What is racism, and how do we overcome it?

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What is racism, and how do we overcome it?

October 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Over the past few years, racism – and how we should understand it – has increasingly been debated in the public domain. Some conversation has been focussed on what actually constitutes racism, revealing a diverse spectrum of positions within the mainstream public debate and also amongst anti-racism campaigners themselves. However, within anti-racist circles, there has been little systematic attention to how implicit or explicit definitions of racism connect with strategies and tactics envisaged to overturn it. Is racism overcome gradually, through institutional reform and public awareness, or are more revolutionary, abolitionist tactics and strategies necessary? What are these different pathways, and how do they work? Are they mutually exclusive? Should the priority be broad alliance building or the cultivation of smaller, more committed groups? What is the role of education in anti-racist struggles? We bring together a number of thinkers from different areas of public life to examine the wide variety of ways racism can be experienced – including but not limited to anti-Blackness, Islamophobia and antisemitism – as well as to explore how success in anti-racist work can be achieved and what it looks like.

Confirmed speakers:

Omar Khan, Director of the Runnymede Trust

Dalia Gebrial, London School of Economics and Editor at Novara Media

Errol Francis, Chief Executive, Culture&

Yair Wallach, SOAS 

Chair: Meera Sabaratnam, Chair of the Decolonising SOAS Working Group 

This event is sponsored by the Decolonising SOAS Working Group. #DecolonisingSOAS


October 14, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre
SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street
London, London WC1H 0XG United Kingdom
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