Wednesday 22 November 2017, 4:15-5:30pm
Dr Chris Gilligan, Open Borders Scotland
Rethinking racism, beyond "race relations": taking the social construction of "race" seriously when theorising racism
Room PG2.02, Riccarton Campus
The seminar looks at two phenomena that are rarely examined together - racism and sectarianism. Many of the prominent themes in debates on racism and anti-racism in the UK today - the role of religion, racism and 'terrorism', community cohesion - were central to discussions on sectarianism in Northern Ireland during the conflict and peace process. The analysis presented provides a sustained critique of the Race Relations paradigm that dominates official anti-racism and sketches out some elements of an emancipatory anti-racism.