Book Launch and Lecture: Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities

Thursday 30 October 2014

‘Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities’ is a joint event organised by CERES and the Confucius Institute for Scotland.

The event has been organised to mark the publication by John Benjamins of the eponymous book which has been co-edited by CERES Co-Director Andy Hancock, University of Edinburgh, and Xiao-Lan Curdt-Christiansen, University of Reading.

The book addresses the importance of sociocultural, educational and linguistic environments across the globe that create, enhance or limit these diasporic communities in acquisition of Chinese language.

At the book launch, Xiao-Lan Curdt-Christiansen will give a lecture on ‘Learning Chinese in Diasporic Communities: Does It Matter?’.

This event will take place on 30 October 2014 from 6pm-7pm in Moray House School of Education, Room G43, Patersons Land. A short drinks reception will follow the event. Attendance is free but booking is requested. To reserve your place please email jo.law@ed.ac.uk.

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Rowena Arshad: Never be complacent about racism – Edinburgh Evening News

CERES Co-Director Rowena Arshad has contributed an article to the Edinburgh Evening News highlighting the role education has to play in tackling hate crime. In the face of a rise in race hate crime, the piece calls on those involved in every level of education to help learners develop an understanding of discrimination and take action for equality.

You can read the article in full here.


New CERES Briefing

Minority Ethnic Young People and the Scottish Independence Referendum 

This briefing draws from an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project exploring the everyday geopolitics of young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds growing up in Scotland. The project began in 2013 and runs to 2016. The project is focussing on a number of issues relating to young people’s experiences of discrimination, the ways in which they are, or are not, mistaken for being Muslim (and so experience Islamophobia as a result), and their perceptions about everyday geopolitics.

As the period of study covered the timescale at which sixteen and seventeen year olds have been given the opportunity to vote in a major ballot in the UK, the Scottish Independence Referendum, the briefing extracts themes emerging from discussions about the referendum and independence. This briefing covers the period from November 2013 – July 2014.

Download CERES Briefing No. 4.


CERES International Conference 2015 – Call for Papers

The call for papers is now live for the 2015 CERES International Conference, ‘The stubborn persistence of racism: confronting racial inequality through education and action’.

The conference will take place in Edinburgh on 24-26 June 2015. The deadline for abstract submissions is Monday 3 November 2014. Access the document below for further information on abstract submission, conference streams and delegate fees.

CERES Conference 2015 Call for Papers

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 in Scotland Seminar Series

Registration is now open for Seminar 4, ‘Intersectional Childhoods: Practical applications across Practice, Policy and Research’. The seminar will take place on 2 October 2014 at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde. The confirmed speakers are:

Dr Rowena Arshad, Head of Moray House School of Education/Co-Director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland (CERES)

Juliet Harris, Together – Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights

Prof Samantha Punch, University of Stirling

To register please visit our website here. Please note that the deadline is 18 September.


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.


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 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.