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Anti-Racism at Newcastle University

Anti-Racism at Newcastle University

Find out more about our research into how we can tackle racism.

Anti-racism @ Newcastle University

The HaSS Research Institutes (Institute for Social Science, Humanities Research Institute and the Institute for Creative Arts Practice) are working collaboratively with Dr Heather Smith and Professor Peter Hopkins on anti-racism. At Newcastle, we teach about anti-racism; we research anti-racism and this research has real-world impact; and we work towards changing professional policies and practices.

Professor Anoop Nayak defines anti-racism as ‘a political challenge and intervention in racist policy and practice’. At Newcastle, we teach about anti-racism; we research anti-racism and this research has real-world impact; and we work towards changing professional policies and practices.

In this video, Dr Heather Smith, Senior Lecturer in Education at Newcastle University is interviewed by Peter Hopkins, Professor of Social Geography at Newcastle University.

Heather is an experienced anti-racist researcher and educator who regularly employs critical race theory (CRT) in her teaching and research. In this video, Heather explains the urgent need for anti-racism in education and explores how to teach about and for anti-racism.

Anti-Racist Scholar-Activism

On Wednesday 26th January, the Institute was delighted to welcome Remi Joseph-Salisbury and Laura Connelly in a webinar to introduce their new book, ‘Anti-Racist Scholar Activism’ (now available in our library or to purchase here). This book is powerful not only because of the insightful critique of higher education, but also because Remi and Laura’s research prioritises the voices of university academics committed to anti-racism, working as part of communities of resistance. Their work is a call to and guidance for action in, as they call it, pockets of hope and possibility within current structures in order to in Stuart Hall’s words, ‘struggle where we are’. The webinar was inspirational as it led us to imagine the pockets of hope and possibility for our own institution and our own work, as well as introducing some provocative notions, such as working in service and reparative theft. Listen to their presentation here.

Dr Remi Joseph Salisbury is presidential fellow in ethnicity and inequalities at the University of Manchester. His research focuses on racism and anti-racism in education and policing, and he’s also part of the Northern Police Monitoring Project.

Laura Connelly is a lecturer in Criminology at the University of Sheffield. Her work sits at the intersections of race, gender and migration, and she often explores these issues within the context of the sex industry. She organises as part of the Northern Police Monitoring Project, an organisation working with communities in Greater Manchester to address police harassment, violence, and racism.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences