Withering on the Vine? Race, Leadership and Multiculturalism


Date: Friday 2nd June 2017
Venue: University of Nottingham
Time: 10:45am - 3:00pm

This session of the BELMAS Research Interest Group (RIG) on Race & Leadership aims to open debate and stimulate discussion of the ways in which ‘race’ is understood and deployed in the theory and practice of educational leadership, as well as in debates about Multiculturalism. As such, it examines ‘race’ within and beyond the experiences of minoritised groups and incorporates ‘race’ as a social construct that applies to all. Race then, is used as a prism through which to explore and interrogate issues such as: the gaze through which educational leadership research is constructed, monocultural leadership in multi-ethnic education spaces, access to and outcomes for those who participate in bespoke leadership programmes, the impact and interplay of policy on educational leadership theory and practice.

By bringing together academics, postgraduate students and practitioners and those with an interest in race, educational leadership, multiculturalism and education, this session hopes to explore the ongoing ways in which ‘race’ and its intersections are understood within and through organisations. We hope that you find this a stimulating and topical debate.

Confirmed speakers: Dr Claudette Bailey-Morrissey (Independent Consultant); Dr Richard Race (University of Roehampton); Dr Kehinde Andrews (Birmingham City University).

10.45 - 11.15 Arrival and registration
11.15 - 11.30 Introduction to the day (Professor Paul Miller)
11.30 - 12.10 Dr Richard Race: Education policy and leadership: the implications on race and multiculturalism
12.10 - 12.50 Dr Claudette Morrissey: An Exploration of the Lived Experiences of Black Women Secondary School Leaders
12.50 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.10 Dr Kehinde Andrews: The University is Racism’: Overcoming the academy’s complicity in race
14.10 - 14.50 Panel Discussion of Speakers (led by Dr Christine Callender)
14.50 - 15.00 Closing comments

Introducing our speakers

Dr Richard Race is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Roehampton. The second edition of his book Multiculturalism and Education (Bloomsbury) was published in 2015. A co-edited collection, Advancing Race and Ethnicity in Education was published in 2016 (Palgrave Macmillan) with Professor Vini Lander. Richard has submitted an edited collection, Advancing Multicultural Dialogues in Education and a second monograph Integration and Education Policy Making is currently being researched and written (both with Palgrave Macmillan).

Dr Claudette Bailey-Morrissey is an Independent Consultant.

Dr Kehinde Andrews is Associate Professor of Sociology, and has been leading the development of the Black Studies Degree at Birmingham City University. He recently co-edited Blackness in Britain (2016) and is working on his next book The Politics of Black Radicalism. His first book was Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement (2013). Kehinde is director of the Centre for Critical Social Research; founder of the Organisation of Black Unity; and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.

Registration for this event is free and full venue details will be provided to registered delegates in the form of joining instructions.


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