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Race, Religion and Migration

Race, Religion and Migration

4 - 10 October 2021

Newcastle University works with ethnic and religious minority groups to explore inequalities and promote social justice.

We explore and understand the experiences of exclusion for specific minority groups such as:

  • asylum seekers and refugees
  • marginalised migrants
  • victims of religious discrimination

We propose new initiatives and work on innovative projects to promote social justice for these groups.

Browse our digital resources on this topic below. Please note, registration for events on this theme has now closed.

Virtual events

Who is Europe? Film screening and discussion

Who is Europe? (2019/40 mins) is a split-screen documentary in four acts. The film journeys to  Dresden, to Tompa on the Hungarian-Serbian border, and to Melilla, a Spanish exclave in Africa, to raise critical questions for our times: Who is Europe? Who belongs? Whither Europe?  After venturing to these edges, undersides and fault lines in Europe, the film ends on a ruminative note with the sound of bells ringing across Europe on ‘International Peace Day’.  

This special screening for Newcastle University's Alumni Day of Action in support of social justice was followed by a discussion about the film and the issues of borders, refugees and racism, focusing in particular on the migrant crisis in Melilla. Melilla and Cueta, also a Spanish exclave in Morroco, are the EU’s only land border with Africa. Panellists included filmmaker and Newcastle academic Ian McDonald, and Prof Chris Whitehead, who commissioned Who Is Europe? as part of CoHERE, a Europe-wide research project on heritage making in Europe. 

Who is Europe? has screened at numerous film festivals and academic conferences across the world. It was the Audience Award Winner at the Refugees Film Festival in Berlin and was Shortlisted for the AHRC Research Film of the Year.

Watch Who Is Europe? (40 minutes)

 Catch up on the panel discussion

Mind Moves Matter: Beyond hashtags into change

Saturday 9 October, 14:00 - 15:15 BST

Join us for this year's Convocation lecture with Reverend Professor Keith Magee, Chair and Professor of Practice in Social Justice in the School of History, Classics and Archeology at Newcastle University.

Newcastle University has long inspired academic excellence, innovation and creativity to benefit as a whole. Though the university itself does not have an official motto, etched into the student union building in Latin is mens agitat molem (mind moves matter).  This legacy of 'mind moves matter' will be explored through the prism of the value of our shared experiences, beyond hashtags to shape brighter futures and champion social justice, to bring about meaningful change.

This event will be introduced and hosted by Newcastle University's Dean of Advancement, Professor Anya Hurlbert.

Video Resources

Browse our pre-event resources below to find out more about this theme and hear how we're already tackling this social injustice as a University.

What is intersectionality?

Former Dean of Social Justice at Newcastle University, Professor Peter Hopkins, explores what intersectionality means in this short video.

What about Black girls?

Sophie created this video whilst undertaking the module 'Social Justice and Education' as part of her BA. Students were asked to name a problem in education relating to an educational inequity and to propose a solution, both of which must be justified and situated within a political typology. The video focused directly on race equality and anti-racism.

Watch more student videos >

Martin Luther King speech

Newcastle University was the only British University to award Dr Martin Luther King an Honorary Degree, welcoming him to Newcastle in November 1967. 

Shopping While Black

Alternatively, watch via YouKu >

In this video, Dr Trevor James from Newcastle's School of Psychology details the subconscious suspicion that Black people, and in particular, Black men, raise when in public places.

In conversation with Dr Heather Smith

In this video, Dr Heather Smith explains the urgent need for anti-racism in education and explores how to teach about and for anti-racism.

Challenging anti-immigration myths

Tracing the history of the UK’s immigration debate, Dr Goodfellow looks at legislation that was introduced from the 1960s and how it was tied up with Empire. This INSIGHTS lecture considers how distinct forms of racism were reproduced by the party-political left and right, and examines the impact this had on people who moved, or tried to move, to this country.

Back to St. Pauls

An energetic documentary portrait of the black community in St Pauls area of Bristol. Through the creative use of sound and image archives set alongside present day images, including the toppling of the Colston statue, black people past and present share the story of a community which has been at the forefront of race debates in the UK for decades. Created by Newcastle University student Zac Baker. 

Introducing CARA

Dr Lewis Turner is a lecturer of the International Politics of Gender at Newcastle University and also the University’s liaison with CARA – the Council for At-Risk Academics. In this video, Lewis provides an introduction to CARA and shares how you can support their vital work.

Link Resources