The first ever Wadham Race Symposium is taking place on Saturday 13 February. The symposium will be a day of talks and panel discussions. This year’s theme, ‘Confronting the White Institution’ aims to explore the position that Universities and institutions occupy within power structures of race. The symposium invites you to consider the ways that education can reinforce colonial powers and legacies, and how members of the university in all capacities can act to prevent or reverse this situation. We will discuss how ‘whiteness’ manifests itself across the university, how it has come to be made invisible in the structures and spaces of the institution, and what we can do to expose and decolonise these practices.
11.00-12.15 Panel – REPRESENTATION: IS DIVERSITY ENOUGH?
Chair: Hannah Yu-Pearson
Justine McConnell (Tutor for Race, Wadham College)
Patricia Daley (University Assessor)
Nita Fisher (Chair of the Staff BME Network)
Yussef Robinson (St Hilda’s JCR BME Rep)
12.15-1.00 Talk + Q&A – TARUN KHAITAN (Associate Professor and the Hackney Fellow in Law, Wadham College): Baron Constantine to Shafic Essop: 70 years of Race and the Law
2.00-3.15 Panel – UNLEARNING THE WHITE CURRICULUM
Chair: Yuna Chang
Imaobong Umoren (joint Pembroke-TORCH Career Development Fellow in Women in the Humanities)
Kerem Nisancioglu (Decolonising Our Minds Society, Lecturer, SOAS)
Chi Chi Shi (Chair of the OUSU Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality)
Roseanne Chantiluke (Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford)
3.15-3.30 BREAK (Coffee/tea)
3.30-4.45 Panel – DECOLONISING INSTITUTIONS: A 21ST CENTURY PROBLEM
Chair: Sachin Croker
Neelam Chhara (Decolonising Our Minds Society, SOAS)
Amber Murrey (Visiting lecturer at Jimma University, Ethiopia)
Miriam Kilimo (Rhodes Must Fall In Oxford)
Ankhi Mukherjee (Professor of English and World Literatures, Wadham College)
4.45-6.00 Keynote address + Q&A – NIRMAL PUWAR (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London): Making Space: a consideration of how institutional spaces are taken, offered and occupied.