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Panya Banjoko. Image by UrBen Images

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Contemporary Questions

Race and Racism

26 Jul 2018

Join philosophers, writers, artists and activists from across the country for a collaborative discussion exploring issues that are at the forefront of contemporary social debates: gender identity, and race and racism. These two panels pose questions to how we live together; what counts as an answer; and who gets to decide? 
The second panel on this Contemporary Questions series is on Race and Racism. Racism has a long history, and constantly takes new forms as societies change. But what exactly is racism, and how do we identify it? What effects can racism have on the people who are targeted, and what should be done to end it?
With Panya Banjoko, Aness Webster and Karen Salt.
Nottingham Contemporary is wheelchair accessible, and sign language interpreters have been arranged for both panels. Please contact us for more details or to discuss any additional requirements.
Free. Booking required
The Space
In collaboration with the University of Nottingham and Royal Institute of Philosophy
About the Panellists:
Panya Banjoko is a Nottingham based writer, Poet and Archivist whose work has been published in various anthologies. She has performed widely, including the Olympic Games (2012). She is co-founder of Nottingham Black Archive, coordinates a Writers Network and is Patron for Nottingham City of Literature. Her poem, ‘One Of A Kind’, was commended in the Writers East Midlands Poetry Competition (2017). She was one of the successful poets selected to perform in the award winning film, Brit I Am, directed by Andi Osho. Her debut collection, Some Things, will be published in June 2018 by Burning Eye Books.
Afua Hirsch is an award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster. She is a columnist for The Guardian Newspaper, and a presenter on weekly current affairs debate show The Pledge on Sky News. She has previously worked in journalism as a West Africa correspondent, and Social Affairs editor, and in law as a human rights barrister. Brit(ish) about Britishness and identity, is published in 2018 by Jonathan Cape and is her first book. 
Aness Webster is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. She specialises in philosophy of race, ethics, and philosophy of law. Her research in the philosophy of race focuses on the nature of racism, in particular everyday or more subtle cases of racism. Her work pays special attention to the lived experiences of those who are targets of racism, including their emotional responses to racist incidents. She aims to make intelligible and justify many different emotional responses to racism.
Karen Salt directs the Centre for Research in Race and Rights and leads Europe’s first-ever Black Studies PhD programme—both at the University of Nottingham. Salt is an expert on sovereignty, power, collective activism and systems of governance and collaborates on a number of research projects, including the Arts Council England project, The Bigger Picture. Her monograph, The Unfinished Revolution: Haiti, Black Sovereignty and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World, will be published by Liverpool University Press in Autumn 2018. She has begun work on two new monographs: States of Blackness: Nationhood and Power in Haiti, Liberia and Abyssinia and Twilight Islands: Race and Politics in the Shadows of the Caribbean.