CARG Annual Conference 2022

DO MINORITIES MATTER? The Way the State Enables its Minorities Reflects on the Strength of its Democracy

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Time & Location

07 May, 10:30 – 15:30 BST


About the event

To what extent does the UK truly believe it enables its minorities to express their identities and value their diversity?  Is this reflected in UK public institutions, civic organisations and private corporations?

Speakers include:

  • Professor Binna Kandola - a visiting Professor at Leeds University and Aston University and a consulting editor for the Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology will share his insights into discrimination in the workplace.
  • Oi Mei (they/them) and Adie (she/they) from Stop Asian Hate UK (SAHUK), a mixed British/Chinese creative and a freelance copywriter and science communicator will explore whether we should blend in or exert our ESEA identity.
  • Mark Healey – an independent Hate Crime Specialist, CEO of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NHCAW) and Croydon Hate Crime Officer at METRO Charity will share his experience of educating the wider community on racism and hate crime.
  • Julliet Makhapila – a community transformer, educator, political activist and founder of the UK Africa Diaspora Forum will share lessons from the Black community efforts to reform the UK school curriculum.
  • Professor Astrid Nordin, Lau Chair of Chinese International Relations in the Lau China Institute, Kings College London will consider the impact of geo-politics on Sinophobia and how the UK Chinese community may respond.
  • Richard Spence – a freelance investigative journalist examining new legislation that the UK government plans to implement to curtail foreign interference will share his research and draw lessons from Australia and the United States.

Outline Programme

10:30 – 10:45  Welcome

10:45 – 11:45  Identity - Perceptions of ourselves and by others

11:45 – 12:45  Racism -  The effectivness of the justice system

12:45 – 13:00  Break

13:00 – 14:00  Education - The case for curriculum change

14:00 – 15:00  Sinophobia - The impact of geo-politics and media reporting

15:00 - 15:30   Closing Plenary

The conference will be chaired by Dr Yeow Poon and the thematic sessions moderated by CARG Core Team members.

Although the focus will be on Chinese, East and Southeast Asians, the issues cut across all ethnic groups in the UK and we can learn from each other.  if there are any issues and ideas you like to raise, please register and tell us.

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