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Contemporary Questions 2

Contemporary Questions 2

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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, Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Kristy Warren.
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:
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-born Australian mechanical engineer, writer and social advocate. She worked on oil and gas rigs around Australia for almost half a decade before becoming a full-time writer and broadcaster in 2016.  She published her debut memoir, Yassmin's Story at age 24. After hosting the documentary, The Truth About Racism, she created Hijabistas for the ABC, a series looking at the modest fashion scene in Australia.  Yassmin is an internationally accredited F1 reporter and a regular contributor to the BBC.  
Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders at the age of 16 and in 2017, she created Mumtaza, dedicated to the empowerment of women of colour. Most recently, she founded Kuwa, a platform tackling cultural change around sexual harassment in workplaces. Her TED talk, What does my headscarf mean to you, has been viewed almost two million times and was chosen as one of TED’s top ten ideas of 2015. Not one to shy away from a discussion, Yassmin’s appearance on Q&A with former Senator Jacqui Lambie went viral, viewed over 12 million times in less than a week.  In the debate, Yassmin challenged the orthodox conception of feminism in Islam and spurred on a global conversation about being a young Muslim woman of colour in the West today.
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. 
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.