Edinburgh’s Linguistic Landscape: Study Afternoon 22 May

There will be a Edge of Words Study Afternoon to discuss Edinburgh’s Linguistic Landscape research project next Friday, 22 May, at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Terrace. The event will begin at 1.30pm and close at 5.00pm.

Further details about the event are available here.


Portland teachers win grant to attend CERES International Conference

Four teachers from Lincoln Middle School in Portland, Maine, have won a grant of nearly $10,000 to attend the CERES International Conference in June. The four are the only Maine educators among approximately 500 teachers across the USA to win such “golden ticket” fellowships for summer learning odysseys. Their attendance is part of a teacher-led strategy to build both the teachers’ capacity and the school’s capacity to initiate conversations about race and recognise and respond to systemic racial bias impacting their teaching and learning community.

You can read more about the grant here.

There is still time to register to attend the conference in June. Click here to register.


CERES International Conference 2015

Fourth Call for Papers

The fourth 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 deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday 27 May 2015. Access the document below for further information on abstract submission, conference streams and delegate fees.

CERES Conference 2015 Call for Papers

If you have already submitted an abstract during the third call for papers, we will respond to you shortly.

The conference will take place in Edinburgh on 24 – 26 June 2015. You can register to attend the conference here.

For further information, including 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.

A draft programme for the conference is now available.
Download the programme here.

You can find us on the Sociolinguists Events Calendar.

The last CERES International Conference took place in 2013. View videos of the keynote lectures here.

Keynote Lecture

Jane Elliot, Anti-Racist Activist and Educator, will present the opening keynote lecture of the 2nd International CERES Conference on Wednesday 24th June 2015. The theme of the lecture will be Anti-Racism – An Idea Whose Time Has Come. Further details about the event and information for booking a place can be found in the flyer below.

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New CERES Briefing

Intersectional Childhoods and Inequalities

This briefing paper summarises key information from the recent Scottish Universities Insight Institute Seminar series on Children’s Rights, Social Justice and Social Identities in Scotland: Intersections in Research, Policy and Practice (2013-2014).

The aim of this briefing is to introduce the concept of intersectionality and to understand its meanings and purposes in relation to childhood identities and inequalities. It summarises some of the research, policy and practice, and concludes with details about the next steps for the project.

Download CERES Briefing No. 5.


Race Equality at the University of Edinburgh

As part of its ongoing commitment to race equality the University of Edinburgh has launched its staff and student wide survey.

The survey is just the first step in the process of gathering valuable insights from the University community to inform what actions should be taken to address racial inequality and further promote equality at the University.

Complete the survey here.


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.