Saïd Business School
The panel will outline the collective and supportive story-making approach they pioneered in their work tackling everyday racism and will highlight some of the institutional challenges they encountered. Wadham's Senior Research Fellow, Kam Bhui is on the panel.
Since 2021 the #RaceMeToo social media campaign has drawn attention to the pervasive, injurious racism experienced every day by Black and other minority ethnic staff and students in Universities. The panel will discuss the discomfort of recognising and addressing institutional and individual behaviours that perpetuate these more subtle varieties of racism and will challenge us to consider how to collectively tackle this.
Finally a response to the panel with narratives to promote leadership and systems change to tackle structural disadvantage and discuss a future that will connect activists and organisers with each other to address everyday racism. This will be followed by audience questions and answers.
17:30 - Onsite check-in opens
18:00 - Talk commences
19:30 - Talk concludes
until 20:15 - Networking drinks
About the speakers
Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart is Dean of the Faculty of Law at Oxford University and a Fellow of Merton College. She visited and taught at Law Schools in Asia, Europe, and Australasia. She is author of Contract Law (7th ed), and of numerous articles on the theory, doctrine, and comparative law of contract. Mindy was a member of the Advisory Group on A Restatement of the English Law of Contract and has lectured to the Judicial College of England and Wales, and the judiciary in Hong Kong. She is an Editor of Chitty on Contracts (now 34th ed), and of the six-book series on Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia, of which the first four have been published by OUP.
Mónica G. Moreno Figueroa is an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and, Fellow in Social Sciences at Downing College. She co-leads the Decolonise Sociology Working Group and with Dr Ella McPherson she runs the ‘End Everyday Racism’ project, a web-based platform to report and monitor racism in higher education. From 2017-21 Monica was one of the University of Cambridge Race and Equality Champions and a member of the Legacies of Enslavement Advisory Group. Her research focusses on the lived experience of ‘race’ and racism; antiracism and the emotional effects of oppression; feminist theory and the interconnections between beauty, emotions and racism. A book edited with Peter Wade, Against racism: organizing for social change in Latin America (Pittsburgh University Press) was published in March 2022.
Ella McPherson is Associate Professor in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology as well as the Anthony L. Lyster Fellow in Sociology at Queens’ College. She is also Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, where she leads the research theme on human rights in the digital age. Ella’s research focuses on symbolic struggles surrounding the media in times of transition, whether democratic or digital. She founded and leads The Whistle, an academic start-up that supports the use of digital evidence for social and institutional change and co-leads the End Everyday Racism project with Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa, a witnessing platform and solidarity-building project that documents everyday racism in higher education.
Professor Kam Bhui is Professor of Psychiatry at University of Oxford in NDPCHS and the Department of Psychiatry where his research includes projects directed to reducing ethnic inequalities in the experiences and outcomes of severe mental illnesses, including understanding the role of societal, institutional and interpersonal discrimination and racism as drivers of poor health. He led the Synergi Collaborative Centre (https://synergicollaborativecentre.co.uk/) a national partnership to understand and tackle ethnic inequalities in severe mental illness working with the University of Manchester and Word of Colour, a communications agency. Professor Bhui is an SRF at Wadham College and also leads CHIMES collaborative https://www.psych.ox.ac.uk/research/chimes’