Monthly Archives: October 2013

Black History Month Lecture

Thursday 24th October 6.15pm

As part of Black History Month, CERES founder and Head of Moray House School of Education, Rowena Arshad, will speak on ‘Journey to the Future…from emancipation to achievement’. The lecture will be held at Teviot Medical School Lecture Theatre, University of Edinburgh, doors open at 6.00pm.

CERES Conference 2013

Racism and Anti-Racism in Education and Community Practice: An International Exchange

26th-28th June 2013

Over three days we welcomed more than 100 delegates from across the globe to debate and discuss race, racism and anti-racism in different national contexts. The CERES Conference Team would like to thank our presenters, delegates and keynote speakers for helping us make the event such a resounding success.

In the coming weeks, we will be uploading video of our keynote speakers and a selection of presentations from the panel sessions.

After the summer we will also open a call for papers for a special issue related to the key themes of the conference.

New CERES Briefing

Between Scylla and Charybdis: Enterprise and Austerity as a Double Hazard for Non-Governmental Organisations in France and the UK

Dr. Akwugo Emejulu, University of Edinburgh                                                              Dr. Leah Bassel, University of Leicester

This briefing paper examines the rise of the idea and practices associated with ‘enterprise’ within the third sectors in Scotland, England and France. In our pilot project exploring the challenges facing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) during the current economic crisis and subsequent austerity, we found that the logic of free market relations had penetrated and embedded itself into the rationale and practices of the third sector in these three countries. Principles of competition, the accumulation of assets and the commodification of services and products offered by NGOs had either been imposed onto individual organisations by the local or national state or organisations had actively adopted these ideas in order to survive austerity. Questions remain about what these free market principles embedded within the NGO sector mean for the most marginalised groups in France and the UK—minority women. We suggest that the ability for minority women to articulate and take action on complex social justice claims within the sector is under threat because these claims may well be silenced and/or ignored due to the prevailing enterprise logic of the sector.

Click here to download Briefing No.2

AHRC grant awarded

CERES Associates Professor Peter Hopkins (University of Newcastle), Dr Gurchathen Sanghera (University of St. Andrews) and CERES Co-Director Dr Rowena Arshad have been awarded a substantial AHRC grant to investigate ‘Non-Muslim’ and Muslim youth: religious identities, Islmophobia and everyday geopolitics.

The project will run from March 2013 until February 2016

This novel project has four interrelated aims:

  1. To explore the issue of Islamophobia in relation to the experiences of ‘non-Muslim’ and Muslim youths (aged 12-25) in Scotland who are targeted because they look Muslim (Alexander, 2004) and to explain how different religious, ethnic and minoritised youth experience and understand Islamophobia, the impact of this on community relations, social cohesion and integration.
  2. To analyse these experiences within a framework that takes cognisance of the intersectionality of ethnicity with other relevant positionalities such as religion, gender, social class and locality (e.g. Hopkins, 2009; Mohammad 2001; Sanghera and Thapar-Bjorkert 2007).
  3. To detail how young people understand and negotiate ‘everyday geopolitics’.
  4. To problematise polarised discourses which see young people as either politically disengaged and apathetic or politically radicalised and extreme.

You can find out more about project the by visiting the website here