia.

Students from Black African and Caribbean backgrounds do not see themselves represented in higher education and a postgraduate career appears out of reach. (Leading Routes 2020)

Join us for a lively and informative conversation packed full with advice and tips on how to develop your career prospects in academic research. Refreshments provided.

For more information & to register for the event please click here.

Denouement of Raceocracy

Postponed: Unfortunately, international travel restrictions are preventing our guest speaker, Dr. Barnor Hesse, from being here so we’ve had to postpone this event.  Hopefully we’ll be able to reschedule when travel options are less limiting.

We very much appreciate your interest in attending this lecture and we look forward to communicating with you further about plans to reschedule this event in the coming weeks.

Barnor Hesse

This lecture is part of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre Distinguished Lecture Series and the lecture will follow the symposium Un/Settled Multiculturalisms 20 Years On: Revisiting Diasporas, Entanglements and Transruptions in this Moment of Political Calamity.

Dr Barnor Hesse is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University, Chicago. Hesse received his PhD in Government (Ideology and Discourse Analysis) at the University of Essex. As a Black British Scholar, Hesse has formerly taught at the University of East London. His scholarly contributions have made a distinct and significant intervention to conceptual and theoretical discourses and ideas on culture, race, racism; modernity and coloniality; blackness and affect; race and governmentality; conceptual methodologies and postcolonial studies, from a Black diaspora UK perspective. He is author of ‘Raceocracy: White Sovereignty & Black Life Politics’ (forthcoming).

Unsettled Multiculturalisms 20 Years On

Revisiting Diasporas, Entanglements and Transruptions in this Moment of Political Calamity

Postponed: Regretfully, we have had to postpone plans to host the upcoming Un/Settled Multiculturalisms symposium which was originally scheduled for 25 March 2020. 

Due to travel restrictions at his institution, Barnor Hesse is unable to travel to the UK as planned. We believe that his presence is essential for the day, so we have decided to postpone this event for a later date when international travel options are less restrictive and uncertain. 

We very much appreciate your interest in participating in the symposium and we look forward to communicating with you further about plans to reschedule this event in the coming weeks.


The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre warmly invites you to take part in our forthcoming symposium. This invitation marks a momentous and timely occasion to reflect upon the 20th anniversary of Dr Barnor Hesse’s edited collection, Un/Settled Multiculturalisms - Diasporas, Entanglements, Transruptions.

In the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the SLRC sees the anniversary of this publication as highly significant.

We are currently witnessing reinvigorated and emboldened forms of white nationalism alongside an ongoing reconfiguration of what it means to be Black and Brown within these past and post diasporas locations.

The symposium seeks to revisit a range ideas explored within the book in order to question and challenge existing orthodoxies and political modalities of resistance and solidarities in the face of continuing articulations of white nationalism and white supremacy.

The symposium will be followed by Dr Barnor Hesse's Distinguished Lecture.

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. 


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