Past events

2019

8 February 2019 BARC Zine-Making Workshop: Making Tools of Resistance

Far from the idea of developing a tool-kit, BARC wish to explore and understand the power of creating subversive artefacts that can be exchanged, circulated, and passed around the university campus space as an act of anti-racist intervention. The workshop invites 15 attendees to develop ideas for making zines. Drawing inspiration from the 19th century abolitionist pamphlet campaigns, the workshop will facilitate zine design, content and piloting campaigns to be launched at Kent Law School’s decolonizing event in March 2019. A few spaces are still open – to register, email us.

20 February 2019 Queen Mary University of London Teaching and Learning conference

BARC will be facilitating a session targeting teaching faculty and administrative staff. The session will comprise of playing a ‘student journey game’, a free evidence-based resource that BARC have developed for raising awareness purposes. The game has been developed in line with the knowledge students of colour at Queen Mary have about their experiences of structural inequality in classroom dynamics and campus life. Bookings are open for QMUL staff only.

20 March 2019, Zine-Making Workshop, University of Kent School of Law, Centre for Sexuality, Race and Gender Justice

We are supporting Decolonise UKC, a decolonising research collective at Kent comprising a group of research students who will deliver a manifesto focusing on education, inclusivity & identity to the staff and student body. We will host a creative workshop on zine-making to develop and disseminate practical anti-racist strategies. Contact Decolonise UKC for details.

23 May 2019, Building the Anti Racist Classroom Workshop, University of Kent

BARC will facilitate a morning of collaboration and reflection among University of Kent’s postgraduate community. Building on Decolonise UKC’s manifesto launch, UKC students and staff will play the Student Journey Game, to understand the state of play at the university and to establish what further work is needed to support the manifesto. This event is in collaboration with Katja May (PhD student, English), Decolonise UKC and is funded by the Postgraduate Community-Experience Awards, University of Kent.

30 May 2019, Building the Anti Racist Classroom Workshop, Middlesex University London

We are facilitating a long-table event to provide a space for students and staff of colour to come together and reflect on their experiences, to recognise how these experiences are patterned and to build a supportive community for establishing solidaristic relations. This event is funded by University of Middlesex and is organized in collaboration with Dr Akile Ahmet, Department of Sociology, Middlesex University London. The workshop is open to Middlesex students and staff only.

15-16 June 2019, Organizing for Liberation part 1, Leeds-Beckett University

We will be hosting an exciting 2-day intensive skill-building and community development event for Northern UK HE anti-racist organisers, early career researchers and student activists. We will be engaging with the simple but provocative question: What is an anti-racist space? We will reflect deeply on this simple yet provocative question as we move forward in our work that develops the theoretical tools for our times that can be used to dismantle white supremacy in the classroom. We build on Tate and Bagguley’s (2017) conceptualisation of the anti-racist university as a ‘contact zone’ where different people and ideas might be brought together in non-hierarchical relations to (re)form one another. We ask: What does an anti-racist classroom look like? What does it feel like? Who is understood to be a ‘good’ student, and how does she transform over the course of her degree? What alternative philosophies can we draw on to envisage and embody anti-racist spaces, practices, and relations to one another? And do we have the language to imagine it, construct it, demand it?

The workshop will be open to scholars and activists from any discipline, but will target those with a history and commitment to anti-racist organizing. It is free to attend, but solidarity donations are gratefully accepted. Funded by NARTI, Professor Shirley Anne Tate, Director of the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality will co-host with BARC. Registration is now closed!

2018

18-19 October 2018, Building the Anti Racist Classroom Workshop, QMUL

Our inaugural workshop established BARC as a collective of women of colour scholars committed to community-building among people of colour and white allies across higher education institutions. For a description of what took place, please go to the link provided: 18-19 Oct – Inaugural Workshop, Queen Mary, University of London