Contextualizing Racism and Migration: Time, Place and Generational Perspectives in Anti-Racist Praxis

Issued: Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:33:00 BST

School of Education in collaboration with UNESCO RILA and CR&DALL is organising the next conference of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Migration, Transnationalism and Racisms Network. The conference will take place in April 2020 (22-24th) at the University of Glasgow. Abstracts should be submitted by November 15th 2019.

Contextualizing Racism and Migration: Time, Place and Generational Perspectives in Anti-Racist Praxis

The social and political developments in various parts of the contemporary world, have witnessed the resurgence of nationalist politics and intensification of hatred in the lives of societies. This phenomenon is accompanied by the growing vulnerability of groups and communities targeted by proponents of restricting trans-border movement of people, opposition to multiculturalism and construction of monolithic racial identities. Racism and other forms of xenophobia, anti-Muslim sentiments, blaming of and violence against refugees and other migrants, antisemitism – all these and related social dynamics have become an urgent international public issue. The above developments and challenges can be phrased in a common terminology of prejudice, discrimination, exclusion, bigotry, domination, hate speech, hate crime and other concepts, and should be dealt with under a broad umbrella of human rights protection, democracy and politics of inclusivity. There are however specific circumstances and conditions that differentiate both problem and solutions across contexts. Politics of hatred and intolerance emerge under concrete conditions. While they may spread between countries, territories or societal sectors, they draw on tensions arisen or invented in particular ‘social worlds’ – interconnected but specific. As adult educators and researchers of adult learning, we see the relationship between universally shared and situated knowledges as a significant issue to be grasped and revisited.

We invite participants of varying perspectives and experiences, who are connected by a critical view of the abovementioned issues and by an involvement in efforts aimed at achieving more inclusive and more solidly democratic society. Our intention is to bring together individuals and teams for whom adult education and learning constitute crucial and critical factors in such efforts. As we understand adult education and learning in a broad sense, which encompasses various modes of education and learning (formal/informal, individual/group-based, theoretical and action-guided, arts-based etc.), we hope the conference will include a wide range of contributors: academic and non-academic researchers, practitioners in the field of migration and social policy, educators from tertiary institutions, NGOs and community groups, art and sports educators, campaigners, organizers and others engaged in the field.

We invite contributions from European as well as non-European countries exploring, but not necessarily limited to, the following thematic clusters:

  • Understanding commonalities and specificities of racism and right-wing populism between countries and regions
  • Migration and integration policies, their implementation, understanding and societal reactions
  • Diversity of experiences among those affected
  • Anti-racist civil society in action
  • Research on adult education/learning and the study of racism and anti-racism

Visit the conference website for further details https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/education/esrea2020/Please feel free to share the call with other colleagues/PhD students who might be interested. The conference is co-funded by the School of Education research teaching groups: Culture, Literacies, Inclusion and Pedagogy as well as People, Place and Social Change.


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