Stephen Lawrence Research Centre news and events

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

Thursday 29 October, 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Location: The Exchange, Onlinethe-exchange

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.

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. 

Registration and joining details to follow shortly.

Un/Settled Multiculturalisms 2020 Transruptions in a time of Racist Calamities 

A series of weekly webinars beginning in February 2021

Location: Online 

We’re delighted to host Professor Barnor Hesse of Northwestern University, Chicago for this series of live webinars. Five guest speakers will discuss concurrent social racial catastrophes that have unfolded during 2020 through Professor Hesse’s idea on racism and ‘transruptions’. 

This series is aimed at a global audience of activists, scholars, academics, students and thinkers interested in questioning contemporary politics of race and racism.

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.

Past events

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.

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.

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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