Mile End Institute

Facing White Supremacy after Brexit: Politics as Usual?

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24 April 2019

Time: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Venue: Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London

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Panel:

Maya Goodfellow - Maya Goodfellow is a PhD candidate in the Department for Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and has written for the Guardian, The New York Times and Al Jazeera. Her forthcoming book on the immigration debate will be published later this year with Verso.

Callum Cant - Callum Cant is an academic and contributing columnist for the Guardian, Independent, Notes From Below. Callum has a forthcoming book with Polity Press, 'Riding for Deliveroo'

Dr Olivia Rutazibwa - Dr Olivia Rutazibwa is a member of staff in the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature at the University of Portsmouth, working on international anti-racist solidarity.

Dr Clive Gabay - Dr Clive Gabay is a member of staff in the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London, working on race and racism. His most recent book, Imagining Africa: Whiteness and the Western Gaze was published by Cambridge University Press at the end of 2018

Emily Gorcenski - Emily is a data scientist, an activist for social justice, and the creator of First Vigil, a database of far-right extremist crime. A survivor of the Charlottesville neo-Nazi violence, Emily has used her experience to fight back against far-right extremism, and was recently named as one of 2018's most influential feminists by Bitch Magazine.

Dr Omar Khan, Director of the Runnymede Trust, chair of the Ethnicity Strand Advisory Group to Understanding Society, chair of the advisory group of the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester, Commissioner on the Financial Inclusion Commission and a member of the 2014 REF assessment, the 2011 Census, and the UK representative (2009-2013) on the European Commission’s Socio-economic network of experts. Omar was previously a Governor at the University of East London and a 2012 Clore Social Leadership Fellow.

Whether it formally happens or not, Brexit has turbocharged currents within British politics that have been present within the political climate for a long time. Newly energised though, the far right and white supremacists pose a direct challenge to the conduct of politics that will likely stay with us long after Brexit is formally concluded or otherwise. This panel event will hear from people who have been at the front line of acting against and thinking about white supremacy, its origins and transnational networks, including activists who have been present at major white supremacist shows of strength in London, and the ‘Unite the Right’ demonstrations in Charlottesville, USA in 2017.

A drinks reception marking the publication of Clive Gabay's new book, Imagining Africa: Whiteness and the Western Gaze (https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/history/african-history/imagining-africa-whiteness-and-western-gaze?format=HB) will follow the event. Books will be available on the night at a 45% discounted rate of £40.

 

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