UNESCO Connecting Cultures (Oman) and Moray House School of Education Memorandum of Understanding – with CERES Co-Director Pete Allison

The University of Edinburgh has entered into a formal relationship with Connecting Cultures, a unique educational initiative that takes young European and Arab leaders into the Omani desert to facilitate Euro-Arab intercultural dialogue. The University recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Connecting Cultures, which styles itself as a ‘university of the desert’.

The initiative is led by Mark Evans MBE (founder of Connecting Cultures) and Pete Allison of The University of Edinburgh (Moray House School of Education) and Co-Director of CERES.

Further information on the initiative is available here.


New Book: Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities

CERES Co-Director Andy Hancock has co-edited a book ‘Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities: Many Pathways to being Chinese’ with Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen. The book published by John Benjamins addresses the importance of sociocultural, educational and linguistic environments across the globe that create, enhance or limit the ways in which diasporic children and young people acquire the ‘Chinese’ language. You can see the book flyer here.


CERES Director contributes to TES Connect article

CERES Co-Director Rowena Arshad has been quoted in an article in TES Connect concerning “everyday racism”, urging schools to do more to tackle racism and Islamophobia. You can read the full article here.


CERES International Conference 2015

The 2015 CERES International Conference ‘The Retreat from Race: Confronting the Backlash through Education and Action’ will take place in Edinburgh next June.

For information on the conference, including dates, venue, confirmed keynote speakers and themes, click here.

You can also keep up-to-date on news and information related to the conference by signing up to our mailing list, available at the foot of this page.

The previous CERES International Conference took place in 2013. Click here for further information.


Children’s Rights, Social Justice and Social Identities Seminar Series

Scottish Universities Insight Institute

Seminar 2, ‘Children and young people’s views on and experiences of intersecting identities and inequalities’. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 20 March 2014.

Video with key highlights:


Video with key highlights subtitled/sign language:


Presentation podcasts:

Harry Shier, Intersecting identities of children in Nicaragua? We all work and we all go to school?

Professor Pat Dolan, Making Sense-Learning for Family Support from young people’s views and experiences

Seminar on ‘Children’s rights, social justice and intersectionality – challenges, methods and research’

CERES Co-Directors Akwugo Emejulu and Kristina Konstantoni and CERES Associate Marlies Kustatscher are part of the organising team of a seminar series on ‘Children’s Rights, Social Justice and Social Identities in Scotland: Intersections in Research, Policy and Practice’, funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute.

The next event in the series, entitled Children’s rights, social justice and intersectionality – challenges, methods and research’ will take place on 23 June 2014 at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute in Glasgow, ca. 10am – 4pm. The seminar will explore methodological issues linked to exploring and understanding children and young people’s intersecting identities and inequalities. The seminar is aimed at practitioners, policy makers, researchers and others with an interest in these issues.

Places at the seminar are free but limited. Please register on the SUII website.

More information can be found on the above website, or by following us on Twitter: @Children_SUII

Video and audio from previous seminars is available here.

CERES Director Supports Need for more BME Teachers – The Voice Newspaper

CERES Co-Director Rowena Arshad has contributed to an article in The Voice reporting on the low numbers of black and minority ethnic history teachers accepted for postgraduate training courses last year, highlighting experiences of racial discrimination as a major dissuading factor for black applicants.

You can read Rowena’s comments and the rest of the article here.

CERES Addendum to 18 Month Report

The CERES addendum to the 18 Month Report is now available to read online. The addendum report covers November 2013 to March 2014 and includes details on current research, grants obtained, publications, external engagement and more.

Read CERES Addendum to 18 Month Report

The addendum should be read in conjunction with the 18 Month Report, available here.

CERES Director Provides Keynote at Five Nations Conference

CERES Co-Director Rowena Arshad gave the keynote address ‘Exploring multiple and political identities in a diverse society’ at the end of the first day of the Five Nations Conference on ‘Citizenship and identities: political identity’, which took place in Edinburgh in December 2013.

A video is now available of the keynote address:

Further information about the conference is available here.